ACT, a popular and successful new theater in Ridgefield, was shut down halfway through its second season because of COVID-19. “We canceled everything, so it was a huge hit,” said artistic director Daniel C. Levine, who pointed out that this Equity professional theater didn’t start out in a basement or church hall, but went all out with a full-fledged theater facility. “We’re small with 180 seats and we’re too new to be eligible for grants, and we don’t have endowments. We were terrified to do nothing. We didn’t want to lose our momentum,” said Levine.
The theater transitioned to virtual presentations, but now ACT is about to open its doors to a live audience for the upcoming production of “The Last Five Years.” Knowing that it’s small, the theater can do things safely. “We’ve worked hard with Equity to open in October. Equity is even more strict than the state. They care about their members and have detailed guidelines. They even hired OSHA to make sure safety is a priority.”