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Live From the Ridgefield Playhouse, it’s Saturday Night! Next generation SNL stars James Austin Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, and Devon Walker team up for their first ever tour! Johnson, best known for his stellar Trump impression, is in his third season on SNL. Dismukes began as a writer for the show, receiving two Emmy Nominations for his work, before transitioning into a main cast member. Walker is currently in his second season of the show and frequently visits Colin Jost and Michael Che on Weekend Update.

About Andrew Dismukes:

Andrew Dismukes is a stand up comedian, writer and actor. This year, he returned to “Saturday Night Live” for his third season as a cast member after starting on the show as a staff writer in Season 43. He is a series regular in the forthcoming Amazon animated original, THE HOSPITAL, alongside Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne, Kieran Culkin and more. Andrew started performing stand up comedy in Austin, TX while studying at the University of Texas where he received a B.S. in radio, television and film. He has performed all across North America and the UK. In 2017 he was named one of the New Faces at the Just For Laughs Festival. He’s also performed at the Moon Tower Comedy Festival, the Dublin comedy Festival, Clusterfest and the New York Comedy Festival, to name a few.

About James Austin Johnson:

James Austin Johnson is a comedian originally from Nashville and a cast member on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. The New York Times has called him “one of SNL’s most versatile celebrity impressionists.” His spot-on impression of Trump paired with his improvisational ramblings about Weird Al, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Scooby Doo have garnered over 5 million views, with profiles on James in Vanity Fair, Slate, Mashable and VICE to name a few. As an actor, James’ TV/Film credits include FUTURE MAN, BASKETS, ROBBIE, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE LAST TYCOON and the Coen Brothers’ feature HAIL,CAESAR!. As a stand up, James has performed on the Vice series FLOPHOUSE, as well as RIOT LA, and JUST FOR LAUGHS as a New Face. He currently voices the Grinch on Wondery’s ‘TIS THE GRINCH HOLIDAY TALK SHOW’.

About Devon Walker:

Devon Walker is a stand-up and writer who is best known as a current cast member on Saturday Night Live. He acts too, but he doesn’t want to be associated with that community.Previously Devon wrote for the hit Netflix animated series Big Mouth, as well as the Freeform series “Everything’s Trash” starring Phoebe Robinson. Originally from Austin, TX and now based in New York, Devon has been featured on Comedy Central, and was listed as one of Vulture’s Comedians You Should And WILL Know in 2022. Devon’s hourlong interactive show ‘Come and Talk to Me’ will be touring the east coast this summer, and is “lowkey really good” according to audience members who have seen it. Please buy a ticket to these shows.

Before the show enjoy a tasting with Nod Hill Brewery!

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June 8, 2024


The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E. Ridge St
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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After many years of planning, fundraising, and building, the dream of restoring the Cass Gilbert Jr.-designed theater in Ridgefield became a reality with our December 2000 opening night performance by Jose Feliciano.

Since our opening, enthusiastic, sold-out audiences have enjoyed Peter Yarrow, Marcel Marceau, Barbara Cook, Moscow Boys Choir, Joan Baez, and The Bacon Brothers and more recently, Michael Feinstein, Gregg Allman, Clint Black, The Doobie Brothers, Brian Wilson, Diana Krall and more. Film-goers have been treated to question-and-answer sessions with many of the movie industry’s finest, including Ron Howard, Harvey Keitel, Tim Robbins, Barry Levinson and more, as part of our film society events, which screens both feature and documentary films. Community events such as the Ridgefield High School Orchestra Concert and the Annual Town Meeting found a new home at The Playhouse, not to mention a place for local dance companies to perform. Children have been enjoying our children series as well as our after-school programs and summer camp. Comedians such as Martin Short, Dana Carvey, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffen, Robert Klein, Ron White and many others have been making audiences laugh here while speakers such as Ira Glass, David Sedaris, and Stephen Sondheim have shared their insight and journey.

Our Arts in Education and outreach programs in addition to various series that deal with real teen issues not only fulfill our mission but also complete our sense of purpose. And of course, our free outdoor Shakespeare on the Green and Green Expo have become an annual “thank you” to all who support us.

While we can all agree with Shakespeare that “the play’s the thing,” we also know that this beautiful theater adds a great deal to the experience of a performance or movie. In an age of multiplexes and stadiums, what a pleasure to be in an impeccably renovated, historic theater with near-perfect acoustics!


Designed in 1938, the auditorium in “the old high school” (now the Richard E. Venus Municipal Center) was at one time the center of Ridgefield’s cultural life. In its heyday, before being abandoned in 1972, it was home to school performances as well as community events and town meetings. During World War II, residents had the privilege of twice hearing the legendary Arturo Toscanini conduct here.

In its new life, The Ridgefield Playhouse has been designed to embrace its former role and more. The interior preserves the hall’s excellent acoustics, which make it an ideal venue for musical performance and live theater.

At the same time, retractable draperies cover the walls enabling the “deadening” effect needed to show movies. Thanks to a generous legacy from Patricia Schuster, founder of the Ridgefield Studio of Classical Ballet, the stage was built to have the resilience necessary for dance performances. Parts of the old stage rigging have been preserved and supplemented to enable use of the stage’s large fly space. Stage lights and a state-of-the-art sound system have been installed.

Echoing the importance of the town of Ridgefield in the theater’s life is a hand-painted mural covering the lobby walls with familiar scenes of historic Ridgefield. The mural, a gift from a Ridgefield couple, was created by a local artist. Other murals enliven the interior of the performance area as well as the entryway to The Playhouse; all were gifts of Playhouse supporters.

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The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E. Ridge St
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877

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