In Shakespeare's plays, tragedy is usually the most dramatic of occurrences. By definition, it should be. But in real life, tragedy isn't always so... extreme. In Abelard & Heloise, written by Ronald Duncan and directed by Stefanie Woerdeman, the tragedy that separates a loving 12th century couple (caused by her asshole uncle, of all people) doesn't lead to suicide or murder, but to religious seclusion. The play is based on seven letter that form the correspondence between Heloise and Abelard after their separated in the monasteries and convents of Medieval France. See it this weekend at the Ridgefield Theater Barn's black box theater. Seating is cabaret style, and guests can bring food and drink to munch on before the show and during intermission.
Abelard & Heloise
The Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through July 28. (203) 431-9850, ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.