A fund-raiser to benefit the Chekhov International Theatre Festival will take the stage at Ridgefield’s Schlumberger Theatre on Thursday, June 20.  Originally, Harvey Fierstein was to appear for a brief chat before Violette, Violette starring Anne DeAcetis as LeDuc, “the most famous unknown writer in Paris.”

Mr. Fierstein is now scheduled to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that evening.  So, host Ira Joe Fisher filmed an interview with Mr. Fierstein that will be shown at the fundraiser. ”It’s the next best thing to being with Harvey – a powerhouse in American musical theatre – in person,” said Mr. Fisher.

The interview was recorded at Ridgefield’s Southwest Café, a favorite dining spot of Fierstein’s.

The June 20 fund-raiser will also include “Uncommon Landscapes,” a fine art exhibit featuring the work of artists Suzanne Benton, Alberta Cifolelli, Mitche Kunzman, and Stephanie Joyce.  A portion of all arts sales will benefit the Festival.

Harvey Fierstein wrotethe book for the current Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which won six Tony awards.  He is also the author of Newsies, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony and Drama Desk and OBIE Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), and many other theater successes.

Tickets for the Harvey Fierstein film and the live staging of Violette Violette are $50 each, and include a wine reception before the show.

Schlumberger Theatre is located at 36 Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield.  For more information, visit www.chekhovfestival.org.