Washington actress Caroline Kinsolving to perform in 'Almost, Maine' at local theater

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WASHINGTON — Over the course of her career, Washington actress Caroline Kinsolving has performed in theater, film and TV in a variety of roles, including CBS-TV’s “Criminal Minds” and “Cold Case,” Jennie Malone in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore” with Christine Baranski and Mia Farrow.

Additionally, she was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Vanda Jordan in “Venus in Fur.”

This weekend, Kinsolving will take part in a reading of the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” in Washington’s Theatre for Good featuring playwright, novelist, and Tony-nominated Broadway star John Cariani. Shepaug Valley High School drama teacher Beth Harvison will be reading as well.

The reading will be Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Judy Black Park and Gardens, 1 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot. Admission is a suggested donation of $30 per person.

Theatre for Good, created by Kinsolving, donates proceeds to local charities. All Theatre for Good shows are performed readings. Donations to “Almost, Maine” will benefit Wintergreen Arts and Judy Black Park and Gardens. To reserve tickets, email CKinsolving@mac.com. To learn more about Kinsolving, visit CarolineKinsolving.com.

In the reading, she’ll be playing multiple characters.

Kinsolving has starred in all of Cariani’s plays and recently said she feels a strong connection to them.

“They’re real and honest, with a little magic,” said Kinsolving, who grew up in Bridgewater. “I think that that’s what life is — it’s sometimes unexplainable, and we all have those moments where life is just amazing and miraculous.”

‘Life changing experience’

Kinsolving said her favorite role, and one in which she misses every day, is Vanda Venus in “Venus in Fur,” which was a “life-changing experience.”

In the production, the female lead plays three characters.

“One is very regal, very dignified and very graceful, another is balsy and brash and unelegant. The third is a seductress,” Kinsolving said.

Performing as Adrienne in “Cry it Out” on the Hartford Stage shortly before the pandemic was one of the best shows Kinsolving said she’s ever been involved in.

“The three other people (Erin Gann, Evelyn Spahr and Rachel Spencer-Hewitt) I was working with in the cast were so special,” she said, adding everyone behaved like an equal. “There was no ego.”

Kinsolving said living in Litchfield County has shaped her into the kind of person she is today.

“It’s a very unique experience to grow up playing in the woods behind your house,” she said. “I feel very lucky to have literally spent hours and hours by a stream alone in the wilderness.”

She said there’s a lot of talent in Litchfield County — and with neighbors as artists, her childhood in Bridgewater “was a real modern day Connecticut bloomsbury, a collective of artists in one small area.”

Litchfield resident Lindsey Turner, who has known Kinsolving since they were in preschool at Washington Montessori School, said Kinsolving is not only a very talented actress but “also an incredible human. She’s a yoga instructor and hosts a series of classes called Yoga for Good, and has a suggested donation. Whatever donation she receives, she pays forward to various charities. Caroline is always looking around to to see if she can help.”

Through Theatre for Good and Yoga for Good, Kinsolving has donated $33,000 to various local causes and charities.

sfox@milfordmirror.com