EHSCOPlays with Poetry


Plays with Poetry
Plays with Poetry
Directed by Kandie Carle

Saturday, June 25 2005, 7:00 pm - Midnight
Essex, CT

A fundraiser to support the work of The Sanctuary at Shepardfields.

Part of a full evening of socializing, entertainment, raffles, book reading and signing, food and dance.

7:00 pm - Midnight, June 25 @ The Iron Chef Restaurant, Essex, CT


Restaurant Information

Arrive early for Dinner in the main dining room!

The Iron Chef is a casual family style restaurant with cozy booths, light wood tables and pleasant background music. They serve an International cuisine with an emphasis on Chinese fare. Steak, chicken, beef, pork and seafood entrees are served. Appetizers, soups, salads, a sushi bar, teriyaki dishes, steamed and fried rice, noodles, side orders, combination plates, desserts and more are served. A full bar features domestic and imported liquors, mixed drinks, wines and beers. Entree Prices: $5.95 - $27.95


The Beneficiary

The Sanctuary at Shepardfields

The Sanctuary at Shepardfields is a small spiritual life center located on forty acres of beautiful East Haddam, Connecticut countryside. The Sanctuary welcomes people from all walks of life and spiritual/religious traditions and paths seeking spiritual depth through inner reflection, meditation, worship, and dialogue. For more information about The Sanctuary visit


The Production

Plays With Poetry Ensemble Fully developed 10 minute plays from established and new playwrights are interspersed with imaginative and diverse poems by Connecticut poets. Thought provoking language presented by professional actors moving smoothly from dialogue to verse and back again.

Come laugh, ponder and reflect with us while supporting a worthy cause.

Note: contains some adult language and situations

Typical examples of audience feedback from our November '04 production:

"The direction is outstanding and the production and staging are very innovative and provocative" Dale Burr, Chester, CT

"Wonderful all around. Unique concept, relevent topics, wonderful performers" Josi Klein, Granby, CT

"Beautifully done! Loved the diversity of both poems & plays - lots of flavor" Betsy McHaley, Killingworth, CT

"Loved it!! More, more, more!" Christine Beck, West Hartford

"Absolutely superb - Bravo!" Diane Tracy, Chester, CT


The Plays

Anything For You
by Cathy Celesia

A dramatic piece with plenty of humor. Happily married Lynette interrupts her friend Gail's small talk to declare, "I have to have an affair." What starts out as banter between best friends soon escalates to a test of their friendship.

Executive Dance
by Joe DiPietro

Young executives caught up in corporate "team building" activities, wind up dancing with each other in this crowd pleasing comedy.

Seeing the Light
by Robert McKay

Will this missile silo unit react to a potential emergency with cool efficiency or crack under pressure? Or both at the same time??

by David Smilow

A devilishly entertaining comedy of middle-class people in bizarre situations. Three friends are stuck riding in a car with a paranoid driver, who unravels at the wheel while his fianc? keeps up a colorful commentary.

The Poetry

Poems by CT poets dramatically and comically interpreted by the actors and interspersed throughout the production.


Ticket Information

General Seating $25. Space is limited.
Reservations and advanced payment are required.
Call or e-mail first: 860-873-3521,

After making your reservation, you must send your check (postmarked by June 18th) to:

The East Haddam Stage Company
PO Box 176
East Haddam CT 06423

After June 18th we will confirm your phone request and ask that you pay at the door (cash or CT checks) on June 25th.

Ticket price includes:

  • Private Open Bar all night long.
  • Social hour with a terrific assortment of cheese/crackers and fruit hors de voures
  • Reverend Patricia Gallagher speaks about The Sanctuary
  • Karen Hunter reads selected segments from her popularly received book "Gay Priest and The Woman Who Loves Her"
  • Performance of "Plays With Poetry" by The East Haddam Stage Company
  • Delicious desserts, coffee and teas. Ms. Hunter sells and autographs her books.
  • Dancing and Partying until Midnight.

A full evening of finger foods, great drinks, provocative, funny theater topped off with some good time movin' and groovin'.



Iron Chef Restaurant
21 Plains Rd (Rte 153)
Essex, CT

Their banquet facility (The Black Orchid Room) is a large multi-leveled theater and party room. A perfect venue for a good time.


The Cast

Casey Carle
Casey Carle

East Haddam, CT

Michele Massa
Michele Massa
New Haven, CT

Todd Little
Todd Little
Cromwell, CT

Rayah Martin
Rayah Martin
West Hartford, CT

The Poets

Betsy McHaley

Susan Kinsolving

Elizabeth Thomas

Reggie Marra
New Milford

Angela Mendez
West Haven

Natalie Lindstrom

Alexandrina Sergio

Sherri Bedingfield
West Hartford

Damien Langan

Jeff Meyer
East Haddam

Yesod-Frederick Knowles

Directed by

Kandie Carle
Kandie Carle

East Haddam, CT


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