This past weekend I wrapped up my show, “Plays and Poetry,” at East Haddam Stage Company. We had a total of TWELVE performances, with an amazing audience ranging from friends and family, to celebrated poets, writers, and theater professionals.
Some of my favorite kind of work is ensemble work where each actor has the opportunity to portray various characters in different ways…That was exactly the experience I had!
I had the opportunity to perform two poems by Angela Mendez, “Until My Pen Dies,” and “Apples and Oranges.” I loved both of them for their raw feeling and simplicity. I don’t know much about this poet except that she passed away several years ago at the age of 35. Every time I performed, I held the intention to honor her memory and channel the energy she intended for her pieces. It was an absolute thrill as an actor to perform such lovely and varied pieces. I encourage you, if you hold an interest for poetry, to check out some of her work.
In addition, we performed a REALLY FUN play called “Poets Don’t Drive Porsches” by Reggie Mara, who turns out to be a really fascinating person! He came to the show (as did many of the poets) and was a very cool guy. You can find out more about him here:
Lastly, another lovely poem I performed with actress Rayah Martin, called “Garden Hussy Sympathizer,” was written by Jacqueline Devlin. She is very sweet with some fun and edgy poems. You can learn more about her here:
Thanks to the East Haddam Stage Company for allowing me the opportunity to be exposed to, as well as to perform, such a range of interesting work.