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Living History – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Actor, J.T. Turner
Wednesday November 18th
2 pm – 3 pm

Award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape in his original & engaging one-man show, “Fitzgerald and Gatsby.” J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author’s life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby. Participants can get involved through brief readings and questions during the hour long program, and are encouraged, though not required, to read The Great Gatsby and/or view the film in advance of their visit with its author.

J.T.’s past performances for Arts Escape are; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost and the Ghosts of Shakespeare. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Discounts are available when purchasing multiple tickets. Please use the drop-down menu when ordering. Advance reservations are recommended due to limited seating.


This program will provide a history of this often misunderstood instrument along with a demonstration of the rich and varied variety of music that it can play, including classical, jazz, contemporary, show tunes and ethnic. Presented by members of the American Accordionists Association and the Connecticut Accordion Association.

The Accordion in American Culture

This presentation will feature CAA Orchestra Conductor Peter Peluso in a lecture-recital tracing the accordion from the early 1900s and throughout the golden age to the present. Pieces from ethnic, jazz, classical repertory as well as compositions written for the instrument will be performed.

Writing Open Mic

Hosts – Nancy McMillan & Cindy Eastman
Thursday, November 7 & December 5
7 pm – 9 pm

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and seating is limited to 20. Please call to register 203-586-1474

Tea with Mrs. Dickens

Actress, Marci Diamond
Wednesday, December 4th
2 pm – 3:30 pm

Join the wife of Charles Dickens, in period costume, for a festive holiday tea*! Catherine Dickens shares stories about her life, Victorian Christmas and culinary traditions, and what it’s like to be married to the most famous author in the world. Mrs. Dickens will even share details of Charles and her favorite bills of fare (menus) and receipts (recipes) from her published cookbook, “What Shall We Have for Dinner?” with her guests.

This original, engaging, historically accurate 40 minute show usually is accompanied by Q and A time with the performer, for a total one hour performance. Show premiered in Massachusetts in 2016 at the Groveland Historic Society, and was featured at Dickens on the Strand (TX) and the Charles River Museum of Industry in both 2017 and 2018, among other venues. Co-written by J.T. Turner and Marci Diamond, and is performed by Marci Diamond, M.P.A., professional actress (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) and manager of The Actors Company.

Admission is $20 in advance. Bring a friend and receive a discount. Please use the drop-down menu when registering.

Tea will be served!