Austin Shakespeare Presents: The Belle of Amherst
Helen Merino returns to portray innovative American poet, Emily Dickinson, in this solo turn by celebrated playwright William Luce. With a wicked sense of humor, she defied the conventions of the time and was seldom published during her lifetime. Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in the 1970s and appeared in a popular TV adaptation of the play. Dickinson’s unique style of writing has had a profound influence on the future of American poetry. Known as an eccentric in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, she withdrew increasingly from society, relishing her local notoriety and becoming an accomplished baker as well as poet. Eventually, she wrote 1,800 poems, moving from the sentimentality of her early work to more emotional poems.