The Belle of Amherst 


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Ms. Sharon Garrison as Emily Dickinson

Garrison, Sharon round FORMER websiteThe “Belle of Amherst” is Emily Dickinson, the enigmatic 19th century New England poet whose reclusive life was also amazingly productive and, eventually, extraordinarily influential. Of the almost 1,800 poems she wrote, fewer than a dozen were published during her lifetime, but over time she has become heralded as one of America’s best known and most powerful poets. The Belle of Amherst, the one-woman play written by William Luce, opened on Broadway in 1976, with Julie Harris playing the title role to great acclaim and winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, along with many other honors. Luce’s play is set in Dickinson’s Amherst, Massachusetts, home and reveals the compelling story of her life through her poetry, diaries, and letters.

Emily Dickinson is portrayed on the Institute’s stage by Ms. Sharon Garrison, an award-winning actor of both stage and screen. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, she has appeared in dozens of regional theater productions over her long career and in recent years has achieved prominence in the film and television industry.

November 16, 17, 18, 7:30pm Curtain; Reception 7:00pm
November 19, 2:30pm Curtain; Reception 2:00pm

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