The Millibo Presents:
The Belle of Amherst
by William Luce
staring 2023 Henry Award Winner, Best Actress – Jessica Robblee
Dates: November 2nd – 12th
Thursday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 5 – 2:00pm Matinee
Thursday, November 9th through Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12 – 2:00pm
Tickets: $25 on Thursday, $28 Friday – Sunday
The Belle of Amherst sheds new light on the radiant rebel that was and is the poet Emily Dickinson. She rarely left her bedroom. She requested her papers be burned. Yet, she is widely considered one of the English-speaking world’s greatest poets.
Set between 1830 and 1886 at her home in Massachusetts, this one-woman show takes us through some of Emily’s most significant encounters with important characters in her life. The Belle of Amherst invites you into the mystery of the reclusive woman who wrote those poems you read in high school. She was a woman of magnitude, humor, and feeling– a woman who defied conventional society’s mores in order to find freedom through her pen.
Award-winning Playwright Luce writes in his 1976 Author’s Notes for The Belle of Amherst:
“The essential Emily of my play is secretly saying to the audience: ‘Pardon my insanity, Pardon my jubilation to Nature, my terror of midnight, my childlike wonder at love, my white renunciation. Nothing more do I ask than to share with you the ecstasy and sacrament of my life.’
Praise for Jessica Robblee’s performance: