(EAST OTIS, Mass.) – The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play about poet Emily Dickinson, is being revived by Triple Shadow in a site-specific, indoor/outdoor production performed by Mari Andrejco as Emily Dickinson and directed by Beth Skinner.
The production played to sold-out audiences last season, and this summer’s performances run through August 26, 2012, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
Triple Shadow’s Performance Barn is located at 621 Algerie Rd. in East Otis. Desserts and beverages are offered and the audience is encouraged to bring pre-performance picnics. Performances will be held rain or shine.
Triple Shadow’s Belle of Amherst begins outside in Dickinson’s garden. As day turns to night, Emily brings the audience inside both figuratively and metaphorically, exploring the deeper recesses of her mind and inspirations for her poetry. The audience experiences Dickinson’s poetry as newly created thoughts reflecting our New England landscape and a quieter, simpler time.
Dickinson lived a life of transcendent reflection. Her poems were inspired by a circumscribed world of home, garden, and the village of Amherst. Although rarely published in her own lifetime, Dickinson came to be considered one of America’s great poets.
Triple Shadow creates visual theater challenging artistic boundaries, revealing the interconnectedness between human cultures and nature. The collaborative process is intercultural and interdisciplinary, affecting audiences in sensory and subconscious ways creating new perceptions of time and memory.
Mari Andrejco (actor) trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She has performed with Triple Shadow in Europe, Mexico, Egypt and the U.S., done stage acting, television and video, appearing as Queen Elizabeth I and Susan B. Anthony for PBS. She has worked with Shakespeare and Company, and the Pleiades Company and has taught at the Institute for Arts in Education in the Albany schools.
Beth Skinner (director) has premiered ten productions at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City with support from the theater programs of National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as grants from NEA Opera and NEA Presenting Program. The company has toured to Egypt, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Canada and Indonesia and collaborated with artists from Japan, China, Korea, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, Mexico, France and Russia.
The Belle of Amherst is presented with public funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and New York State Council on the Arts. Admission is by suggested donation of $20. Tickets can be reserved by calling 413.269.4201.