Thursday, August 29, 2013

THE BELLE OF AMHERST, with Helen Merino, Austin Shakespeare at the Rollins Theatre, Long Center, November 14 -24, 2013

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Belle of Amherst Helen Merino Austin Shakespeare TX

by William Luce
a one-woman performance by Helen Merino

November 14-24, 2013
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Rollins Theatre, Long Center, 701 Riverside at S. First -- click for map

Season subscription tickets for this production and for Othello now available on-line at the Long Center

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 1970’s 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.

About Austin Shakespeare We strive to find the best classical actors in the Austin area; usually half of our casts have worked with Austin Shakespeare before and occasionally we bring in guest artists. We value designers. Our resident lighting designer, Jason Amato, transforms our stage world by taking us on a journey with his unique creativity. Artistic director Ann Ciccolella takes pride in casting a strong ensemble team from leads to character actors. Austin Shakespeare’s board of directors supports the company’s theater of ideas and emotions. At our core, we love glorious language. Our motto is to “celebrate the best within us.” Later in the season, we will continue our 30th anniversary of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park with the most romantic of comedies: As You Like It, the month of May at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre. In late June, our Young Shakespeare teen actors will stage a professionally designed and directed production of The Tempest at Richard Garriott de Cayeux’ Curtain Theatre, a replica of an Elizabethan theater on the shores of Lake Austin.

Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.

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