Triple Shadow’s The 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 Emily came to be considered one of America’s great poets. The Belle of Amherst invites the audience to share her time and space both visually and viscerally. In today’s fast-paced information age Dickinson’s poetry offers insights into beauty, sorrow, loss, and the mystery of living.
Triple Shadow (www.tripleshadow.org) 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. Update 8/8/12: The run will be for two weekends from Aug. 17-26.
“Theater handcrafted from pure timeless raw material…leaves me floating, rested, purged, and high.” Allen Kennedy, The Village Voice
“My old friend, Emily Dickinson. I was so glad to meet her again! She hadn’t abandoned me after all, and, if I could, I would have run to embrace her. After listening to just the first few lines of The Belle of Amherst tears were running down my cheeks as I remembered how much Dickinson’s writing had influenced me as a young woman. It was a very happy homecoming. When you go to Triple Shadow you become part of a small group witnessing an intimate experience and conversation before, at intermission, and afterward.” Gail Burns Review: http://gailsez.org/2011/08/the-belle-of-amherst-triple-shadow/