Triple Shadow presents The Belle of Amherst in East Otis Aug 17-26

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/

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