The Belle of Amherst

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Jane Fellows as The Belle of Amherst – Contributed photo

Play about Dickinson at SJCT March 24-25

San Juan Community Theatre’s next Off the Rock! performance gives us an intimate glimpse into the mind, soul, humor and heart of one of American’s greatest poets – a woman who was ahead of her time, and lived as a recluse for much of her life.

The one-woman show about Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, will be presented in the Gubelman Theatre on Thursday and Friday, March 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of SJCT’s new contemporary performance series.

For more than 25 years now, actor/director Jane Fellows of Portland, Oregon has transformed herself into the poet. “Each time I have the opportunity to share this extraordinary woman and her journey with an audience, I am humbled by her genius and humanity, her insights and perceptions and her feisty non-conformist nature.”

This delightful and moving play was conceived and written by William Luce, drawing on Dickinson’s poems, letters and accounts of visits with friends. It takes audience members back to 1883, when they pay a visit to Dickinson’s parlor in Amherst, Massachusetts.

A free “sneak peek” of Fellows’ performance will be held at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a short discussion with the actor/director.

Tickets for The Belle of Amherst are $15 for adults, $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH at door only. Tickets are available online at or at the SJCT Box Office: 378-3210.

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 5:44 am by

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