Date(s) - 09/21/2019
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“The Belle of Amherst” is a one-woman play starring Ojai actor and choreographer Anna Kotula under the direction of Steve Grumette, Artistic Director of the Ojai Film Festival.
William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst is based on Emily Dickinson’s life from 1830 to 1886. It is set in her family home and uses Dickinson’s diaries, letters and poems to recreate encounters with the few people to whom she was close — family, friends and acquaintances who were significant influences on her poetry.
The Belle of Amherst originally opened on Broadway in 1976 starring Julie Harris and was directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. The production ran for 116 performances, garnering a Tony Award for Harris and a Drama Desk for Unique Theatrical Experience. The production was later recorded (winning a Grammy Award), televised on PBS, and has been performed in multiple language on stages throughout the world.