It’s 1883 in Amherst, Massachusetts. “The Belle of Amherst” by William Luce takes place at the home of poet Emily Dickinson, as she tells her story through anecdotes based on biographical information, her letters, and her poems in this one-woman bio-drama. Welcoming the audience inside, Dickinson reveals both the joyous and heart-breaking events in her life that shaped her enigmatic existence and engaging poetry. The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting the play from April 24 to May 15, 2021.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Director Frank D. Shutts, II, said for decades he wanted to direct small cast shows at LTA. “Unfortunately, the small cast often means small profits, so the Board has always avoided those shows. If there is a sunny side to Covid, it is the need for small-cast shows. When the call went out to directors to submit shows with a limited cast, I leaped at the opportunity to submit ‘Belle’ .… What better show for socially distanced times than a monodrama about Emily Dickinson, the socially distant poet?” he said.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, ““The Belle of Amherst” will be Karen Jadlos Shotts’ 16th show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Almost all of her roles have been leads. The shows include comedies such as “Born Yesterday” and “God of Carnage,” thrillers such as “Pack of Lies,” dramas such as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Rabbit Hole,” and “Scotland Road,” seven musicals, including “The Fantasticks and “The Little Shop of Horrors.””