Ventfort revives 'Belle of Amherst'

Thursday, November 20
LENOX — The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, will revive the popular production of "The Belle of Amherst" for the museum's "A Home for the Holidays" program during Christmas Week.

The 4 p.m. performances are Friday, Dec. 26; Sunday, Dec. 28; and Wednesday, Dec. 31. The 7:30 p.m. performances are Saturday, Dec. 27; Monday, Dec. 29; and Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker St., Lenox.

Berkshire actress Anne Undeland returns to perform the title role of the one-woman play.

"The Belle of Amherst" is based on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson, who resided in Amherst. First presented on Broadway in 1976, starring Julie Harris, the play was an instant success and has been performed frequently throughout the nation.

Considered one of America's pre-eminent poets, Dickinson led a reclusive life infused with a creative energy that produced nearly 1,800 poems, none of which were published until after her death, and a life-long series of vibrant letters that reveal the heart of a shy, yet radiant, romantic woman.

Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are encouraged; space is limited. For tickets, call (413) 637-3206.


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