"tour de force performance" -Sun-Times
The Belle of Amherst
By William Luce
Directed by Sean Graney
Nov 02, 2017 — Dec 03, 2017
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED “gloriously phosphorescent performance” —Sun-Times
“[Kate Fry is] at least the equal of any actress of her generation in Hollywood … [she] inhabits Dickinson quite beautifully …” –Chicago Tribune
“’The heart wants what it wants — or else it does not care,’ Dickinson wrote. In her tour de force performance, Fry bares that heart in its every beat.” —Sun-Times
Emily Dickinson’s own original poems, diary entries, and letters welcome us into her Massachusetts home, where she shares snippets of joy and creation amongst the heartache of an isolated and misunderstood life.
This 1976 play by William Luce offers a glimpse into the complex life of one of the most prolific poets of our time. Playwright and director Sean Graney returns to Court for the fourth time to direct The Belle of Amherst, with Kate Fry (The Hard Problem; Electra; Caroline, or Change) starring as Emily Dickinson.
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)Download Program
Court Theatre’s 2017/18 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.
The Belle of Amherst is sponsored by
Photo of Kate Fry by Michael Brosilow.
Scenic DesignerArnel Sancianco
Costume DesignerSamantha C. Jones
Lighting DesignerMike Durst
Sound DesignerAndre Pluess
Sound DesignerChristopher M. LaPorte
Emily DickinsonKate Fry
Articles and Interviews
Producers' Circle Member Event: First Rehearsal
Director Sean Graney will welcome everyone into the production process and introduce the artistic team, who will present set, lighting, and costume designs.
UChicago Student Night: Friday, November 3
University of Chicago students are invited to enjoy FREE pizza and refreshments after the performance.
Producers' Circle Member Event: Opening Night
Enjoy a buffet dinner reception followed a performance of William Luce’s 1976 play offering a glance into the complex life of one of the most prolific poets of our time—Emily Dickinson.