Emily Dickinson is one of the most original poets America has ever produced, but also one of the least understood. Deceptively simple at times, mysterious at others, she is a complex writer who can deliver a verse with an impact on the reader that is nothing short of stunning. Unknown during her life, deemed too "irregular" for publication, her first posthumous collection immediately sold out through six printings. There is an unmistakable intimacy and power to the poet's voice—her verses, like Shakespeare's, first startle us with their remarkable immediacy, then astound with their beauty and breadth. This Winter quarter, Continuing Studies offers you three opportunities to increase your appreciation of Dickinson's work, and discover why this brilliant and reclusive writer continues to be one of the most popular poets in the English language.
"The Ghoul of Amherst"
Playwright Amy Freed (The Beard of Avon, Restoration Comedy) has twice written plays that feature Emily Dickinson as a character. This evening's program will present one of those short works in a rich, lively atmosphere.
“The Ghoul of Amherst” is a short, comic vignette set during Emily's death bed visit to a dying school chum. It addresses with admiration and humor Miss Dickinson's more grisly preoccupations with the mysteries of the grave. Word for Word theater company actress JoAnne Winter, who originally played Emily, will reprise her role in a special performance. Amy Freed will introduce the play and discuss the life and work of Emily Dickinson afterward.
Soul at the White Heat will also be performed.
Wednesday, March 12
Roble Studio Theater
FREE; no registration required
Open to the public
Admission InfoFree and open to public