The joint Theater Department of the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine will present “The Belle of Amherst,” William Luce’s play about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 20-23, in Frey Theater on the campus of the College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and free to students, staff and faculty with IDs from the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (UST, CSC, Augsburg College, Hamline University and Macalester College). For tickets call (651) 690-6700.

Written as a one-woman play in 1976, “The Belle of Amherst” earned renown in 1977, when actress Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance. In the UST-CSC production, three women will present a “performance reading” of the play to portray Dickinson at various stages of her life from 1845 to 1886 in Amherst, Mass.

Dickinson is almost as famous for her mysteriously secluded life as for her poetry. She never married, and after age 30 she saw nearly no one outside her immediate family. She wrote more than 1,700 poems, only 10 of which were published during her lifetime, and these were published without her permission. After her death, however, her family discovered many of them and began to seek their publication. Dickinson’s poems still were being published for the first time as late as 1955.

The UST-CSC production of “The Belle of Amherst” features Alison Leuthard and Tricia Swiderski of St. Thomas and Betsy Wintheiser of St. Catherine. Director Jo Ann Holonbek logs her 50th production in 26 years on the Theater Department faculty.

For more information about St. Thomas-St. Catherine theater productions, call (651) 962-6680.

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