Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tucson: Bisbee's Obscure Productions Presents "The Belle of Amherst"


From: Bisbee's Obscure Productions [mailto:bisbeesobscure@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:41 AM
Subject: The Belle of Amherst


January 6, 2009

Contact: Rae Jones
(520) 432-2901

For Immediate Release

Bisbee's Obscure Productions Presents "The Belle of Amherst"

Bisbee's Obscure Productions with Central School Project will present William Luce's "The Belle of Amherst" one weekend only, Friday through Sunday, January 30 through February 1, 2009. "Belle" explores the life of Emily Dickinson, one of America's greatest poets.

Christa Smith embodies Ms. Dickinson from the age of 15, full of hope and plans for fame, until she died at 56, a wry and intuitive recluse. This one-woman show uses liberal excerpts from Dickinson's magical poetry and has Dickinson playing the roles of family members and friends. Dickinson's mysterious mentors and lovers come alive in Christa's portrayals. Julie Harris played the role on Broadway to great acclaim.

The Boston Globe called "Belle," "One of the most singularly beautiful evenings … ever spent in the theater. … a beautiful play."

"The Belle of Amherst" will play Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, at 7:30 pm. There will also be a matinee at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 pm. Sunday's performance will be interpreted into American Sign Language by talented signers from Cochise College. All shows will be at the Central School Project, 43 Howell Avenue in Old Bisbee. Central School Project is the new home of Bisbee's Obscure Productions.

Christa Smith was last seen as Josie in BOP's production of "My Blue Heaven." She has performed with BOP in roles ranging from Fahim Fakir, the wicked wizard in "Aladdin" to Inspector Craddock in "A Murder is Announced."

Tickets are $10 in advance at Atalanta's Music & Books, Bisbee Food Coop and Bisbee Visitor Center or by mail from BOP at PO Box 277, Bisbee AZ 85603. They will be $12 at the door. Students with ID are $6 at the door only.

For more information, call (520) 432-2901 or (520) 236-1754 (cell) or email obscurerae@gmail.com.




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