Poetry fans will gain new insight into Emily Dickinson from the William Luce play, Belle of Amherst, being presented by Island Theatre at the Library on Saturday and Sunday June 15 and 16 at 7:30.

Composed almost entirely in her own words from letters painstakingly researched by the playwright, this whimsical one-woman show offers not only readings of Dickinson’s poems but a compelling picture of the poet, her wry wit, the possible reasons behind some of her life choices, and what life was like for an intelligent and creative woman in mid-1800’s New England.

Listen here as Jennifer Hodges, who plays Dickinson in this reading, and Steve Stolee, director of the show, share some of what they’ve discovered about the contemporary implications of this elusive character in the process of putting together this production.

.. and be sure to come see why Emily Dickinson’s legacy — her poetry, her courage, and the fascinating life of seclusion she chose — still has relevance today. That’s Belle of Amherst, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 7:30 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. For more information, visit islandtheatre.org.

Credits: BCB host, audio editor, and publisher: Diane Walker.