"Nip/Tuck" Star Joely Richardson Will Play 15 Characters in The Belle of Amherst
15 Jul 2014
Photo by Monica Simoes
Joely Richardson will star in The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play about the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, Off-Broadway this fall.
Directed by Steve Cosson, performances of William Luce's play will begin Oct. 7 prior to an official opening Oct. 19 at the Westside Theatre.
Richardson starred on the TV show "Nip/Tuck" from 2003-10. Her stage work includes Madame Melville, Ivanov, Side Effects and The Lady From the Sea. Her film credits include "Wetherby," "Drowning By Numbers," "101 Dalmatians" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
"In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson welcomes audiences into her lifelong Amherst homestead in mid-19th century Massachusetts," press notes state. "While Dickinson found solace in solitude through much of her life, acclaimed playwright William Luce weaves her poems, diaries, and letters into a one-woman portrait of one of America’s greatest and most prolific poets, mixing Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family with the poet’s own, often amusing observations. The Belle Of Amherst illuminates a brilliant wordsmith through the words she left behind."
The creative team includes Antje Ellermann (scenic design), David Weiner (lighting design) and Daniel Kluger (sound design).
The Belle of Amherst was produced on Broadway in 1976, starring Tony winner Julie Harris. Both the 1976 and 2014 productions are presented by Don Gregory.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.