“The Belle of Amherst” Performances Slated At JCC

Christina Rausa
Christina Rausa

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“The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickinson and starring Christina Rausa, will be performed at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in April.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. on April 23 in the Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus and on April 24 in Cutco Theater on the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. Admission is $5 for the general public. JCC Faculty Student Association cardholders are admitted free.

Tickets can be obtained for the Jamestown performance by calling 338.1187 and the Olean performance by calling 376.7514.

“The Belle of Amherst,” written by William Luce is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., and will be sponsored by JCC’s libraries. Support for the production is provided through a grant from the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

Audience members can meet Ms. Rausa and enjoy refreshments after the performances.

Emily Dickinson never married and seldom left her father’s house during the last 20 years of her life. She wrote hundreds of poems, sharing them with only a small circle of friends and family. While almost none of it was published during Dickinson’s lifetime, her poetry is widely read among high school and college students.

Ms. Rausa performed “The Belle of Amherst” to sold-out audiences at Buffalo’s Café Theatre in the mid-1990s and received rave reviews for her recent performance of Maria Callas in “Master Class” at MusicalFare Theatre.

One reviewer remarked on Ms. Rausa’s ability to make the audience feel as if Dickinson herself is on the stage during “The Belle of Amherst”: “Rausa’s vision of America’s mystic poetess Emily Dickinson is filled with spunky wonder and passion.”