July 15, 2011
Morningside College presents the one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst” with Broadway actress Barbara Kingsley at 7 p.m. on July 22 and 23 in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, 3625 Garretson Avenue, on the college’s campus.
“The Belle of Amherst” is based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson and is set in her Amherst, Massachusetts, home. The play makes use of Dickinson’s work, diaries and letters to focus on encounters with the significant people in her life. Randy Peters, artistic director for Morningside’s Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series, said, “The show balances the agony of Dickinson’s seclusion with the bright moments of her life in a wonderful look at this amazing woman.”
Kingsley’s Broadway credits include “August: Osage County” and its national tour. Kingsley’s regional theater career spans over 30 years in productions from coast to coast, including the Guthrie Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis., Cincinnati Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. Kingsley also is a 12-year veteran in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Minnesota.
The free performances of “The Belle of Amherst” are underwritten by the Mary Margaret Chandler Endowed Storytelling Program. The family of the late Mary Margaret Chandler, a Sioux City area educator and librarian, established the Mary Margaret Chandler Endowed Storytelling Program at Morningside College to share her love of storytelling.
In the event of rain, performances will move to Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Ave., on the Morningside campus.
“The Belle of Amherst” is the fourth performance in the 2011 Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series. Remaining performances include the children’s musical “Hansel and Gretel” on August 5 and 6; and Quartus, a rock/jam band, on August 20. All performances are free and open to the public.