BENNINGTON >> Paula Mann portrays the iconic American poet. Emily Dickinson, in the Oldcastle Theatre Company's production of "The Belle of Amherst" by William Luce Friday April 1 through April 3.

The play delicately explores the life of America's greatest woman poet at various stages in her experience from the age of 15, when she was full of hope and success, until she died at 56, a virtual recluse with her door closed against society. Her life is recreated with liberal excerpts from her poetry — and by the method of her playing the roles of her father, teacher, and friends. The Boston Globe critic called the play, "One of the most singularly beautiful evenings I've ever spent in a theater."

Ms. Mann, a long time favorite of both Oldcastle and Dorset Theatre Festival audiences has performed in regional theatres around the country including the Barter, Delaware Theater Company, and Playwright's Horizon. She has appeared in several productions with Oldcastle Theatre including "Our Town, Third, Rembrandt's Gift, A Body of Water" and "Other People's Money."She is currently Director of the Theater Program at Green Mountain College

The playwright, William Luce, often specialized in one person plays such as "Barrymore" which was presented on Broadway starring Christopher Plummer "Lillian" about the playwright Lillian Hellman, "The Last Flapper" which was the story of Zelda Fizgerald. Luce won many awards including the Peabody, the Christopher, the Carbonell and Columbia University's Armstrong Award.


Oldcastle Theatre has featured a number of plays this year about great writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost and, upcoming this fall, Shirley Jackson.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or further information visit the Oldcastle website at or calling 802-447-0564.