Austin Shakespeare

The Belle of Amherst

Nov 14 - Dec 1

Event Details

  • Thu, Nov. 14
    8:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov. 15
    8:00 pm
  • Sat, Nov. 16
    8:00 pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17
    3:00 pm
  • Thu, Nov. 21
    8:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov. 22
    8:00 pm
  • Sat, Nov. 23
    8:00 pm
  • Sun, Nov. 24
    3:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov. 29
    8:00 pm
  • Sat, Nov. 30
    8:00 pm
  • Sun, Dec. 1
    3:00 pm

All Ages

The Long Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to broadening the appreciation and enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts.



Austin Shakespeare presents The Belle of Amherst, November 14 through December 1 at the Long Center.

Helen Merino returns to portray innovative American poet, Emily Dickinson, in this solo turn by celebrated playwright William Luce. With a wicked sense of humor, she defied the conventions of the time and was seldom published during her lifetime. Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in the 1970’s and appeared in a popular TV adaptation of the play. Dickinson’s unique style of writing has had a profound influence on the future of American poetry. Known as an eccentric in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, she withdrew increasingly from society, relishing her local notoriety and becoming an accomplished baker as well as poet. Eventually, she wrote 1,800 poems, moving from the sentimentality of her early work to more emotional poems.

Tea with Emily

Join Emily Dickinson for Tea on Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 pm before the 3:00 pm performance of The Belle of Amherst. Helen Merino will appear as Emily Dickinson to engage you with poetry and some of her famous Black Cake, along with other tasty treats and a sample of tea and coffee. It’s a great way to get ready for the show. Ticket includes Tea with Emily and admittance to The Belle of Amherst.


(Tickets to Tea with Emily are also available for purchase separately.)

Holiday Food Drive

This year the Long Center will be partnering with Caritas of Austin to help prevent and end poverty in Austin. Caritas serves over 20,000 people each year whose opportunities have been diminished by poverty and homelessness. Our clients include households of all kinds; many of whom are veterans, refugees, women and children. They all share a common reality: they are struggling to get by. They are currently homeless or could become homeless at any time. Regardless of clients’ past experience and future goals, Caritas works alongside each one to increase stability and self-sufficiency (learn more).

We will have collection bins set up near main building entrances, and would encourage you to bring something with you when coming to this performance (see a list of the most-needed items). Help us make Austin a better place this holiday season!

About Austin Shakespeare

We strive to find the best classical actors in the Austin area; usually half of our casts have worked with Austin Shakespeare before and occasionally we bring in guest artists. We value designers. Our resident lighting designer, Jason Amato, transforms our stage world by taking us on a journey with his unique creativity. Artistic director Ann Ciccolella takes pride in casting a strong ensemble team from leads to character actors.  Austin Shakespeare’s board of directors supports the company’s theater of ideas and emotions.  At our core, we love glorious language. Our motto is to “celebrate the best within us.” Later in the season, we will continue our 30th anniversary of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park with the most romantic of comedies: As You Like It, the month of May at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre.  In late June, our Young Shakespeare teen actors will stage a professionally designed and directed production of The Tempest at Richard Garriott de Cayeux’ Curtain Theatre, a replica of an Elizabethan theater on the shores of Lake Austin.

Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.