Parker Playhouse Presents: THE BELLE OF AMHERST, the Story of Emily Dickinson

The Talk in 60010
April 3, 2018

 THE BELLE OF AMHERST, the Story of Emily Dickinson, to be presented at The Parker Playhouse Barrington Illinois (117 East Northwest Highway). On April 20 and 21 - 2018, at 7 pm both nights.



Don’t miss this wonderful story of one of America’s most prolific poets, portrayed by Paddy Lynn, a professional storyteller, and actress.  Paddy will be doing a 45 minute cutting of William Luce’s brilliant play, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, followed by a discussion of this beloved poet.  Discover the complexities of Emily, the trials and tribulations of her short life, and the inspiration behind the over 1,700 poems she wrote. Whether you are a poet yourself, a fan of Emily’s, or just love a great story, don’t miss this opportunity to see Emily come to life at The Parker Playhouse.

Paddy Lynn started her love for acting at the age of six when she first stepped on to the stage in the school play.  From that time on, she has been involved with over 100 productions, ranging from educational theatre, community theatre, and professional theatre.  She attended Illinois State University in the late 70’s and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre.  Since then, Paddy worked as a performer and ran a variety of children’s programs for various theatre companies. Her love for literature and performing launched her storytelling career twenty years ago.  Paddy now has many different programs available from preschoolers all the way up to adults.  Her programs include “Storyacting” for youngsters, a variety of storytelling and history programs for middle school and high school, and adults including, THE BELLE OF AMHERST.


Paddy is a member of National Storytelling Association, Illinois Storytelling Inc., The Illinois Arts Council, the Illinois Humanities Council, and The Illinois Theatre Association.  She has performed in many schools and libraries across Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, as well as in Mexico.  She loves sharing her love for theatre and storytelling with audiences of all ages and welcomes you to experience her upcoming program, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, on April 20, 21 - 2018 at Barrington's Parker Playhouse.

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