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The Uncensored Story of Emily Dickinson

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dickinsonWilliam Roetzheim’s play Dickinson, The Secret Story of Emily Dickinson comes to San Diego for a one-month limited engagement following a critically acclaimed run in New York’s 440 Studios. The full cast of the New York production, directed by Lynx Theatre’s Al Germani, will be in San Diego performing the west coast premier of the play that won the Seahorse award for Best Stageplay at the Moondance International Film Festival.

According to playwright William Roetzheim, the myth of Emily Dickinson is that she was a prudish Victorian spinster who wrote beautiful poetry. The reality of Emily Dickinson is that she was a stunning creative intellect with an outer world that included a repressive Victorian society, an emotionally and sexually abusive Father, and an enabling mother. Her inner world, replete with “mental breakdowns” was an ongoing struggle to integrate her brilliant, obsessive imagination, evolving poetic voice, surfacing sexual feelings for women and raging emotions longing to free themselves.

The Secret Story of Emily Dickinson brings the real Emily Dickinson to life, with all of her depth and complexities. The production is a captivating, magical journey presented thru the one night dream of a frustrated playwright struggling to write a play worthy of her genius, her poetry and her life story. This is a well-researched, enchanting story of a brilliant woman with a dazzling talent – and her struggle to evolve her personal, artistic and sexual identity while battling her inner and outer Demons.

Join the quest for answers and examination of possibilities.

Dickinson, The Secret Story of Emily Dickinson
Presented by American International Theater, Inc. and Lynx Performance Theatre
July 10 – Aug. 2
Tickets: $18

At the North Park Vaudeville Theatre, 2031 El Cajon Blvd. (In North Park)
Box Office: 619-220-8663
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