AMHERST UNDEAD : EMILY DICKINSON WAS A VAMPIRE was first performed at the Space Theatre in Chicago in June of 2001. The piece was created through collaborative workshops, adapted and directed by Bob Fisher with the cast as follows

Shana Orlowsky as Emily Dickinson
Donna Schefki as Sophia/Susan
Derek Smart as The Doctor
Patrycja Rynduch as Vinnie, Emily's Sister
Salena Hanrahan as Emily's Mother
Chris Markham as Emily's Father
Ron Kroll as Austin, Emily's Brother
Angela Fazio as Woodbridge, the Headmistress
April Lynn Baker as Schoolgirl/Vampire
Maria Stephens as Schoolgirl/Vampire
Mary Betts as Schoolgirl/Vampire

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Amherst Undead: Emily Dickisnon was a Vampire



Yes!!! We’re talking about Emily Dickinson, a poetess so much more captivating than any of our grade school teachers ever let on! Inspired by one of America’s most revered and misunderstood geniuses, the Mammals have created their most ambitious theatrical endeavor to date. Composed from the poems and letters of the Poetess herself, AMHERST UNDEAD: EMILY DICKINSON WAS A VAMPIRE tells a fictional account of Emily Dickinson’s life as a one of the children of the night. In the Mammals’ newest original work, Emily is a brilliant adolescent girl who experiences her pubescent sexual awakening simultaneous with an unholy inauguration into the realm of the undead. In her confusion she must decipher between her blossoming sensual urges and her demonic destructive thirst for blood.

Why Emily Dickinson? Her poetry shows her to be a woman filled with fiercely gothic ideas about love and death. Some of her lesser known works are actually disturbingly grotesque, peopled with cadavers that speak, the grim reaper as lover, and a god who hovers between impotence and apathy. When most people think of Emily Dickinson, these are not ideas that come to mind, but they should. She is easily one the most complex and captivating writers of her generation with a life as mysterious and enigmatic as any other in the history of American Literature. There are many conflicting personalities attributed to Emily such as the gifted virginal spinster or the mad woman in the attic. Rarely though has Emily’s darkest, most obsessive persona ever been portrayed.