The Emily Triptych

adapted from the poetry and prose of Emily Dickinson

Cast

Miranda McCauley

Crew

Director - Charlotte Day

Graphic Design - Amanda B. Friedman

Production Manager (Edinburgh) - Vyacheslav Komarnitsky

Original recordings of Beethoven's Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major - Javor Bračić

Orra White Hitchcock artwork courtesy of Amherst University Library Special Collections.

Special thanks to Carol Ayre-Smith, Gemma Border, Javor Bračić, Orietta Crispino, Nicholas Day and Traleen Ryan, Francis Greenburger, Dmitri Gusev, Harriet and Scott Kaufman, Jolene Noelle, Derek B. Scott, Paulina Simkin, Sally-Jane Ayre-Smith and Marcus Skipper, Max Skipper, Marta Werner, Lanie Zipoy, and the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House.

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Proudly and gratefully developed at The Woods Cooperative, Ridgewood, Queens.

Performed at the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House/Venue 40, August 12th-19th, 2017.

To hang our head - ostensibly -

And subsequent, to find

That such was not the posture

Of our immortal mind -

 

The Emily Triptych is a translation into drama of something drama often overlooks: the stillness and silence from which great thoughts proceed, and with them, great words. It is an opening up of deep introspection – its language, its patterns, its idiosyncratic beauty – to the external eye. It is an effort to create an atmosphere in which Emily’s thought, and her poems, can live.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) spent most of her adult life in extreme isolation. Yet this isolation gave birth to over a thousand poems, many of them the best our language has to offer. From the bedroom, kitchen, corridors of her Amherst house, she loved, and philosophised, and questioned God with a voice that is both familiar and alienating. Domestic and cosmic. Feminine, rebellious, and strange.

Our project meets her at three points in her day: morning, noon, and night. One cycle of the Triptych takes place over an entire day, and consists of three one-hour segments - of which audience members choose one to attend. It is performed in a white room with windows, and lit by the light of the world outside.

Part 1: MORNING

Workshop Showing, May 7th, 2017

Part 2: NOON

Workshop Showing, June 25th, 2017

PART 3: NIGHT

Workshop Showing, June 25th, 2017

 

"Miranda McCauley is charming and playful as Dickinson, totally absorbing when moving about the space. There is a wonderful sense of freedom to the work, it doesn’t feel pinned to a stage.... The accompaniment was masterfully and subtly applied, often I was struggling to tell if it was part of the show or the space we were in. Ringing bells and the resonating wine glasses slip in and out seamlessly."

- BroadwayBaby