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A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home

A collaboration with Trustees of The ReservationsWCB in window


Written by:
Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Rachel Kuhn, and Steven Angel
Directed by: Priscilla Kane Hellweg
Costumes by: Vanessa James
Performed by: Court Dorsey and Melissa Redwin

It’s 1866 and William Cullen Bryant’s wife has just passed away, too soon to settle with him into their renovated family home in the Berkshires. Seen through the eyes of a Docent of the Trustees of the Reservations, the poet, abolitionist, editor, and statesman revisits his life’s work, preparing his letters and writing for publication, his poetry interweaving the whole.

“A beautifully moving revelation of a public poet whose passion for justice & nature reaches across history, whispering truths about our current situation & human condition. Congratulations & much gratitude to Enchanted Circle Theater for touching our hearts & feeding our souls in less than one hour!”
– Isolda Ortega-Bustamante, Collaborative for Educational Services

“Moving, informative, special. An unforgettable afternoon in the Massachusetts countryside.”
– Donald Sanders, Executive Artistic Director, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts

“You have done it again!!  The performance and the actors were superb; the presentation was indeed enchanting and the setting(s) were beyond words.  The weaving of the parts of the docent and WCB was truly inspired — as only you can do.  This was the ONLY place to be on this magnificent September morning.”
– Joan Steiger, Retired Lawyer, Holyoke.

A Voice of Gladness, Valley Advocate Stage Struck review by Chris Rohmann: http://valleyadvocate.com/2016/09/14/stagestruck-voice-gladness/

Playful History, WHMP interview podcast by Bill Newman: http://whmp.com/podcasts/playful-history/

The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.