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THE BELLE OF AMHERST, the Story of Emily Dickinson, to be presented at ShawChicago at the Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn, on June 2017, at 7 PM. Don’t miss this wonderful story of one of America’s most prolific poets, portrayed by Paddy Lynn, 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 ShawChicago. 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 ten 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 her current program, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, for adults. Paddy travels throughout the Midwest with her programs, but resides in Mundelein, IL, with her husband, Jon, daughter Valerie, and two cats. Paddy is the Artistic Director of The Kirk Players, a not-for-profit community theatre which her father-in-law began forty one years ago. Between telling stories and running a theatre, she stays pretty busy, but feels blessed for all the opportunities and challenges it brings. Paddy is a member of National Storytelling Association, Illinois Storytelling Inc., The Illinois Arts Council, and The Illinois Theatre Association. She has performed in many schools and libraries across Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Iowa. 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 June 12, 2017 at 7 PM. To learn more about Paddy, visit her website at: