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Sybil Seisui Rosen

Sybil Seisui Rosen is an award-winning playwright, children’s novelist, and short story writer. In 2018 she and co-writer Ethan Hawke adapted her memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley for the movie BLAZE, directed by Mr, Hawke. In the movie she plays her own mother.  Most recently, her children’s picture book, Carpenter’s Helper, was selected by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Rosen currently lives in rural Georgia.

Events with Sybil Seisui Rosen

Open Hearth Art Practice Presents: The Belle Of Amherst by William Luce
September 15, 2024

“I dwell in possibility,” wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. In Seisui’s mind, Dickinson’s poetry, the theater, and libraries will always be inextricably entwined.  We turn to libraries to be enchanted by poets and storytellers, to live lives that exist outside our self-created spheres. We turn to the theater for the same reasons.  Yearning to go beyond the limitations of self, we ask to experience the infinite array of possibilities that being alive affords. The Belle of Amherst by William Luce is a funny, wise, poignant rendering of America’s most loved (and least known) poet, Emily Dickinson. The one-woman play is an intimate glimpse into the poet’s unusual life – her legendary seclusion, the close circle of her family, the men who loved her. Rosen has long admired Dickinson’s poetry but when she encountered the poet in the play, she fell in love.  “The language,” she says, “most of it taken from her letters and journals, is so beautiful and witty.” The play was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and starred Julie Harris, for whom it was written. “What I love most about the play is that it’s a description of a writing life, a deliberate narrowing of daily life so that…