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Written by:

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Directed by:

Bria Walker


Friday, April 8, 2022 to Saturday, April 16, 2022

Show Times:

Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM


The Charity Randall Theatre
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Winner of the Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy at the 2020 Olivier Awards

In 1611 Emilia Bassano wrote a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. It was one of the first published collections of poetry written by a woman in England. The little we know of Emilia Bassano is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's Sonnets – and the rest of HerStory has been erased by History.

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Listen to the director Bria Walker's radio interview on WESA 90.5, talking about Emilia Bassano

Click here to review the production program.

Patrons are required to be fully vaccinated and wearing masks to attend.

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The 16th century poet Emilia Bassano is a mystery to many, since much of the history about her life is vague. Whether she was a writer, muse or love interest, Bria Walker, director of the play “Emilia,” said the production is largely a story about a woman’s voice.