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Mustard Seed Theatre Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ST. LOUIS — Mustard Seed Theatre celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a one-night performance of “Fanny Kemble – Shame the Devil.” The performance will take place Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fontbonne University Black Box Theatre in the fine arts building, 6800 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton.

Written by Anne Ludlam and performed by Lori Adams, this engaging, one-woman show explores the life of Fanny Kemble: abolitionist, actress, wife and mother.

Fanny Kemble’s journal of day-to-day life on a slave plantation was read on the floor of the House of Commons and credited in part for England’s decision to aid the North in winning the U.S. Civil War. She was the niece of the famous actress, Sarah Siddons, and ahead of her time in her struggle to take on a male-dominated society where women were considered property.

“Fanny Kemble — Shame the Devil” performs for one night only Jan 18, 2010. Seating is limited and the suggested donation is $25. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Mustard Seed box office at 314-719-8060.

Learn more about theatre at Fontbonne.