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The Innocence of Experience: Fanny Seward in Her Own Words

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  • Step back in time with Fanny Seward, the youngest daughter of the famous Auburnian William Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. Based on the diaries kept by Fanny during the Civil War era, this one-act play reveals an American girl living through an extraordinary time. Her unique perspective brings the audience into the Lincoln White House and the highest reaches of power in the Union government. Yet it also chronicles the familiar everyday experiences of a teenager growing up and encountering the world. Props and costumes inspired by the Seward House Museum collections and a post-play, interactive Q&A session will make this performance a truly special experience. An original one woman show, written and performed by Maria Coleman. Maria is an Auburn native. She graduated from Wells College in 2014 (Phi Theta Kappa/ Phi Beta Kappa) with her BA in Theatre & Dance. In addition to writing and performing in this one-person play, Maria has also been fortunate to play Violet Bick, as part of Seneca Fall's annual "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival.

Auburn Players Community Theater
  • 197 Franklin Street
  • Auburn, NY 13021