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Southern Exposure  

Mar/06/2010 - Apr/11/2010
Location: Natchez Little Theatre

From March 6th through April 10th this play will be performed every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evening at
8:00 p.m. and one matinee on Sunday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Southern Exposure was first produced at the Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas, in 1950, and opened on Broadway at the Baltimore Theatre, New York City, September 26, 1950. The Natchez Little Theatre has presented Southern Exposure for the entertainment of visitors to Natchez during the annual Spring Pilgrimage since 1963.

It is azalea season in Natchez, Mississippi, and the annual pilgrimage of tourists is swarming through the historic mansions.

In Mayweather Hall, Penelope Mayweather, a once beautiful Southern belle, is horrified by the tourists who are led through her home by an energetic guide at fifty cents a head. But the money isn't enough to keep Penelope from the clutches of those "damn Yankees" down at the bank.

When a young author, John Salguod, turns up, Penelope is persuaded to take him in as a roomer. However, it develops that John is visiting under an assumed name because he has written a book banned in Natchez. The locals consider the book a gross libel on their way of life, but it is a best-seller everywhere else.

Penelope's frantic efforts to keep him hidden from her neighbors are frustrated when Carol, her soon-to-be-married, pretty young cousin, comes to spend the night. When her parents discover she stayed a second night, scandal looms. The irate parents, blaming Penelope, threaten to take over Mayweather Hall, which they can do by forcing foreclosure through the bank.

Meantime John finds Penelope's diary that she wrote over a period of forty years, giving embarrassing details about most of the town's citizens. John's publisher arrives on the first morning of the Pilgrimage and offers Penelope a fabulous sum for her memoirs and Mayweather Hall is out of hock!

The entire action takes place in an upstairs sitting room in Mayweather Hall, an Antebellum mansion, in Natchez in the year, 1952.

All tickets: $15

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