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Special Benefit Performance of Southern Exposur  

Mar/05/2010 - Mar/05/2010
Location: Natchez Little Theatre

On Friday, March the 5th, Natchez Little Theatre will be doing a Special Benefit Performance of Southern Exposure. All proceeds will go to Natchez Downtown Development Association.

Tickets will be $10 for this performance only.

The play:
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.

You may have guests buy tickets at the door or for advanced purchase you may contact me by e-mail ( or 601-304-5806 (after 6:00 p.m.) or Yvonne Murray at 601-238-8325. Thank your for your support, Christine Tims, board member NDDA

Contact: Christine Tims

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