Written by Anne Ludlum
Directed by John Contini
Starring Erin Kelley as Fanny Kemble
On a late evening in 1850, Fanny Kemble bursts into her Manhattan parlor. Her former husband has published a scurrilous attack on her character. In this one-woman biopic, Kemble tells her side of the story using her spectacular skills as a Shakespearean actor and popular essayist. The toast of London society and a leading ingénue in Britain and America, she tells the story of her marriage to a Philadelphia lawyer, the birth of her children and her visit to his Georgia plantation where his family keeps one of the largest populations of slaves in the country. This life-changing event transformed her from a stylish romantic to a galvanizing reformer and abolitionist. Shame The Devil! is a play about emancipation – from her controlling and abusive husband and through her leading role in the fight to end slavery in America.