‘Shame the Devil!’ @ The Bard’s Town

July 31-Aug. 1

The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Road
$15; 7:30 p.m.

Here’s some 19th-century celebrity gossip: When Fanny Kemble went on tour and came to America, the prominent British Shakespearean actor ditched the stage and married Pierce Mease Butler, a plantation owner. As it turned out, Fanny K. would publish her anti-slavery “Journal of a Residence on a Southern Plantation” in 1863, based on her observations of the hundreds of slaves her husband owned, making her an early icon of the abolitionist movement. Most likely, that was pretty awkward for Mr. Butler, but we can get the full story in HerStory Productions’ one-woman show that brings Kemble’s writings and complex story to life, performed by Megan Burnett and directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis. —Jane Mattingly

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