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One-woman Fanny Seward show returning to Auburn Public Theater

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Maria Coleman is shown at the Seward House Museum in Auburn in a costume she'll wear portraying Fanny Seward in the play "The Innocence of Experience: Fanny Seward in Her Own Words."

Maria Coleman will return to the stage of Auburn Public Theater as Fanny Seward this weekend when she brings back her one-woman show, "The Innocence of Experience: Fanny Seward in Her Own Words."

Coleman, the education and outreach coordinator at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, wrote the show from the diaries of the youngest daughter of New York governor and Secretary of State William H. Seward.

"I didn't really know too much about her ... but I really became drawn to Fanny," Coleman told The Citizen last year ahead of the play's premiere. "Diary writing is something a lot of people can relate to ... and it was really interesting for me to see the world through her point of view."

Beginning the day after the Civil War, the show features props and costumes inspired by items in the Seward House's collection.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 29, 30 and 31, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. A post-show Q&A will follow.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.

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