One-Woman Show Comes to Mary Baldwin University

February 1, 1998

STAUNTON — A one-woman show in which American actress and activist Minnie Maddern Fiske is portrayed will be held Feb. 3 at Mary Baldwin University. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Francis Auditorium. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to attend.

Washington, D.C. actress-playwright Lynn Schrichte will star in “Mrs. Fiske: Against the Wind,” a 70-minute, one-act play that focuses on Mrs. Fiske’s defiant stand against the Theatrical Trust, a syndicate formed in the early 1890s that threatened to control every major theater in the U.S. and abroad. Ostracized by this theater monopoly, Fiske toured with her own companies throughout North America, mounting productions in roller rinks, burlesque houses, church basements and tents.

Fiske (1865-1932), also tirelessly lectured and lobbied to get bullfighting banned in the United States, and to encourage American women to shun fur coats and aigrette feathers. She was performing in a play written for her, “Against the Wind,” when she collapsed and died.

Ms. Schrichte has many stage, television and film credits and is a professional narrator of books-on-tape for the Library of Congress.