Meet the Past Continues with Annie Chambers

For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Meet the Past Continues with Annie Chambers

 Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews Kansas City's most notorious madam, Annie Chambers, portrayed by Jan Chapman, as part of the Library’s Meet the Past series on Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Chambers opened her first house of ill repute in Kansas City in 1869. By the late nineteenth century, her elegantly appointed brothel located near City Market became the finest and most exclusive in Kansas City. Her story remains emblematic of the days when Kansas City was a wild and raunchy wide-open cow town.


Chapman portrayed Nell Donnelly Reed in a July Meet the Past interview. She is a  theatre and creative writing graduate of the University of Kansas, and trained professionally at Circle In the Square in New York City. She is a founding member of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and performed in MET’s inaugural production of Line, and more recently was the lead in this spring's  Kiss of the Spiderwoman. She has also performed in the well-received “Script-in-Hand Series” with the Kansas City Public Library.


A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Please call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage.


Meet the Past will air in a regular prime-time timeslot on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season. The series features Kemper interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.


Major funding for Meet the Past has been provided by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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