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Chestnut Hill Playwright Tells Her Mother’s Story During Fringe Festival

Melissa McBain, author of "Going Back Naked." (Credit: Karin Phillips)

Melissa McBain, author of “Going Back Naked.” (Credit: Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The upcoming Fringe Festival will feature a unique play in which a local playwright tells the story of her own mother.

Ann Fountain was a world-class pianist who was on local radio here in Philadelphia, who gave it up to go to Eastern Baptist Seminary, sold Bibles door to door in the Depression-era deep south, and eventually raised five children as the wife of a minister.

You can hear Karin Phillips’ interview with Melissa McBain in this CBS Philly ‘At Your Leisure” podcast…

In Going Back Naked, Fountain’s daughter, Chestnut Hill playwright Melissa McBain, tells her mother’s story through 70-year-old letters and telegrams, audio clips, and even song and dance.

“I want people to be moved by my mother’s music and her courage, but I also want them to think about their own mother, their own parents who have secrets and dreams,” McBain says.

Going Back Naked begins September 6th at Plays and Players (1714 Delancey Place).

For tickets, call the Fringe Festival box office at 215-413-1318.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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