Friends of the Libraries Presents Defeat of the Grandfather Devil

Fundraiser for Friends of the Libraries:  A readers’ theater production of The Defeat of Grandfather Devil, one of the few pastorals from Mexico that retain intact elements from the 14th and 15th century Spanish versions will be performed at the MU Corner Playhouse, December 8th at 2 pm. This pastoral was published by Josephine Niggli, an author, teacher and photographer with roots in Mexico and Northern Texas whose writing focused on Mexican folk traditions and plays. (Josephine’s parents were from Moberly, MO.) This play was found and offered to us for performance by Bill Fisher, a lawyer in San Antonio who will be attending the performance.

When Grandfather Devil attempts to disrupt a Mexican town’s Christmas celebration, the community is joined in the fight by a surprising guest. Enjoy The Defeat of Grandfather Devil, a lively pastoral play performed December 8, 2 p.m. in a readers’ theatre format with traditional music and directed by Alex Iben Cahill. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) to benefit the MU Libraries and guests will enjoy a dessert reception after. Special guest will be William Fisher, who edited the play. Show will be at the Corner Playhouse on the MU campus. For information and reservations, please call Sheila Voss at 573-882-9168 or contact her via

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