Cast brings back hijinks of Gaslamp’s Stingaree days

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation Players will re-create life in San Diego’s Stingaree through a presentation where they portray many of the characters of the Victorian Era at 3:30 p.m. April 25 at The Riford Library, 7555 Draper in La Jolla.

Guests to the performance will meet San Diego’s leading madam of the era, Ida Bailey, and hear of the escapades of Madam Cora, a retired fortuneteller. There will also be talk about the rise of the suffragette movement in San Diego in the early 1900s, which gave way to the closing of the Stingaree in 1912.

“This enlightening and amusing narrated experience will delight both the casual history observer and the most ardent of history enthusiasts,” organizers promise.

La Jolla resident Charlotte Perry is the creator and leader of The Gaslamp Players, and she portrays Madam Ida Bailey in the show.

The program, sponsored by Friends of the La Jolla Library, is free. For more information, call the library at (858) 552-1657 and press 0.

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‘While it’s true that the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego is made up of one of the most extensive collections of architecturally significant historic buildings in the country, the collection of interesting and colorful characters who built, lived and worked in the buildings is almost as extensive and certainly as interesting! Among them are William Heath Davis, Alonzo E. Horton, Wyatt Earp, Ah Quin, Police Chief Keno Wilson, and the notorious Madam Ida Bailey. To learn about a few of these characters, visit