Alabama Story


August 17 – September 4, 2016

Directed by Brendon Fox

Sponsored by Main Street Market

Midwest première of Kenneth Jones’ new play “Alabama Story.”  Inspired by true events, it centers on Emily Wheelock Reed, a fearless librarian who fights a campaign to purge what becomes, during the course of the play, a controversial book from the state library. The book is “The Rabbit’s Wedding,” a picture book aimed towards children aged 3 to 7, illustrated by Garth Williams (best known for his illustrations of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Charlotte’s Web”). The book tells the sweet story of two little rabbits who lived ‘happily ever after’ in the friendly forest. However, one rabbit is white and the other black and we are in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama.Alabama Story” was a 2014 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference.

The play pits Senator E.W. Higgins, a bullying segregationist, against the redoubtable Emily Wheelock Reed – incredible opposites and incredible forces – and puts both of their worlds at risk, though they are both tied by a love of books. While they spar, a parallel story of childhood friends, Joshua and Lily, a black man and a white woman reunited in adulthood, reflects the personal and political tensions swirling in Montgomery.

Ticket Prices:

$37, $40, $43.

Show Times:

8PM Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30PM on Sunday except September 4th at 4PM.

Cast and Designers

Garth Williams James Leaming
Lily Whitfield Katherine Keberlein
Joshua Moore Byron Glenn Willis
Senator E.W. Higgins Greg Vinkler
Emily Wheelock Reed Carmen Roman
Thomas Franklin Harter Clingman
Scenic Design Jack Magaw
Costume Design Karin Simonson Kopischke
Lighting Design Emil Boulos
Sound Design Christopher Kriz
Properties Pauline Olesky
Stage Manager William Collins
Production Manager Laura Eilers