FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents “Alabama Story”
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Frostburg State University will kick off its 2019-20 season with Kenneth Jones’ play, “Alabama Story,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Directed by FSU’s Mairzy Yost-Rushton, the performances will take place in the Drama Theatre of the Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.
“Alabama Story,” inspired by real events that touch on censorship and Civil Rights issues, takes place in 1959 Montgomery, Ala., just as the Civil Rights movement is flowering. The drama begins when a children’s picture book about a white rabbit who marries a black rabbit sparks a fiery standoff between a segregationist, Sen. E.W. Higgins (inspired by Sen. E.O. Eddins), and Emily Wheelock Reed, the principled state librarian. Reed made international headlines when she defended “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” a picture book by Garth Williams, best known for his artwork for the “Little House” series and “Charlotte’s Web.”
Another story line provides a private counterpoint to the public events of the play. A narrative about two childhood friends, an African-American man and a white woman, who find themselves alienated as adults, shows the personal toll exacted by Higgins-style segregationist policy.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of a tale of social justice that explores romance, courtroom drama, loyalty and history. The Washington Post called it a play “of national relevance,” and in its review, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote, “At a time when intolerance is on the upswing and empathy is under siege, ‘Alabama Story’ is just the play we need.”
Season subscriptions are available until Saturday, Oct. 12. For $60, Season Subscribers receive discounted tickets to five shows, as well as reserved seats for all performances. Individual tickets are $15 for general admission and $7 for students.
For more information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Drama Theatre, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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