Blues for an Alabama Sky, Pearl Cleage's play about those who pursue life and love in the big city, opens Jan. 19 in a staging by Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Marsha Estell, Dexter Zollicoffer, LaFern Watkins, Council Cargle and Morocco Omari play Harlem Renaissance folk who fall in an out of love and embrace work in the era when the Cotton Club thrived and Josephine Baker was the toast of Europe. Chuck Smith directs on The Octagon Stage of the Carolyn Blount Theatre in Montgomery, AL. Previews began Jan. 16. Performances continue to Feb. 18.
Cleage is the author of Flyin' West, seen regionally and in a 1993-94 staging. Designers are Ed Haynes (set), Birgit Wise (costume), Terry Cermak (lighting), Bethany Tucker (sound).
Tickets are $20-$30. For ticket information, call (334) 271 5353 or (800) 841-4273. Visit the website at www.asf.net.
— By Kenneth Jones