The coming season was announced May 15.
The three new works are:
Bear Country, ASF's commission of a new play by the company's chief operating officer Michael Vigilant (a longtime playwright and lyricist). It focuses on "legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul W. 'Bear' Bryant." It will play Jan. 11–Feb. 15, 2009, at the Octagon Theatre. ASF will also present a major resident production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables July 12-August 16, 2009, in the Festival Theatre. Resident theatres that have staged the international hit in the past season have experienced a flood of new theatregoers.
The 2008-09 ASF season also includes Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors and Othello, as well as Charles Morey's adaptation of The Three Musketeers — all in the repertory season at the Festival Theatre from April through June.
The children's production will be Joseph Robinette's adaptation, Charlotte's Web.
Kicking off the season in September is Marion J. Caffey's musical revue Three Mo' Divas.
For more information call (334) 271-5353 or visit www.asf.net.
ASF had a boom season in 2007-08: The holiday production of Peter Pan became the best-selling production in ASF history. Peter Pan is closely followed by Menopause the Musical and Disney's Beauty and the Beast as the top three most successful shows at ASF — all having been produced within the past two years.
ASF audiences have increased from 117,965 in 2004-05 to 164,335 in 2006-07.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, under the guidance of artistic director Geoffrey Sherman, is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount's gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.