The Montgomery, AL, festival "celebrates the Southern storytelling tradition" with concert readings of brand-new plays, live music, a fully-staged performance of the world premiere of Mark Saltzman's Huntsville, AL-set Rocket City, a ten-minute play slam/music jam, a poetry slam featuring Sharrif Simmons of "Russell Simmons Def Poetry" and a special appearance and book signing with noted playwright Pearl Cleage.
This year's readings include:
Nobody by Richard Aellen. "A provocative musical story based on the lives of Bert Williams and George Walker, African-American comedians who contrarily broke racial barriers by portraying racial stereotypes." For more information on the weekend and packages, call the ASF box office at (800) 841-4ASF or visit www.southernwritersproject.net.
The nationally-acclaimed, award-winning Southern Writers' Project was founded in 1991 as an exploration and celebration of the South's rich story-telling tradition. Today SWP commissions, develops and produces new plays that explore Southern issues and the African-American experience. Through SWP, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival seeks to fulfill its mission of creating theatre that speaks specifically to the people of the region. Endowed by an anonymous donor, the Southern Writers' Project is supported nationally by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and locally by the Central Alabama Community Foundation.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival 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.