Hamlet, All's Well and Two World Premieres Will Play Alabama Shakespeare Theatre in 2009-10

News   Hamlet, All's Well and Two World Premieres Will Play Alabama Shakespeare Theatre in 2009-10 Two world premieres, two Shakespeare plays, Cowgirls and A Christmas Story are among offerings in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's nine-title 2009-10 season in Montgomery.

Commissioned and read in ASF's Southern Writers Project, Nobody and The Fall of the House will make their world premieres at ASF in 2010.

The season begins with a children's show, Ferdinand the Bull, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, in the smaller 262-seat Octagon space. A Christmas Story, a hot title based on the film of the same name, will play Nov. 27-Dec. 24, on the 750-seat Carolyn Blount mainstage.

In spring 2010, ASF's rep company will present All's Well That Ends Well (April 23-May 22, 2010), and Hamlet (April 16-May 22, 2010) in rotating repertory with Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage (April 9-May 22, 2010), all at the Blount.

Actress and playwright Karen Meadows Jones will play more than 30 characters in Harriet's Return, based on the life of legendary Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, Feb. 5-28, 2010, at the Octagon.

Richard Aellen's Nobody (March 12-28, 2010, in the Octagon) is billed as a "provocative new musical story based on the tempestuous lives of African-American vaudeville performers Bert Williams and George Walker, who broke racial barriers by portraying racial stereotypes." Robert Ford's The Fall of the House, originally scheduled for ASF's 2008-09 season, will play the Octagon April 9-25, 2010. "The spirit of Edgar Allen Poe haunts this mind-bending new play that brings together magic, betrayal, forbidden love, tragic accidents, secret documents and familial bonds that span 150 years," according to ASF.

The ASF season concludes with Mary Murfitt and Betsey Howe's country musical Cowgirls, June 11-July 3, 2010. "When a saloon owner mistakenly hires a band of classical musicians to save her business with a fundraiser, quick thinking and lots of rehearsal will be needed to save the day," according to ASF.

For membership (formerly subscription) information, call (800) 841-4273 starting July 24 or visit www.asf.net.

The on-sale date for single ticket sales will be announced at a later time.

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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, and 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.

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