By Michael Gioia
08 Jan 2012
Directed by Risa Brainin, In the Book Of… features Sarah Corey, Matt Dickson, Christopher Gerson, Rachel Leslie and Blair Sams. The limited engagement continues through Jan. 22.
In the Book Of…, according to press notes, "is a powerful play inspired by 'The Book of Ruth,' where two women—Naomi, an army lieutenant and Anisah, her Afghan translator—lose their husbands in the war. Upon discharge, the young officer sees the danger her translator is in, and brings Anisah with her to her home in Mississippi. When they arrive, this act of kindness is met with open hostility by Naomi’s sister-in-law, Gail, who is running for mayor on an immigration platform similar to HB56, and makes the immigrant’s deportment the focus of her campaign. But things get complicated when her own son stands up for what he thinks is right. Family, friendship, faith and the American Way are all tested in this funny, touching and timeless story adapted from the Old Testament."
ASF producing artistic director Geoffrey Sherman commissioned Walch to write In the Book Of… for the festival's Southern Writers’ Project. The play had an initial reading in May 2011.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is located at 1 Festival Drive in Montgomery, AL. For more information and tickets, call (800) 841-4293 or visit www.asf.net.