Alabama Shakespeare Festival Unveils 2019 Season

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The 47th season will feature 14 shows, including Christina Ham's play about Nina Simone, Bedlam Theatre Company, and The Sound of Music.
Christina Hamm
Christina Ham

Alabama Shakespeare Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 47th season, the inaugural one under the new leadership of Artistic Director Rick Dildine and Executive Director Todd Schmidt. The slate includes 14 productions and will feature six weeks of shows playing in repertory throughout the spring.

Included in the 2018–2019 ASF lineup will be two plays by Christina Ham in repertory together (one of which, Nina Simone: Four Women, celebrates the iconic singer and features her music); a residency from New York City-based Off-Broadway company Bedlam (Saint Joan and Hamlet, both directed by Eric Tucker); the world premiere of Susan Ferrara's Buzz, a new play about Mary Ann “Buzz” Goodbody, RSC's first female director in the 1970s; and a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

“We are moving into a new stage of ASF’s history,” said Dildine in a statement. “Our 47th season represents a return to the festival repertory format with more than one show running at a time, along with a renewed commitment to this community with plays that reflect who we are today.

Completing the season will be Duncan Macmillan’s intimate and immersive play, Every Brilliant Thing; The Gospel of Luke; Ham's play Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963; Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet; Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias; and George Brant’s new comedy Into the Breeches!.

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