Alabama Story, Mixing Children's Literature and Politics, Begins Tonight at the Pioneer | Playbill

News Alabama Story, Mixing Children's Literature and Politics, Begins Tonight at the Pioneer Seth Andrew Bridges, Stephen D'Ambrose, Samuel Ray Gates, Greta Lambert, Kate Middleton and William Parry star in the world premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story, which runs Jan. 9-24 at Pioneer Theatre Company.

Seth Andrew Bridges

Alabama Story is presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was enacted July 2, 1964. Jones was former managing editor of

The work, set in 1959 Alabama and inspired by real events, tells the story of a fearless librarian who refuses to ban a controversial children's book from the library. Alabama Story was part of PTC's Play-By-Play readings series earlier this year.

Alabama Story plays the company's 900-seat Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT.

Here's how PTC bills the work: "A gentle children's book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the Civil Rights movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts political foes, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty children's author on the same page to conjure a Deep South of the Imagination. The love letter to reading coincides with the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act."

The creative team includes scenic designer James Noone, lighting designer Phillip Monat, costume designer Brenda L. Van der Wiel, sound designer Joshua C. Hight and stage manager JP Pollard. Gregory J. Hatch is the dramaturg.

For more information and tickets, call (801) 581-6961 or visit

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