ASF has a festival of new plays

Posted by: Mario Hendricks - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - ASF's annual three-day Southern Writers' Project Festival is a showcase of new plays from various up and coming southern writers. ASF strives to bring the stories of the region to life on stage.

This year's festival will feature a new play by renowned author Pearl Cleage, two plays about Montgomery in the Civil War and a second reading of the musical Nobody, about African-American vaudeville actors who performed in black face. The weekend features interactive events with actors and playwrights and a Civil Rights walking tour of downtown Montgomery, including locations cited in the Civil War plays.

The festival will take place from May 15th-17th, 2009 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.


3:30 PM         Reading: The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years by Pearl Cleage

6PM                Meet & Greet welcome reception with playwrights, actors and attendees

10:30AM        Reading: A Panoramic View by Jeffry L. Chastang
1:00 PM         Civil War Tour of downtown Montgomery with historian Mary Ann Neeley
3:30PM          Reading: The Flagmaker of Market Street by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

10:30 AM       Musical Reading: Nobody by Richard Aellen

The Southern Writers' Project has produced successful Alabama stories like Gee's Bend and Bear Country. Get a first look at future blockbusters at this exciting event.