MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The lineup for the 2018-2019 season at the Alabama Shakespeare has arrived.
There will be 14 productions at ASF this season, including A Sound of Music for the holiday season, Steel Magnolias in the spring, and Saint Joan to close out the season. Two unique productions will begin and end the season; Every Brilliant Thing will begin in September, and the entire audience will be seated on the Festival stage in an interactive performance, and in September 2019, the world premiere production of Buzz will be staged in the ASF scene shop.
"We are moving into a new stage of ASF's history," said Artistic Director Rick Dildine. "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."
ASF is also changing its performance times. Evening performances will have a 7:00 p.m. start time, with weekday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Every Brilliant Thing – Sept. 29 – Oct. 20, 2018
Imagine a list of everything that's brilliant about the world—all of the reasons a 7-year-old would want to live: ice cream, the color yellow, laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose. A refreshingly intimate and collaborative performance that celebrates the lengths we will go to for those we love.
The Sound of Music – Nov. 15 – Dec. 30, 2018
The beloved story of Maria, a young and spirited nun-turned-governess, and the Von Trapp family. This delightful musical will thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winning Best Score.
The Gospel of Luke – Dec. 6 – 30, 2018
The Gospel of Luke is told with the passion and surprise of an eyewitness account. In a compelling ninety minutes, the tale comes alive with the urgency, passion, and humor of someone who was there.
Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 – Jan. 25 – Feb. 10, 2019
Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. Four little girls who are multitalented and filled with promise share their hopes and dreams against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.
Nina Simone: Four Women – Jan. 30 – Feb. 17, 2019
Through storytelling and song, this production celebrates how Nina Simone helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement. Featuring powerful anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Nina Simone: Four Women is a personal and provocative musical journey.
Our Town – Feb. 21 – Apr. 27, 2019
Our Town follows young lovers Emily and George and their neighbors through a life journey that delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.
Romeo and Juliet – Feb. 28 – Apr. 29, 2019
An exciting new production of Shakespeare's iconic love story. Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet—"star-crossed lovers" whose families' long-standing feud has pitted neighbor against neighbor.
The Cat in the Hat – Mar. 3 – May 5, 2019
From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears, his mischievous antics begin! With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in the Hat, the fun's never done!
Steel Magnolias – Mar. 21 – May 5, 2019
The hilarious and heartwarming story of six Southern women who gather and gossip at the local beauty parlor. With wit, warmth, and intelligence, they rise to meet whatever challenges life sends their way.
Into the Breeches! – Apr. 4 – May 4, 2019
Montgomery, 1942: With the local playhouse's director and actors off at war, the director's wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V. A hilarious and moving comedy about the transformative power of art.
As You Like It – Apr. 11 – 25, 2019
One of Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedies, As You Like It is a beguiling game of love, desire, and mistaken identity that revels in the pleasure of life.
Buzz – Sept. 4 – 15, 2019
Charismatic director Mary Ann "Buzz" Goodbody was one of only five women directing in the UK in the 1970s. In 1975, she famously directed Ben Kingsley in the title role of Hamlet. Four days later, she was gone. World premiere.
Hamlet – Sept. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
NYC's Bedlam Theatre in residence at ASF creates Shakespeare's Hamlet with a company of four actors, in a production hailed as "invigorating," "lively and brisk," and "masterful" by critics.
Saint Joan – Sept. 12 – Oct. 5, 2019
The epic story of a young farm girl who led an army and transformed a nation, staged brilliantly by four actors from Bedlam Theatre.
Get tickets now online at asf.net or by calling the box office at 800-841-4273.