In 1959 Alabama, segregationist Senator E.W. Higgins wants a controversial children’s picture book — about a white rabbit who marries a black rabbit — purged from the state library, but librarian Emily Wheelock Reed refuses, putting both of their worlds at risk in a time of extraordinary social change. While Reed spars with Higgins, a parallel story of childhood friends reunited in adulthood reflects the political and personal tensions swirling in Montgomery, a city known as both the Cradle of the Confederacy and the Cradle of Civil Rights. Famed illustrator Garth Williams (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Charlotte’s Web”) is conjured as narrator and participant in the fact-inspired, highly theatrical drama about tests of character in “the Deep South of the Imagination.”
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Kenneth Jones is a playwright, librettist, lyricist and journalist. ALABAMA STORY, a finalist for the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference, will receive its world premiere in January 2015 at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg will direct. It was first read in Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 Southern Writers’ Project Festival of New Plays in May 2013, followed by reading in April 2014 as part of Pioneer's inaugural Play-By-Play new works series. Azenberg directed each leg of its development. Jones’ O. Henry-inspired musical VOICE OF THE CITY (with music by Elaine Chelton) was presented in The York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series Off-Broadway, followed by a workshop produced by The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH; both presentations were directed and choreographed by Azenberg. His satiric musical comedy NAUGHTY/NICE, written with composer Gerald Stockstill, was seen in developmental and charitable concert readings in Manhattan, including a 2013 staging at Caroline’s On Broadway. It was a semi-finalist in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. For their theatre songs, Stockstill & Jones are the recipients of the 2010 Dottie Burman Songwriting Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, BMI and the advanced BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Visit ByKennethJones.com.
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