Majestic Theater to Tell Alabama Story

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA: The Majestic Theater in West Springfield will present Alabama Story, a drama by Kenneth Jones, January 4 through February 11. The play tells the true story of the State Librarian of Alabama, Emily Wheelock Reed, who was persecuted for protecting books in the south during the days of the Jim Crow laws. In 1959, Garth Williams, a well-known writer and illustrator, has just published a children's book entitled The Rabbit's Wedding, in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit. State Senator E. W. Higgins is outraged, certain that the book promotes race-mixing, and mounts a crusade to have it removed from the shelves and banned.

Alabama Story has been hailed as a social justice drama that's “a vest-pocket cousin” to To Kill a Mockingbird. It has been described as a “love letter to reading,” and productions have garnered both critical praise and standing ovations wherever it's been produced.

Cast members include Cate Damon, Jack Grigoli, Rand Foerster, Melenie Flynn, Silk Johnson and Mark Dean. The play is directed by Sheila Siragusa and producing director is Danny Eaton. Set and lighting designer is Dan Rist and Dawn McKay is costume designer. Stephen Petit is production stage manager, and assistant production manager is Aurora Ferraro.

Ticket for the play range from $23-$30 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. Tickets are also available for the rest of the Majestic's 21th Season lineup, Outside Mullingar (February 22-April 1, 2018) and the season closer, Guys and Dolls (April 12-May 27, 2018).

In addition, the Majestic will present Valentine Love Songs with Freddie Marion on Tuesday, February 13 at 2 & 7pm (tickets range from $22-$26), Bo Fitzgerald & the YankCelt Band on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm (tickets are $24 & $26), and Craig Eastman on Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm (tickets are $24 & $26). Tickets for these shows may also be purchased by calling or visiting the Majestic box office.

The Theater Project is a non-profit company that Eaton founded in 1991. Since March 1997 it has been in residence in West Springfield's historic Majestic Theater, a century-old venue that was recently named "Best Place to See Theater" and “Best Live Theatre Company” in newspaper polls. In addition, Eaton's work at the Majestic was honored with a Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre by the New England Theatre Conference. For additional information, visit www.majestictheater.com.