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THE AGITATORS: Panel Discussion Explains How Differences Can Be Overcome

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival held a panel discussion Saturday in downtown Montgomery– focusing on people who are working for change in the Montgomery community. The discussion was made up of city and community leaders and was inspired by ASF’s current play called the Agitators. The play tells the story of Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglass, and how they sparked…

Behind the Scenes of “Pipeline” at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is opening its 48th season with the play “Pipeline”.  Alabama News Network got a sneak peek by talking with the director and the actors. The play dramatizes the pipeline from school to prison. It tells the story of a mother fighting to give her son a better future, while highlighting the social dynamics of race and…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Announces 2019-2020 Schedule

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Rick Dildine and Executive Director Todd Schmidt have announced the 2019-2020 Festival Season, which features 13 productions. The season opens with Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, which explores the state of American education and is produced in partnership with Equal Justice Initiative. During the holidays, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and All is Calm: The Christmas Truce…

First-Ever Recipients of ASF Patrons of the Arts Award Announced

Barrie and Laura Harmon – Photo from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has announced that Barrie and Laura Harmon are the inaugural recipients of the Wynton M. Blount Patrons of the Arts Award. Festival officials say the Harmons are leading supporters of the arts and other non-profit organizations in the River Region. Barrie Harmon has been a…

Former ASF Director Geoffrey Sherman Dies

Alabama News Network has learned that Geoffrey Sherman, the former producing artistic director for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has died. Sherman retired in July of 2017 after 12 years at ASF. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival says Sherman died today in New York after a battle against cancer. From the Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Born, educated and trained as a theatre and…

Changes are Coming for Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2018-19 Season

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery has announced several exciting changes for the 2018-19 season. As Alabama News Network reported Live from tonight’s announcement, there will be 14 productions — the most in ASF’s history. The inaugural New Festival Season will have a full six weeks of spring repertory format with more than one show running at a time. That’s…

Camp Smile-A-Mile Brings Local Families Together

About 100 Montgomery area pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families were at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts this afternoon.The visit was hosted by the non-profit organization Camp Smile-A-Mile, which provides support for cancer patients and their families. Lunch was served and the families mingled before attending a performance of Annie at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Savannah DeRieux is…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Names New Artistic Director

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has named a new artistic director.  After a year-long search, Rick Dildine has been appointed by the ASF Board of Directors, becoming only the fourth artistic director in its 45-year history. Dildine is an Arkansas native and is currently the Artistic Director/Executive Director at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. In his eight years there, attendance has grown…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Parking Lots to be Repaved

Visitors to Blount Cultural Park will notice a lot of activity around the Alabama Shakespeare Festival this week, as workmen diligently work to repair and repave parking lots. “It’s been ten years since the parking lots and roads were last paved,” said Chief Operating Officer, Mike Vigilant. “It was really urgent that we get the lots and roads taken care of as…