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Alabama Shakespeare Festival Renames Rehearsal Halls After Two Longtime Actors

Two longtime actors with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival are being honored in a big way. ASF announced on Wednesday that Rehearsal Hall A and Rehearsal Hall B will be renamed after Philip Pleasants and Greta Lambert. The rehearsal halls will now be known as “The Pleasants” and “The Lambert.” Pleasants and Lambert have been part of the Shakespeare Festival for…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 35 Years in Montgomery

  Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Photo from Alabama Shakespeare Festival/Sky View Media) This week marks the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 35th anniversary in Montgomery. The first performance at the Carolyn Blount Theatre was December 7, 1985. ASF was founded as a summer theatre festival in Anniston in 1972.  Even after several successful seasons in Anniston, ASF found itself facing ever-rising expenses tied…

“A Christmas Carol” Goes Digital at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

A holiday tradition in Montgomery is undergoing changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be streaming digitally this year rather than being presented in a theatre setting. What makes this version even more unique is one actor, Greta Lambert, will take on several roles in this holiday favorite. ASF…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Pushing Through the Pandemic

The pandemic has hit theaters across the country pretty hard, specifically our local Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Alabama Shakespeare Festival: A River Region treasure since 1985. “These whole grounds, which were Red Blount’s yard… a part of his property, were really designed for this theater,” ASF Executive Director Todd Schmidt said. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, originally a summer festival in Annistion is…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Launch Virtual Monologue Series

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has created a unique way to connect with audiences during the coronavirus pandemic. While its theatre in Montgomery may be closed, it will be launching a virtual monologue series. Starting Friday, actors who have appeared on stage at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival will share their  favorite Shakespeare monologues online. The project is part of ASF’s extensive “Play On!” initiative…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Suspend Performances and Events

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has released the following statement regarding its events: In response to national, state and local state of emergency announcements related to COVID-19, ASF will cancel performances after Sunday’s Ruby, Alabama Story matinees; upcoming productions, camps also affected In the interest of public safety and in light of minute-by-minute changes related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including…

ASF Presents the Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is bringing a holiday classic to the stage with the production of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The production, which is directed by ASF Associate Artistic Director Greta Lambert, will run December 5 through December 29. The hilarious holiday classic is back with talented kid actors who auditioned from over 50 schools. The play consists of…

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…