THE STORY: As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a controversial children’s book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. A contrasting story of childhood friends--an African-American man and a woman of white privilege, reunited in adulthood--provides private counterpoint to the public events swirling in the state capital. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s author inhabit the same page in a Deep South of the imagination that brims with humor, heartbreak and hope. Inspired by true events.
“At a time when intolerance is on the upswing and empathy is under siege, ALABAMA STORY is just the play we need.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch. “An ALABAMA STORY that has national relevance. The play feels timely, resonating with this era’s racial tensions, the ‘she persisted’ meme and continuing controversy over the Old South’s legacy.” —The Washington Post. “Cleverly crafted.” —Salt Lake Tribune. “Each character in Kenneth Jones’ finely crafted new play leads to a rich theater experience.” —Deseret News. “A new play with freshly relevant themes.” —American Theatre. “ALABAMA STORY explores thorny racial issues with smarts and sensitivity.” —DC Metro Weekly. “[A] crowd-pleasing and imaginatively theatrical comedy-drama.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch. “ALABAMA STORY artfully explores Southern attitudes when the Civil Rights movement is catching fire. Jones effectively unites the political and personal.” —The Cape Cod Times.