The Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Producethe World Premiere of TWENTY SEVEN by Edward Morgan

January 24, 2014


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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Produce 

the World Premiere of  

TWENTY SEVEN by Edward Morgan 


MONTGOMERY, AL (January, 24, 2014) A prisoner and a pregnant woman take a death defying journey on the mighty Mississippi during the great flood of 1927 in the world premiere of Edward Morgan’sTwenty Seven at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The play will run February 14 through March 2, 2014. Twenty Seven is based on the short story OldMan by William Faulkner. Tickets start at $30 and may be obtained by visiting, calling 800.841.4273 or at the ASF box office located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park.

In the story, the great storm of 1927 has caused the levees to burst on the Mississippi resulting in a flood of biblical proportions. A prisoner from a penal colony is entrusted to pilot a small raft into the heart of the mayhem to save who he can. When he pulls a young pregnant woman from the limb of a tree, the pair embarks on a nine-week journey in which they face the perils of the Big Muddy and others who would do them harm.

Justin Adams and Vanessa Bartlett perform as the prisoner Aikins and the rescued woman, Ellie. Others in the cast include Kevin Hearn Cutts (Warden Percy, Steamboat Captain), Carl Palmer (Deputy Buckworth, Doctor Beaudry), Drew Parker (Tommy), Larry Tobias (Ike) and Brian Wallace (Cotton Farmer, Cajun, Mr. Allen).

ASF’s associate director Nancy Rominger directs the production. The artistic team for Twenty Seven includes Peter Hicks (scenic design), Pamela Schofield (costume design), Tom Rodman (lighting design) and Richelle Thompson (sound design). Greta Lambert serves as dialect coach and Cain-Oscar Bergeron is the Cajun consultant. Rebekah Lashof is the stage manager.

Other works by playwright Edward Morgan include Sounding the River (Milwaukee Rep), A ChristmasCarol (Milwaukee Rep, Clarence Brown Theatre), The Tavern (Swine Palace Theatre) and A Rising Wind (Kohler Arts Center). Morgan has also directed plays at various regional theatres across the country.

Twenty Seven was part of ASF’s Southern Writers Project Festival of New Plays in 2011. SWP specializes in finding and developing extraordinary works for the stage. Other recent plays to evolve from SWP to have their world premieres at ASF include Gee’s Bend, Bear Country, Rocket City and the Nacirema Society. These plays also went on to be produced at multiple theatres around the country.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. 


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