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Shakespeare Festival to Produce
by Edward Morgan
(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 www.asf.net, 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.
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.