REGIONAL PREMIERE. Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones is part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays!
In 1959 Montgomery, Alabama, the Civil Rights Movement is flowering. A children’s book with a hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian.
Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts political foes, childhood friends, and one feisty author at opposite ends of clashing perceptions.
Alabama Story is also part of the Dialogues on Diversity series which includes panel discussions centered around the themes of the play.
DANNY BERNARDY was last seen at FST in Spamalot and The Underpants. Off-Broadway: Sex Tips (777 Theater) Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, O.Y.L., Cherry Lane (59e59), Love’s Labour’s Lost (NY Classical Theatre), Phaedra’s Love (Cherry Lane). Regional favorites: Shear Madness (Kennedy Center), Maple and Vine (ACT), Moon Over Buffalo (Cape Playhouse), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Delaware Theatre Co), Vincent in Brixton (Virginia Stage Co.) TV: ABC’s One Life to Live, CBS’ As the World Turns. Carnegie Mellon, BFA.
KEVIN CUTTS Regional: Alabama Shakespeare, St Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Stage, Round House (DC), Virginia Rep, Penguin Rep, Florida Stage, TheaterWorks Hartford, Pennsylvania Stage, Players Theater Columbus; TV: All My Children, Another World, Miami Vice, the various Law and Orders, Last of the Ninth (HBO pilot), The Blacklist, Jim Gaffigan Show; Off-Broadway: Fifth of July and 2; Online: Gay Racehorse, The Onion. Screenwriter: Hope Rose w/Lou Diamond Phillips.
RACHEL MOULTON It is such an honor to be back in Sarasota performing for all of you! Previously seen at FST in The Columnist (regional premiere) and the rolling world premiere of Jericho. Off-Broadway/New York: In a Tilted Place (IRT), Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man (777 Theatre), Philip Goes Forth (The Mint), and This Side of Paradise (St.Clements). Regional: The Book Club Play (Virginia Stage Co.), One Slight Hitch (Florida Rep), Pioneer Theatre Company: Black Comedy and RENT, My Fair Lady (JW Engeman Theatre), Midsummer (Penn. Shakes), Finding Nemo: The Musical (WDW). Several commercials, most notably as the spokesperson for Office Depot. Training: Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University, B.F.A. www.rachelmoulton.com @rachelmoulton
ANDY PROSKY FST: One Man, Two Guvnors; Over The River and Through The Woods; In The Book Of. In New York City his credits include King Lear starring Christopher Plummer at Lincoln Center and The Tempest at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regionally he has performed at Arena Stage, Fords Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, and The Folger Theatre. Film and Television credits include Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, Men In Black, Mrs. Doubtfire, John Adams, Law And Order, ER.
JEAN TAFLER Florida credits include: 10 seasons with Orlando Shakespeare Theater including To Kill A Mocking Bird, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby, Titus Andronicus (Tamora), Kiss Me Kate (Lilly Vanessi), & Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Also Jane Eyre at Asolo Rep. Recent New York credits: The Taste of It, The Lady’s Not for Burning, Seeing Stars, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew; Regional work: Mesmerized, Hannah, Dinner With Friends, Follies, The Heiress and many others with River Rep, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Premiere Stages, Geva Theatre, Studio Arena, and Stages Rep. Co-founder and managing director of Fat Knight Theatre.
CHRIS WHITE is a Webster Conservatory graduate, and is thrilled to join the FST family for Alabama Story! He has toured the country in Of Ebony Embers and The Mikado. Favorite regional credits include: Julius Caesar, A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Little Shop of Horrors. While serving as an artistic advisor for the ALT Foundation, Chris also wrote the screenplay for his first short film, Footprints, which was produced in 2015 by the ALT Foundation.
Director | Kate Alexander
Production Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Scenic Designers | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer | Robert Perry
Costume Designer | Sara Hinkley
Diversity Consultant | Helen Boulware Moore, Ph.D.
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.