Alabama Story

by Kenneth Jones
Directed by Paul Mason Barnes

January 02 - 27 , 2019

2018-2019 Mainstage Season

The Story:

A determined librarian and a segregationist senator face off over an innocent children’s book in 1959 Montgomery. Depicting the marriage of two rabbits – who happen to have different-colored fur – the story has Sen. E.W. Higgins calling for a book ban. But even as the pressure mounts, librarian Emily Wheelock Reed refuses to yield to censorship. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story is a stirring testament to free expression.

Creative & Production Staff:

Director: Paul Mason Barnes
Scenic Designer: William Bloodgood
Costume Designer: Dorothy Marshall Englis 
Lighting Designer: Kenton Yeager
Sound Designer: Barry G. Funderburg
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle / Katja Zarolinski, McCorkle Casting Ltd.
Stage Manager: Tony Dearing
Assistant Stage Manager: Dora Jane Trenbeath


Larry Paulsen (Garth Williams)
Anna O'Donoghue (Lily Whitfield)
Corey Allen (Joshua Moore)
Carl Palmer (Senator Higgins)
Jeanne Paulsen (Emily Wheelock Reed)
Carl Howell (Thomas Franklin)

Sponsorship & Support

St. Louis Public Radio

Jeanne Paulsen, Carl Howell, Carl Palmer and Larry Paulsen. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

The cast of Alabama Story. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Corey Allen. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Larry Paulsen. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Jeanne Paulsen. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Larry Paulsen and Jeanne Paulsen. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Carl Palmer. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.