Alabama Story

by Kenneth Jones |
Directed by Paul Mason Barnes

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.

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Age Recommendations

Alabama Story is recommended for general audiences. The show contains discussions about segregation, politics and censorship, and some content may difficult for our youngest theatregoers to understand.

Enhance Your Experience

  • Experience Webster Groves Public Library's "Beyond the Page" interview with playwright Kenneth Jones at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 6. Jones will discuss his creative process behind the play at the library. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Join us for a panel discussion on censorship at The Rep, 7 p.m. Monday, January 7. Playwright Kenneth Jones, Jefferson County Library director Pam Klipsch and attorney Mark Sableman will discuss the history and ramifications of censorship in the literary world and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The Rep will host an Alabama Story Family Event from 10 am to noon Saturday, January 12. Join us for readings from "The Rabbits' Wedding," craft activities, games and introduce your kids to real, live rabbits visiting from the House Rabbit Society. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Visit Webster Arts Center's "Freedom of Expression" exhibit, opening to the public on January 15. The exhibit ties into the themes of Alabama Story, with renowned artists from throughout the country presenting works based on concepts of censorship, bigotry, free speech, racism and speaking truth to power. More info here.