SYNOPSIS: This world premiere is based on an actual historical incident. In Montgomery, Alabama, in 1959, just as the civil rights movement is starting to gather steam, Alabama State Senator E. W. Higgins tries to force the State Librarian to banish a children’s picture book, The Rabbits’ Wedding, from all state libraries on the grounds that it promotes an integrationist agenda. Crosscut with the story of a young white woman and a young black man who were friends in childhood and meet again many years later as the woman is caring for her terminally ill father, Alabama Story is a gentle and thoughtful drama in the tradition of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird.
LANGUAGE: None, beyond one use each of “Jesus wept,” “crap,” and “hell.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: Senator Higgins smokes cigars, and several other characters smoke cigarettes, as would have been common in 1959.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: Alabama Story is suitable for all audiences, including children aged ten and older. It might be above the heads of younger children.
RATING: If it were a movie, Alabama Story would be rated “PG.”