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Show Guidelines

As a beloved arts institution, Alabama Shakespeare Festival broadens the cultural identity of the South by producing the classics, Shakespeare, contemporary plays, musicals, and exciting new works.

Per our agreements with theatrical licensing agencies, we are unable to alter scripts and agree to perform them as written.

We make every effort to inform our audience of any adult content or language contained in our productions; however, we recommend reviewing the following guidelines before selecting theatrical experiences for your family.

We value each and every one of our patrons and want to ensure each experience is a great one!

SHOEBOX PICNIC ROAD SIDE: ROUTE ONE

Language:

  • None

Sexual Innuendo:

  • The script quotes the lyrics to “Teach Me Tonight.”

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • Ella takes out a flask, pours into cups, and they drink.
  • Al: “I plan on drinkin’ plenty of his way this evening. Spencer: “How his wine taste so good”.

Violence:

  • None. 

Mature Content:

  • The script references “all kinds of witches and what not” and “a spell”.
  • The script references ”tabacca to wrap.”
  • The script references betting on sports.
  • The script refers to a child (John-John) “has to go” and is taken off to the bushes to do so.
CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL — ADAPTED BY GRETA LAMBERT

Language:

  • Scrooge is called “an old screw.’
  • Scrooge references “hell”, but does not use the word

Sexual Innuendo:

  • None

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • The script refers to “mulled wine”. 

Violence:

  • None. 

Mature Content:

  • The script refers to Marley’s death or being dead repeatedly.
  • The script references “ghosts” and “spirits.”
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA

Language:

  • “Crazy Marie” and “loony”.

Sexual Innuendo:

  • None.

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • Gabrielle and Jean-Michel share a glass of wine.

Violence:

  • None.

Mature Content:

  • Supernatural and magical content appropriate to fairy tale source material.
MACBETH

Language:

  • Typical Shakespearean language. Multiple occurrences of “damn” and “damned.”
  • “rebel’s whore”
  • Continual references to “hell”

Sexual Innuendo:

  • Several instances of Shakespearean sexual innuendo appear throughout the script.
  • The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is sexually charged.
  • Porter scene

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • Drinking at Banquet.
  • Drunk Porter
  • Multiple references to “drink” or “drunk.”

Violence:

  • Pervasive violence both literal and verbal.
  • Multiple murders, including children and women.

Mature Content:

  • Witches, Hecate,  and references to spells and curses.
  • “Come to my woman’s breast and take my milk for gall …”
  • “ What beast was’t then … I have given suck, and know How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And bash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.”
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

COMING SOON

FREEDOM RIDER

Language:

  • “knockers”
  • “Get the hell, stay the hell”…out of here, my affairs, etc.
  • “nigger” numerous times
  • “shit” “piece of shit”
  • “pissin’ me off”, “pissed off’
  • “slut”, “whore”
  • “Jew bastards”
  • “goddamn,” “damn”

Sexual Innuendo:

  • “rubbin up on your skin”
  • “pollutin’ up the race”

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • A joking reference to “massa’s whiskey”.

Violence:

  • As events from the Freedom Riders Movement, bomb explosions, rioting, murder, rock throwing, being hosed down, and being beaten are all referenced in the script.
  • Description of Emmet Till’s torture and death, and funeral.
  • Description of Anniston bombing and aftermath.
  • Description of Birmingham Bus Station riot and violence.

Mature Content:

  • This script deals refers to a Jewish character with “you’d bet on Hitler if you thought you could make a dollar.’
  • The overall subject matter and the way in which it is treated is mature.
UNTIL THE FLOOD

Language:

  • “nigger”, “nigga” occur numerous times
  • “honky” and “cracker” occur more than once.
  • “kikes”
  • “fuck” occurs more than once.
  • “motherfucker(a)” has numerous uses.
  • “queer”
  • “bastard”
  • “shit”
  • “kickin’ some ass”
  • “APE Al Sharpton”

Sexual Innuendo:

  • “get next to them” referring to attractive young women.

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • “drink a little too much whiskey”.
  • “wine bar” is setting for one character’s story and referenced by another one.
  • “getting high”
  • Reference to drunk father and addicted relatives

Violence:

  • Discussion of violence is pervasive.
  • Description of violent incident with father and inciting violence from a young son
  • Descriptions of domestic violence and child abuse

Mature Content:

  • The script references “a lover” who is female (from a woman) and then a husband from the same character.
  • One character uses the phrase “wet myself.”
  • A female character references “her monthly,” “curse,” and “flow.”
  • The overall presentation of the subject is considered in a sophisticated and mature manner, both in ideas and language.
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Language:

  • None.

Sexual Innuendo:

  • Some mild references of a sitcom nature

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • None.

Violence:

  • None.

Mature Content:

  • very little, comically suggestive.
  • double-entendre in the song lyrics per their period
AMERICAN MARIACHI

Language:

  • “grabbed my ass”
  • “cojones” used multiple times
  • “shit” use multiple times, in different ways
  • “…Casanova can go fu—“ interrupted
  • “gringos”
  • “son of a bitch”. 

Sexual Innuendo:

  • Much of the plot revolves around an incident of (wrongly) accused infidelity and its aftermath.

Drugs & Alcohol:

  • Reference to “funny cigarettes.”

Violence:

  • There is a general level of male dominance and control in male-female relationships throughout.

Mature Content:

  • reference to prostitutes.
  • Reference to “los unholy rollers”.
  • reference to husband (‘pig’)cheating with best friend.
  • “caught him in bed with the chef and shot him”
  • “find a man who can make you laugh and pleasure you at the same time”
  • “Is she talking about sex?”
  • Tia Carmen is a ghost or a memory—.

The following guidelines list any language, violence, drug/alcohol use, and mature content of each show in detail.