Southern Writers Festival | Alabama Shakespeare Festival


Explore Southern identity by looking at who we are today during the Southern Writers Festival of New Plays, October 19 – October 21, 2018. This lively three-day event features premiere theatrical readings, stimulating conversation, and delicious food.

During the festival, playwrights will develop and polish their stories by working with actors, directors, dramaturgs, and the audience—every voice matters.

Schedule of events

Friday, October 19

7:00 p.m. — The Light of the World (Octagon Stage)
9:15 p.m. — Welcome Reception (Shakespeare Garden)

Saturday, October 20

10:00 a.m. — A Sudden Spontaneous Event (Octagon Stage)
12:15 p.m. — Lunch & Panel Discussion (Patrons’ Room and Patrons’ Lobby)
2:15 p.m.  — Singles in Agriculture (Octagon Stage)
3:40 p.m. — Coffee & Conversation
4:00 p.m. — Backstage Tour (Meet in Grand Lobby)
5:00 p.m. — State of the South Report & Cocktail Dinner (Octagon Stage and Patrons’ Lobby)

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m. — Coffee & Conversation
11:00 a.m. —  In the Southern Breeze (Octagon Stage)

Friday, October 19 @ 7:00 p.m.

In the window of a church is a small Confederate flag. When a violent incident in the community occurs, the presence of the flag is called into question, forcing the congregation to choose between the past they elect to honor and the future they dare to envision.

Saturday, October 20 @ 10:00 a.m.

Carole’s life is just the way she likes it. Until, that is, she wakes confused and in a strange place. A Sudden Spontaneous Event is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at what happens when the life you thought you had is over in an instant.

Saturday, October 20 @ 2:15 p.m.

At an annual dating convention for farmers, a South Carolina army widow (who loves Modern Family and talks to her pygmy goats) angles for romance with an Oklahoma fundamentalist who has some weird ideas about sex.

Sunday, October 21 @ 11:00 a.m.

When a runaway slave gets lost in a mysterious forest, an Absurdist drama ensues. In the Southern Breeze offers a challenging look at how our society has treated and continues to treat African American men.

Southerns Writers Festival of New Plays is endowed by an anonymous donor.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.