[Library Media] Alabama Story premier at Pioneer Theater

Danae Leu DLEU at dsdmail.net
Fri Jan 2 11:29:27 MST 2015


Heroic American Librarian Takes Center Stage in New Drama in Salt Lake City

A fierce librarian comes to the defense of a challenged children’s book by a beloved American illustrator in the fact-inspired new play "Alabama Story," receiving its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Jan. 9-24, 2015.


"Alabama Story" puts isolated State Librarian Emily Reed — and the very idea of the freedom to read — in the spotlight as she faces challenges from the same politicians who fund her job and library service in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. Kenneth Jones' highly theatrical play leaps from pages of history, exploring the moving story that earned Emily Reed international headlines (and a commendation from the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation) when she squared off against a state senator in defense of "The Rabbits' Wedding," a new book by Garth Williams, best known for his illustrations in "Little House on the Prairie" and "Charlotte's Web." PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg directs this world premiere production.


Emily Reed was a charter member of the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015. In 2000, she received The Freedom To Read Foundation’s Roll of Honor Award. In commemoration of these events, the Freedom To Read Foundation is hosting a reception following the post-show discussion,5-7pm on Saturday, January 17, in the S.J. Quinney Law Library, across the courtyard from PTC. Jonathan Kelley, FTRF Program Officer, will host and present on FTRF’s current litigation and education activities, and the importance of FTRF given the censorship challenges libraries are facing in Utah and across the country. Utah theater, library, and civil rights VIPs will be in attendance and will offer brief comments, as well.

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