New York Times: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Aims to Update Southern Cannon

By Peter Libbey

21 November 2018

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will commission 22 plays in the next five years, with more than half of the commissions set to go to female playwrights and playwrights of color.

Rick Dildine, the artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the state’s largest professional theater, announced the initiative on Wednesday. He emphasized that the plays will focus on “transformative moments in the South that caused important and lasting changes to its people, culture and land.”

This comes on the heels of Mr. Dildine’s first major project as artistic director, the revitalization of the Southern Writers’ Project, the company’s program for developing new plays that was founded in 1991 and is now known as the Southern Writers Festival. Last summer, Mr. Dildine took a group of Southern playwrights including Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and David Lee Nelson on a 10-day tour to seven statesto interview local residents about how they experience life in the South.

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