Alabama Shakespeare Festival: ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Wizard of Oz,’ more in 2024-2025

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announced its 2024-2025 season Friday, including “Hamlet,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Wizard of Oz” and more.

The seven-show season also includes Ken Ludwig’s “Dear Jack, Dear Louise,” “The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963,” Ludwig’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” and the world premiere of Donnetta Lavina Grays’ “Kudzu Calling.”

The season:

“Dear Jack, Dear Louise” (Sept. 26-Oct. 13). Ken Ludwig’s “biographical love story” about U.S. Army Capt. Jack Ludwig and aspiring actress Louise Rabiner, who meet by letter.

“A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 21-Dec. 29). Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale adapted by Rick Dildine, ASF’s artistic director.

“The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963” (Feb. 6-23, 2025). Reginald Andre Jackson’s play, adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis’ book, about the Watson family of Flint, Michigan, visiting Birmingham during an eventful summer.

“Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” (March 13-April 6, 2025). Ken Ludwig’s play that takes place largely in Sherwood Forest, among the classic characters Little John, Friar Tuck and Maid Marian.

“Hamlet” (April 17-May 4, 2025). One of William Shakespeare’s most-performed works, about Prince Hamlet of Denmark, his mother Gertrude and uncle Claudius. With a pretty good monologue thrown in, too.

“Kudzu Calling” (May 29-June 15, 2025). Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ poetic play that explores “Black Southern love, queerness, playfulness, culture and spirituality,” according to ASF.

“The Wizard of Oz” (July 9-Aug. 17, 2025). L. Frank Baum’s tale of Dorothy, Toto and their friends hitting the yellow brick road. The show features the musical score from the MGM film.

Season renewals are underway, with new subscriptions going on sale June 28.

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