Alabama Story
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By Kenneth Jones
SHOW TIMES: Thursday, October 3
- Sunday, October 20, 2024

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm

As the Civil Rights movement is brewing, a controversial children’s book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s author, Garth Williams, famous for his illustrations of E.B. White’s Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, inhabit the same page in a Deep South of the imagination that brims with humor, heartbreak, and hope.  Inspired by true events.

Tickets are $60 for adults; $55 for seniors; $25 for students of all ages and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318 or by visiting our website at

First matinee performance will be Thursday, October 3rd at 2pm.

DID YOU KNOW?  Ivoryton Playhouse offers discounted tickets on Thursday nights!  On Thursday nights at 6:00pm, tickets for that night’s 7:30pm performance can be purchased for only $30.  Limit four tickets per person.  Tickets available at the box office only, for that performance only.  Subject to availability. It is a mission of Ivoryton Playhouse to bring affordable, professional, high quality theatre experiences to our community.


Director:  Todd Underwood

Stage Manager:  James Joseph Clark*

Assistant Stage Manager:  Holly Price

Scenic Designer:  Glenn Bassett

Lighting Designer:  Alan Piotrowicz

Sound Designer:  Alan Piotrowicz

Projection Designer:  Jessica Drayton

Costume Designer:  K. Duffner

* member of Actors Equity

Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, October 3rd. Light refreshments will be served.

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 (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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Did You

The controversial and challenged children’s book at the center of Alabama Story is called “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” and it depicts a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit. The year 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the book’s 1958 publication, when politicians and citizens in Alabama wanted the book burned. The play is set in 1959, and freely mixes fact, fiction, humor and drama. The drama seeks to be playful, serious, smart, funny, dark and hopeful all at once. It’s also a love letter to reading — and librarians.