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Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY

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Inspired by actual events in 1959, Alabama Story centers on a fearless, no- nonsense librarian, a vocal segregationist senator and an innocent children's book. In a parallel story, childhood friends Joshua and Lilly, a black man and white woman, reunite among the societal tensions of the times. In 2000, Emily Wheelock Reed was cited for her work in 1959 Alabama by the American Library Association and received the Scroll of Honor from the Freedom to Read Foundation for refusing to remove the children's book, The Rabbits Wedding from the shelf.

For information or tickets to Alabama Story phone the Box Office at 920- 868 -3287 or visit www.peninsulaplayers.com.

Photos by Len Villano.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players August 17 through Sept. 4, 2016. Pictured is Katherine Keberlein, photo by Len Villano. Scenic Design Jack Magaw, Costume Design Karin Simonson Kopischke, Lighting Design Emil Boulos, Sound Design Christopher Kriz and Properties Design Pauline Oleksy.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story? at Peninsula Players August 17 through Sept. 4, 2016. From left are Katherine Keberlein and Byron Glenn Willis as LIlly and Joshua, two childhood friends who reunite in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. Scenic Design Jack Magaw, Costume Design Karin Simonson Kopischke, Lighting Design Emil Boulos, Sound Design Christopher Kriz and Properties Design Pauline Oleksy.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players August 17 through Sept. 4, 2016. From left are Greg Vinkler and Carmen Roman as E.W. Higgins and Emily Wheelock Reed, a segregationist senator and a librarian who hold different views on "The Rabbit's Wedding," a children's book by Garth Williams.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players August 17 through Sept. 4, 2016. From left are Harter Clingman, Carmen Roman and Greg Vinkler.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players August 17 through September 4, 2016. Pictured is Byron Glenn Willis as Joshua.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' “Alabama Story� at Peninsula Players August 17 through Sept. 4, 2016. From left are Greg Vinkler, James Leaming, Harter Clingman and Carmen Roman.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story? at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are Greg Vinkler, James Leaming, Harter Clingman and Carmen Roman.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are Byron Glenn Willis and Katherine Keberlein as Joshua and Lilly, two childhood friends who reunite in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are Greg Vinkler, James Leaming, Byron Glenn Willis, Katherine Keberlein, Harter Clingman and Carmen Roman.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
Pictured is Greg Vinkler as senator E. W. Higgins in the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. For information or tickets phone the Box Office at 920-868-3287 or visit www.peninsulaplayers.com.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. James Leaming as author and illustrator Garth Williams. William's book "The Rabbit's Wedding" was under scrutiny by a segregationist senator in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. Carmen Roman as librarian Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who stood her ground for the right to read during the onset of the civil rights movement and refused to remove "The Rabbit's Wedding" from the shelves.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are Greg Vinkler and James Leaming as senators in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story? at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are Greg Vinkler, Harter Clingman, James Leaming and Carmen Roman. Scenic Design Jack Magaw, Costume Design Kärin Simonson Kopischke, Lighting Design Emil Boulos, Sound Design Christopher Kriz and Properties Design Pauline Oleksy.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story at Peninsula Players August 17 through September 4, 2016, From left are Byron Glenn Willils, James Leaming, Katherine Keberlein and Harter Clingman.

Photos: The Midwest Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
A scene from the Midwest Premiere of Kenneth Jones' Alabama Story? at Peninsula Players through Sept. 4. From left are James Leaming, Greg Vinkler and Carmen Roman. Roman portrays librarian Emily Wheelock Reed who defends the right to read in 1959 , Montgomery, Alabama. Vinkler plays E.W. Higgins, a segregationist senator who wants to ban "The Rabbit's Wedding," a children's book by Garth Williams.


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