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IF2017-2018

Fall 2017 casting calls!

If you’re interested in reading for Titia Andronica, please contact Erin Hildebrand (eahildebrand@crimson.ua.edu) and Courtney Parker (caparker4@crimson.ua.edu).

If you’re interested in reading for Samson Agonistes, please contact Nic Helms (nrhelms@ua.edu).

If you’re interested in reading archival World War I materials at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, please contact Deborah Parker (parkerburch@comcast.net).

Casting calls for Spring 2018 will come in December.

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On Monday, April 24th at 7:30pm at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center, Improbable Fictions will present Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Pre-show music begins at 7:10pm. As always, IF events are free and open to the public.

The Facebook Event

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(The IF event will not star Sara Bernhardt as Cleopatra. Apologies.)

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This Sunday at Gorgas 205! Show at 7:30, pre-show music at 7:10 pm.WVL poster[2581]

On Thursday, March 30th at 7:30pm in 205 Gorgas Library, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, an early modern Spanish drama. The reading is directed by Deborah Parker and will involve actors from UA and from the Tuscaloosa community. Free and open to the public.

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I’m pleased to announce the spring 2017 lineup for Improbable Fictions! We’re organizing a wide variety of events this semester, including workshops on Shakespearean appropriations and two separate staged readings, one of Shakespeare and one of the early modern Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon. For the first four events, we ask that you RSVP to nrhelms@ua.edu to indicate your interest.

  • Sunday, Jan 29th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 301 Morgan Hall.
  • Tuesday, Feb 7th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of work by Diamond Forde. 301 Morgan Hall.
  • Sunday, Feb 26th from 7:00 to 10:00pm, a staged reading of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 205 Gorgas Library.
  • Thursday, Mar 30th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Perdon Calderon’s Life is a Dream, directed by Deborah Parker (parkerburch@comcast.net). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Deborah for details.
  • Sunday, April 16th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Annie Levy (aglevy1@ua.edu). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Annie for details.

Finally, I’d like to note that the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies is thrilled to be hosting the American Shakespeare Center’s “Hungry Hearts Tour 2017” for two (FREE!) productions at the BAMA Theatre, February 10-11: The Two Gentleman of Verona and Romeo and Juliet.

Both performances begin at 7:30 (with pre-show music beginning at 7:00PM). These shows are free and open to the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a rare opportunity to see a longstanding, professional Shakespeare company perform free of charge (most of the host institutions are charging admission for ASC shows, but we are making them available to students, faculty, and members of the community for free to encourage as broad and large an audience as possible).

We have a dedicated webpage for the ASC shows: http://english.ua.edu/grad/strode/asc

The website includes more information about both performances as well as a brief history of the ASC and its unique, high-energy performance style based on Shakespeare’s original staging conditions.

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Here’s the schedule for the Spoken Word Tent at this year’s Kentuck Festival of the Arts! Improbable Fictions events are below in bold:

Saturday, October 15

9:30 am, Steven Hobbs
10:30 am, Improbable Fictions, The Letters of Augusta Evans
11:30 am, Jack Day and the OLLI Storytellers
12:30 pm, Tall Tales and Telling Truths
1:30 pm, Steven Hobbs
2:30 pm, Improbable Fictions, Selections from American Literature
3:30 pm, Tall Tales and Telling Truths

Sunday, October 16
9:30 am, Tall Tales and Telling Truths
10:30 am, Steven Hobbs
11:30 am, Improbable Fictions, The Letters of Augusta Evans
12:30 pm, Tall Tales and Telling Truths
1:30 pm, Jack Day and the OLLI Storytellers
2:30 pm, Steven Hobbs
3:30 pm, Pure Products

Jack Day’s daddy used to spank him for telling stories, but Jack grew up to become a storyteller with the stage name of “Storytelling Day.” Jack loves to tell tall tales, personal stories, folk tales, multi-cultural stories, stories crafted to communicate life-lessons, and Bible stories. He teaches storytelling at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama, and has invited several of his students to share the stage with him at Kentuck. The OLLI offers courses for adults who desire to continue to study. One of the courses taught is storytelling. OLLI storytellers have stories that they want to tell and that you will enjoy hearing.

Steven H. Hobbs is a storyteller, educator, lawyer, poet, historian, actor, and community organizer.  Hobbs sees himself as a story framer, one who structures stories around history, law, entrepreneurship, culture, and life.  Storyteller Hobbes likes to share stories of wisdom, humor, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Improbable Fictions is a staged reading series sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. The series was co-founded in 2010 by Nic Helms and Alaina Jobe Pangburn as a way for students of English Literature to see classic plays in performance. For this year’s Festival, IF has partnered with UA’s W.S. Hoole Special Collections to present a reading of 19th century novelist Augusta Evans’ letters.

Pure Products is a reading series run by English Instructors Eric Parker and Abe Smith from the University of Alabama who hope to create a tighter writing and arts community in the Tuscaloosa area. This year, they will host bi-weekly open mic nights, alongside monthly Northport Art Night readings. All readings will be held at Tea Town Alabama: 412 22nd Ave Northport, AL (next to Mary’s Cakes).

Tall Tales and Telling Truths is a new community group of storytellers organized by Wescott Youngson and focused on tales of diversity and personal experience.