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IMPROBABLE FICTIONS WANTS YOU!
http://www.mobilebaymag.com/Mobile-Bay/October-2012/This-vs-That/
Why: We need readers!

What: In collaboration with UA’s Hoole Special Collections Library, Improbable Fictions will be reading at the Spoken Word Tent of this year’s Kentuck Festival of the Arts.

When: October 15 and 16, 2016

Where: Beautiful Kentuck Park  in Northport, Al.

What: We will be reading selections from the writings of  Alabama native and 19th century writer Augusta Evans Wilson. Readings include selections from the collection of her letters at The University of Alabama and some of her fiction. A second session will feature readings across American literature. Pick a favorite poem or a passage from a short story and join us!

We have transcripts of the letters available for readers, but you can find the originals below in Acumen.

Letter summaries
1859-12-08
Augusta writes to her friend Rachel of unanswered letters, domestic affairs, and the illness of her siblings with an emphasis on her brother’s typhoid fever. She describes the weather being usually cold for Mobile and the orange trees dying from it. She recounts the books that she had read and correspondence received.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000012

1860-01-04
Augusta wishes Rachel a happy New Year. She expresses that she would like to have Rachel with her when she travels to Europe. With the sales of her book, Beulah, doing well she is expecting to have time to do this. Augusta relates the books that she have read and her view that one must process an intimate knowledge of Dante. She tells of recent correspondence from Colonel Seaver, Mr. Derby, and Nina Moses.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000011

1860-02-16
Augusta responds to Rachel’s letter about the health of Mr. Caldwell. She has delayed her trip to Europe until she can find friends who are going to Italy. Augusta writes about correspondence from their mutual friends and the coming of spring.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000019

1860-07-30
Augusta writes to Rachel, acknowledging the poor health of Mr. Moses. Augusta urges her friend to write a Jewish tale (as she was Jewish). She relates that women cannot serve two masters, fame and love. Women writers cannot marry. Augusta rebuts the rumor that she is getting married. She says that she will never marry. [Note: Augusta does get married, 8 years later, to a veteran named Lorenzo Wilson.]
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000009

1860-11-15
Augusta writes to Rachel explaining to her that she has been moving to town for the winter perhaps the year. She encourages Rachel to write and gives her tips from plot to characters. Augusta mentions the Southern problem of secession and expects that South Carolina will lead the way.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000006

1861-02-02
Augusta writes to say she assisted in preparing over 9,000 bags to be filled with sand for use at Fort Morgan. She is very anxious about her father and two brothers serving at Fort Morgan. They will be sent to Fort Pickens, Pensacola, Florida, if needed. Augusta replies to questions about Mr. Derby, a strong Union supporter, who has returned to New York City. She expresses her wish that Virginia secedes soon as well as other border states.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000007

[1863]-03-28
Augusta writes to Rachel of her disbelief in her news of hiding from her parents her engagement to Dr. Heustis, who is a Christian.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000022

1864-02-28
Augusta writes to Rachel of her return trip from Columbus to Mobile and the many troubles she met along the way. Augusta thought the immediate threat in Mobile of an attack was subsiding. She conveys that she cannot find the cotton or the dress that Rachel wants.
•    http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/u0003/0001563/0000020

It’s hard to believe the life that Improbable Fictions has had thus far: twenty five separate staged readings since 2010, covering Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Euripides, Elizabeth Cary, and Terry Pratchett, readings that have drawn on actors and audience members from the University of Alabama and the community of Tuscaloosa. It’s my pleasure today to announce a few details about the seventh season of IF. (Wait a moment, I’m quickly checking my math…yes, SEVENTH SEASON).

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 7:30pm at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center (here) IF will present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, adapted by Alaina Jobe Pangburn and myself back in 2010. You can find the script here (Helms.Jobe.Twelfth Night Script, Aug 2015), and if you’re interested in participating you can reach me at nrhelms@ua.edu. Hopefully this time around I’ll just be directing and won’t have to play Orsino as well!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, also at the CAC at 7:30pm, IF will present Shakes’ Hamlet, adapted and directed by Jacob Crawford, whom you can reach at jcrawford1@crimson.ua.edu.

We’re also working on a reading of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine in December and a possible performance at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in October. Details will be announced when I have them!

~nrhelms

IF presents *The Tragedy of Mariam* this Thursday!

Poster by Kirstin Bone.

Baby, bring home the bacon!

Posted: March 24, 2012 by nrhelms in Audio, Staged Reading
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If you missed last Thursday’s staged reading of Lysistrata, fear not!  Here’s the mp3:

Lysistrata, March 22, 2012

Sadly, you can’t hear just how many tube socks were stuffed into Kinesias’ pants…

Cast List:

Lysistrata…………………………………………..Natalie Hopper
Cleonike………………………………………………Allison Hetzel
Myrrhine…………………………………………………Molly Page
Lampito………………………………………………Susie Johnson
Corinthian Woman………………………………Amber Gibson
Boeotian Woman……………………………Dakota Park-Ozee
Leader of Men’s Chorus…………………..………….Nic Helms
Men’s Chorus………………………………….Frank Sharpe,
Eric Marable, Jr., Asher Elbein
Leader of Women’s Chorus……………………Deborah Parker
Women’s Chorus…………Amber Gibson, Dakota Park-Ozee, Dori Burns
Athenian Magistrate……………………….Mark Hughes Cobb
Kinesias………………………………….………………Joey Gamble
Spartan Herald……………………………..…………Motell Foster
Spartan Ambassador………………………..………Russell Frost

Adapted and Directed by Steve Burch