Alabama Shakespeare Festival in partnership with the Alabama Department of Tourism is presenting two World Premier Plays marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

 The Flagmaker of Market Street will run Feb 4-March 19. The story line is this: Montgomery store owner George Cowles walks a fine line catering to the Confederacy while holding secret Unionist meetings in his back room. When asked to create the first Confederate flag he has to make a choice between upholding his convictions and living a lie.

Blood Divided,  showing Feb 18 – March 20, is about fifteen-year old Willie  Baldwin, who is enchanted by secessionist William Lowndes Yancey. The young man is disgusted by his father’s moderate views about war. As tension grows between Willie, his family and freeman James Hale, Willie’s rash behavior has unforeseen consequences.

ASF is celebrating its 25th season. Don’t miss these two plays, as well as the Spring Repertory Season. Outstanding stuff, this Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Montgomery is very, very fortunate to have a first-class theatre, actors and staff,like we have at ASF, especially for a city the size of ours.