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ASF’s “Nacirema Society” Should Be Broadway-Bound

November 19th, 2022

Remember that rumor? It just came knocking on my front door.” -Grace Dubose Dunbar

For nearly 20 years a proud tradition of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has been its bold mission to foster and showcase the work of southern storytellers through its Southern Writers Project. The latest offering born of the Project is yet another gem, further heightening the program’s profile and deservedly earning national acclaim.

Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years” is a witty, intriguing comedy decisively worthy of an international tour.

Set ten years in the shadow of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, it chronicles the Nacirema Society’s feverish planning to mark its centennial, made more dramatic with the anticipated engagement of its primary member’s granddaughter. But lurking behind the ivy-covered walls of gentility and immaculate reputations are a pair of secretive lovers and a shocking family secret, both of which threaten to engulf the event in scandal and to ruin good names. And yet, though it’s the stuff great knuckle-biting dramas are built upon, we as the audience are laughing with total abandon throughout it all.

A truly unique quality of this play is that it offers the perspective of black high society and an arms-length approach to the struggle for civil rights. Invariably plays set during this period focus on the foot soldier activists on the front lines, sitting in at lunch counters and participating in protest marches. This captures the rarely presented viewpoint of black individuals who, although inexorably linked by race to those in the struggle for freedom, are generally removed from those in the trenches fighting the good fight. The event’s organizers even dismissively refer to activities led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, only expressing concern that such things may disrupt the Nacirema Society’s celebration. But this is assuredly not weighty subject matter in the play. It’s merely a sliver of the setting and does not in any way hinder or make somber the comedic aspects of the story.

Mobile Alabama

April 22nd, 2022

Mobile, a port city in Alabama, is situated in the center of the Gulf Coast. The city’s art, architecture, food and culture reflect the legacy left by exotic travelers who passed through its shores a few centuries back.

There are direct flights to Mobile from Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Orlando, Cincinnati and Charlotte. The three regional airports are: Mobile Regional Airport situated at 8400 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36608; Pensacola Regional Airport, 2430 Airport Blvd., Ste. 225, Pensacola, FL 32504; and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 14035 L Airport Road, Gulfport, MS 39503. These airports serve interstate passengers to arrive at Mobile.

There are several national car rental agencies at these airports to take the traveler to downtown Mobile. From these airports, it is less than an hour’s drive to downtown Mobile. On land, Greyhound Bus Lines connects Mobile Bay with cities all over the United States. The bus terminal is located at 2545 Government Blvd, Mobile Bay. A traveler by car can take Interstate highways I-10 and I-65. By rail, people can reach Amtrak’s Station as the landing point. Many people also use Mobile’s vibrant waterfront to cruise in to Mobile Bay.

Perhaps the best sightseeing option in the city is to use the Moda – the city’s electric trolley. It is a free, fun-filled and funky electric trolley. This environmentally friendly trolley service is available Monday through Friday, from 7am – 6pm. It has 22 stops, including Government Plaza, the courthouse, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, parks, historical districts and much more. Also, a public transit system known as the Wave operates throughout Mobile County.

Mobile Bay is well known for fresh seafood, including shrimp, blue crabs, oysters, amberjack, flounder and much more. Whether fried, broiled, grilled, sautéed or blackened, they come to the dining table in a tantalizing and delicious spectrum of styles. Apart from this, there are juicy barbecue, spicy Creole, Cajun dishes, and many unique products of down-home Southern cooking.

The mild and comfortable climate in the city provides plenty of opportunities for year-round outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, football and many more. The Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo attracts fishermen from across the nation.

The city’s entertainment district is filled with several restaurants and live music venues situated within walking distance of the downtown hotels. The city’s bars, nightclubs and live music venues provide a range of musical entertainment.