Greta Lambert as Emily Reed in the 2020 Alabama Shakespeare Festival production of “Alabama Story.” (Photo by Stewart Edmonds)

Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA, will give Alabama Story — the six-actor, one-set drama about an embattled librarian in the Deep South — its state premiere as part of the resident Equity company’s 2021-22 season. Playwright Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired drama will be directed by Thomas W. Jones II for a run Feb. 17-March 6, 2022. [Editor’s note: Due to the COVID pandemic, this booking has been moved to fall 2022, with dates to be announced.]

The acclaimed play has been seen in more than 40 productions around the country and is now published and licensed through Dramatists Play Service, from which you can get an e-copy of the script or ask about performance rights. (Hard copies of the script will be available at a later date.)

Georgia Ensemble Theatre bills Alabama Story this way: “Political foes, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty state librarian take the stage for a uniquely poetic love letter to reading. We all have more in common than we imagine. A drama based on true events.”

Casting and full production team have not been announced.

GET’s home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

The play focuses on how Alabama state librarian Emily Wheelock Reed protected a children’s book that was under attack by state politicians in 1959 Montgomery, AL. The book, “The Rabbits’ Wedding” by Garth Williams, was about a black rabbit and a white rabbit who decide to marry. The play toggles between the political conflict and a reunion of two childhood friends that same year, with themes interlacing by play’s end.

The 2021-22 GET season in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, about 25 miles north of Atlanta, includes the Fats Waller revue Ain’t Misbehavin’, Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Vanity Fair and the musical The Pretty Pants Bandit by Chase Peacock and Jessica DeMaria.

Get more information about Georgia Ensemble Theatre here. GET is under the leadership of producing artistic director Anita Allen-Farley.