Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hallelujah! Amen Corner sings its heart out to the SOLD OUT Allen Bales stage

Tuscaloosa, AL: The U.A. Department of Theatre & Dance presents Amen Corner Oct. 23– Oct. 28. The first all African-American cast since 2001’s The Piano Lesson, Amen Corner is being heralded as this year’s “box office bonanza” as ticket buyers clamor to attend this musical adaptation of James Baldwin’s play.

In Amen Corner, the sixties reign supreme outside the doors of the small Harlem church led by Miss Margaret Alexander, the strong-willed female pastor. Once praised by her congregation, she now faces trouble as her long-lost husband returns to the city and causes tension amongst the fold. Keeping herself and her church together is near impossible as she struggles with feelings for this “wicked” man and her wayward son.

Amen Corner runs in the Allen Bales Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 28. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Following the Saturday matinee is The University of Alabama’s Talk Back event, in which audience members can ask questions of the cast and crew and learn more about the production process. Although the show is SOLD OUT, the Department of Theatre & Dance & Dance will sell “Standby Tickets” one hour prior to each performance. “Standby Ticket” patrons will be seated if the original ticket holders do not claim their seats by curtain. “Standby Ticket” patrons who cannot be seated will be refunded the cost of admission. Lines form early! All tickets are $6. (All prices include a $1 service fee.) Tickets can be purchased at the box office in Rowand-Johnson Hall between the hours of 12 and 5 p.m. (205-348-3400) or online anytime at www.crimsonartstickets.com.

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