What's Happening in 2019?

2019 AFPP PLAY READINGS

JANUARY 2019

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 AT 7:30PM

MAUD MULLER

Book and Lyrics by Catherine Bush and Music by Dax Dupuy

“Maud Muller, on a summer’s day, raked the meadow sweet with hay...”

Inspired by John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous poem, this musical fable flashes between the past and the present, telling us the story of Maud, a poor young farm woman, and Parker, the wealthy judge who rode into her life one day. After spending one precious moment together, Maud and Parker are left to wonder what might have been... and what might still be. A story of love, longing, and second chances set in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 AT 1:00PM

EXTRACTION

by A.J. DeLauder

Monica Foers, a struggling photojournalist from The Washington Gazette, has been sent on assignment to Welch, West Virginia, to document the decline of coal miners in the land made famous by Homer Hickam and October Sky. But when Monica accidentally travels to beautiful little Walsh, West Virginia instead, she decides to use the local townspeople’s histories and images to create the stereotypical, downtrodden caricatures she expected to find. Little does Monica realize that her exploitation may ultimately rob Walsh of far more than just a few pictures.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 AT 4:00PM

LET MAISY REST IN PEACE

by Margo Hammond

At his wife’s dying request, Walter respectfully buries her in the front yard of their home in Tinder Hill, Alabama. Some folks loyally support the gravesite location while others are unsure of the “flashy” memorial that’s drawing considerable attention on Main Street. When the Town Council intervenes, Walter is torn between honoring his promise to Maisy and considering the needs of his economically distressed community.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 AT 1:00PM

THE TRAIL

by Taylor Hatch

A young MMA fighter fleeing from the law is taken in by aragtag group of squatters living in the backwoods off theAppalachian Trail. When a sinister forest ranger threatens their way of life, Robyn must keep her identity hidden and decide whether to face her fears or live free with her newfound family.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 AT 4:00PM

MONTGOMERY

by Stephen Brown

Megan hates country music singer Rick Montgomery, so she and her best friend Kimmy have decided that tonight’s concert will be his last. As they run from the cops, songs will be sung, people will be shot, and fourteen-year-olds will discover the actual difficulty in exacting revenge in this surprising, wild ride of a comedy.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 AT 1:00PM

TAKING FLIGHT

by Frankie Little Hardin

Taking Flight is a free-flying examination of our love for feathered things and the threat of their extinction. In this epic journey, we begin in 1932 — when the last Heath Hen in existence meets a Model T — veer back to 1810 and forward to an imagined 2039, with various points in between. We encounter scientists, nature writers, slaves, slaveholders – and even John James Audubon. At a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher, the play is a peek into the unique history of bird-watching—a hobby that is growing every year, even as the number of birds we love to watch continues to decline drastically.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 AT 4:00PM

WE’LL MEET AGAIN

Book and Lyrics by James Harris and Music by Mark Hayes

Based on the true story of Jewish refugee, Henry Stern, who fled Nazi Germany at the age of five to start a new life in the small Alabama town of Opelika. Many years later, he makes an amazing discovery that reconnects him with his past, and gives new insights and meaning to his life’s journey. The audience favorite at last year’s AFPP, this new musical is filled with songs of the World War 2 era and a reminder to embrace and celebrate life.