2022-2023 Alabama School of Fine Arts Performance Season
See the students of Alabama School of Fine Arts in action! Performance, exhibits, and symposiums are part of the ASFA curriculum and are a way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. They also provide accessible arts and sciences experiences for the public. The performance season showcases mainstage dance, music, and theatre productions, readings, art exhibit openings, and research symposiums.
October 13, 2022, 7 pm & October 15, 2022, 2:30 pm: Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage (directed by Yohance Myles)
Following the end of the Civil War, many former enslaved people took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were Black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, this is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. “A gripping play…Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.” – The New York Times.
October 15, 2022, 7 pm & October 16, 2022, 2:30 pm: The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (adapted to the American West by ASFA Theatre Arts Chair John Manzelli)
As America begins the road to reconstruction following the Civil War, it turns its eyes to the west and Manifest Destiny. This American telling of Chekhov’s masterpiece follows the struggle of one family to find a place in this new and ever changing America.
October 21, 2022, 7 pm: The Time is Now Concert
The ASFA Music Department's large ensembles celebrate seizing the moment in a performance of works inspired by different ideas and opinions. The concert will feature performances by the ASFA Choir, The ASFA Jazz Ensemble, The ASFA Orchestra and our Soprano and Alto vocal ensemble Concerto Della Donne. It will also feature guest artist performance by Poet Laureate Ashley Jones in a world premiere of Harriet composed by Rebekah Griffen Greene with words by Ashley Jones.
February 24-25, 2022, 7 pm & February 26, 2:30 pm: A Chorus Line (directed by Zoe Wirt and John Manzelli)
The ASFA Department of Theatre proudly presents one of Broadway’s legendary musicals, featuring a live orchestra performed by the ASFA Department of Music under the direction of ASFA Music Chair Alex Fokkens. Opening Off-Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975, A Chorus Line, originally starring Donna McKechnie, Sammy Williams, Robert LuPone and Carole Bishop, transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975 and ran for 6,137 performances before closing on April 28, 1990. On September 29, 1983, A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history. In London, it played 903 performances at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It was revived at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway in 2006 and played for 759 performances.
March 17-18, 2023, 7 pm & March 19, 2023, 2:30 pm: HASHTAG SELFIE TIKTOK ZOOM (World Premiere) by Michael McKeever
A dark comedy about the hubris and insanity of the social media funhouse that the world has become, where truth and reality take a back seat to the number of clicks on a person’s TikTok feed. Produced by arrangement with The Barbara Hogenson Agency, Inc. All rights reserved. This play was commissioned and produced by the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL Chair of Theater, John Manzelli (2022).
April 6, 2023, 5:00-6:30 pm: Visual Arts Exhibit I Opening (free event in ASFA's Vulcan Materials Gallery)
A free art exhibition featuring works by the Class of 2023 ASFA Visual Arts Dept. Featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, and more.
April 20, 2023, 5:30-7 pm: Senior Research Symposium (free event)
ASFA Math-Science Department seniors present their in-depth research projects. Formal student presentations are from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM in the DJD Theater.
April 27, 2023, 5:00-6:30 pm: Visual Arts Exhibit II Opening (free event in ASFA's Vulcan Materials Gallery).
A free art exhibition featuring works by the Class of 2023 ASFA Visual Arts Department. Featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, and more.
May 5-6, 2023, 7 pm & May 7, 2023, 2:30 pm: Spring Repertory Dance Performance.
This classical, modern, and contemporary dance performance packs a powerful punch as the grand finale of ASFA’s dance productions for the year.
May 12-13, 2023, 7 pm: Camina Burana by Carl Orff.
The ASFA Music Department presents a performance of one of the most powerful and recognizable choral works ever composed, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The ASFA choir, ASFA alumni, guest choristers, and three locally loved vocal soloists (Cathy Spence, Dr. Patrick Evans and Roderick George), along with Dr. Lucy DeSa and alumnus Smith Williams on piano, come together to put on a show-stopping performance. This will be a highlight for all to end the 2022 – 2023 academic year.