Adapted Deep South novel comes to stage

1:16:50 PM CDT - Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Mainstage Series opens its 2005-06 season with "The Last Hotel for Women," which is based on the novel by Vicki Covington and adapted for stage by Randy Marsh, her playwright brother.

The play has been performed before sell-out crowds and was nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association's Osborn Award.

The story centers on a Birmingham, Ala., family whose lives are dramatically changed when a freedom rider comes to stay at their hotel. It has been described as a "moving and honest remembrance of America's struggle for civil rights."

Covington is a creative writing instructor at the University of Birmingham known for her novels of the Deep South. The University of Alabama Press has chosen "The Last Hotel for Women" for its Deep South series.

Other productions in this year's Mainstage Series are "The 1940's Radio Hour," playing Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 4; "Noises Off," which runs Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19; and Shakespeare's "The Tempest," from Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7.

"The Last Hotel for Women," rated R, will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, through Saturday, Oct. 15, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Oct. 16, in Wilner Auditorium. Tickets are $10 with discounts available through the Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233.

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