Jeffrey's New Play, And More KTWTuesday, October 26, 2010
13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey was first published in 1969 and by the mid-80s, at least, it was a regional 'classic' - even taught in schools. In elementary school, I remember being read sections of the book, and in sixth grade English my class was taught the book by a friend of the author. In fact, the teacher told of the time when she called Kathryn Tucker Windham's home in Selma and Jeffrey (Kathryn's home's ghost) picked up the phone.
He didn't say anything.
But we were told it was most certainly Jeffrey.
That teacher also loved to tell us (multiple times) that she grew up and went to school with Polly Holliday, another Alabama native, who played the waitress 'Flo' on 'Alice'. I remember thinking that I wasn't terribly impressed because Polly Holliday said "kiss my grits" and a lady should never say something like that! Especially on television for the whole world to see and hear! My sixth-grade sensibilities were offended.
Well, back to Jeffrey. Red Mountain Theatre Company in B'ham has turned '13 Alabama Ghosts...' into a musical, and it's being performed this weekend. Some of the performances are already sold out.
This is the show art they developed - a pic of Kathryn visiting Live Oak Cemetery in Selma:
That audience included Rick Bragg, a young fan who would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer and author.
“It’s funny that you can read something that’s intended to be scary, but it’s also reassuring and kind of staples you in place,” Bragg says. “It’s one of those things that is so inherently Alabama. It’s one of those things you just recognize, and if you mention it to people of my age, or any age really, they say, ‘Oh, yeah.’”
|Kathryn Tucker Windham|