Inspired by true events, “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones delves into the racial tensions and book censorship in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. It follows Emily Reed, a no-nonsense state librarian, as she faces backlash for adding the controversial children’s book about a black rabbit and a white rabbit getting married to the library. Its perceived message of racial integration and equality sparks outrage among some powerful figures in the state. As the Civil Rights movement is brewing, the children’s book stirs the passions of a determined segregationist State Senator. A contrasting story of childhood friends—an African American man and a woman of white privilege, reunited in adulthood in a friendship that transcends societal boundaries—provides a private counterpoint to the public events swirling in the state capital. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s author inhabit the same page in a Deep South of the imagination that brims with humor, heartbreak, and hope. These characters’ lives intersect as they confront issues of racism, freedom of speech, and the power of literature. Set against the backdrop of segregation, the play explores themes of censorship, prejudice, and the power of literature.