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Alabama Story

Alexander Weisman
Pioneer Theatre Company's "Alabama Story" L-R: William Parry (Sen. Higgins) and Greta Lambert (Emily).

How could a children's story about two fluffy bunnies cause uproar? In 1958, author and illustrator Garth Williams published The Rabbits' Wedding, about a black rabbit and a white rabbit who love each other. Segregationists in Alabama, championed by a state senator, demanded the book be banned. But the state library director held her ground. The battle is at the center of a new play premiering at Pioneer Theatre Company. Thursday, playwright Kenneth Jones and others join us to talk about Alabama Story.

Pioneer Theatre Company's Alabama Story runs January 9 - January 24, Monday through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 801-581-6961, or click here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.