Even though an Alabamian currently serves as U.S. attorney general, a Yellowhammer State native ascended to an even higher position in the legal realm. Hugo Black was Ashland’s most famous son when he served in the U.S. Senate from 1927-37 but his service as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court put him in exalted company.

On the court from 1937-71, Black ruled on some of the biggest landmark cases in the nation’s history. The internment of Japanese-Americans, rights to privacy, due process, voting rights, school desegregation and civil rights infringements were topics of his term on the bench.

Emory University’s Steve Suitts wrote a biography of Black that earned him the Georgia Author of the Year award. He will be at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) for its Nov. 14 Learning Lunch at noon. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages along with the free address. 

For more information, call 251-208-7569 or go to historymuseumofmobile.com.


JJP stages peak Shakespeare tragedy

Of Shakespeare’s most notable tragedies, “Othello” stands apart. While the action takes place in political surroundings, it doesn’t involve battles for the crown or murder among royals as much as the pitfalls of personal relationships and insecurities.

The titular Moorish soldier takes a Venetian native, Desdemona, as his wife. An envious and scheming aide exploits Othello’s character flaw and combines it with cultural racism. Bloody havoc ensues.

Joe Jefferson Players (11 S. Carlen St.) present this consummate work Nov. 9-18. Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 to $20.

For more information, call 251-471-1534 or go to joejeffersonplayers.com.


Fairhope auditions for Southern drama

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is not only a touchstone of 20th century stage and screen but also awash in the hallmarks of Southern Gothic themes and style. The sultry and turbulent drama set in the working class quarters of New Orleans is steeped in the class struggle, passion and mental illness that were staples of the genre.

Fairhope’s Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave.) will hold auditions Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. for their production of the Williams work. Timothy Guy will direct when it is staged Feb 1-17, 2019. They are seeking males aged 18-65 and females aged 25-70. Several small cameo roles are available and all experience levels are welcome. Audition will be open with cold readings from the script.

For more information, call 251-928-4366 or go to theatre98.org.