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For our fifth year, RMT welcomes new voices, powerful works, and transformative performances to the stage.

Amid today's divisive rhetoric and Birmingham’s fractured past, RMT is working to spark world-changing conversations – one individual at a time. For through great art, we explore issues and emotions too difficult for mere words. And, this exploration opens us to consider the life of another – our fellow man.

RMT is proud to present five pieces at the Festival, now in its fifth year.

  • The Calling: The Story of Judge U.W. Clemon
  • Bar Mitzvah in Birmingham
  • The Crossing
  • Pink Clouds
  • Touch (in partnership with Opera Birmingham)

Sponsored by:  Steve Callaway & Keith Pennington | Susan & David Silverstein | Louise & John Beard | Keith Cromwell | South Arts

September 22-25, 2022
See individual performance for time.

Location: Discovery Theatre

Price: Tickets start at $10

Rating: Some performances may have coarse language.

PM 367x264 Bar Mitzvah

Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Continuing its path on the creative process, Bar Mitzvah in Birmingham returns to the RMT stage with a reworked script and fresh insights. What begins as a comedic fish-out-of-water story about an Orthodox Jewish family from Brooklyn in Alabama opens the door for an important discussion about the “New South.”

*Contains strong language

Community partner for this performance: The Birmingham Jewish Federation

PM 367x264 The Calling

The Calling: The Story of Judge U.W. Clemon
Friday, September 23

Written by Troy University Associate Professor Quinton Cockrell, The Calling examines the exceptional life and many battles of the civil rights icon U. W. Clemon. Red Mountain Theatre commissioned this work specifically to inspire younger audiences and show the path already trod--and the road yet ahead--for equality.

NOTE: This performance is reserved for school groups; not open to the public.

PM 367x264 The Crossing

The Crossing
Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Commissioned in partnership with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, playwright, director (and UAB assistant professor) Santiago Sosa weaves together real stories of the immigrant experience in our own city.

*Contains strong language

Community partner for this performance: Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

PM 367x264 Pink Clouds

Pink Clouds
Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

As the first play ever written by Birmingham journalist and author John Archibald, the work tackles huge questions of life, death, hypocrisy, and hope in his signature style.

*Contains strong language.

Community partner for this performance: Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice

PM 367x264 Touch

Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

Performed in partnership with Opera Birmingham, this work picks up where The Miracle Worker leaves off, in an exploration of Helen Keller’s work, relationships and advocacy for Women’s Suffrage, Disability Rights, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Community partners for this performance: Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Opera Birmingham

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