Alabama Shakespeare Festival Goes on Tour

Losing all of its state funding for the upcoming season hasn't prevented the Alabama Shakespeare Festival from reaching out to new audiences.

The theater is embarking on a $1.2 million campaign targeting people who live within 300 miles of its Montgomery home, as well as an unprecedented national tour of military bases and a renovation plan, all that after losing all $800,000 of its state funding over the last four years.

ASF's two-month tour of the nation's military bases is part of the National Endowment for the Arts' Shakespeare in American Communities initiative. The 12-state, 14-base tour begins at Maxwell Air Force Base in September and concludes with a five-day stop at Birmingham's Virginia Samford Theatre the last week of October.