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20 I n c i t e /I ns i ght Exclusive W i n te r 20 1 9 The cast of Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Photo Credit: the Alabama Shakespeare Festival The Privilege of Power: Promise Over Trauma in Alabama An Interview with Tangela Large, Director of Four Little Girls WR ITTEN BY ALEX ATES T o inaugurate 2019, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montomery programed Christina Ham’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) play Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 on their mainstage with a cast of 24 students from the Montgomery Public School System (MPS)—which is currently under state takeover. Ham’s play meditates on the stolen potential of four young lives lost to American terrorism in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. during the civil rights struggle. Instead of emphasizing their murder, the play honors the dignity of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia D. Morris Wesley, and Carole Robertson. The production was directed by Tangela Large, a professor at the University of West Georgia. This interview was originally conducted for Howlround in the piece “Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls,” and is published, in full, with their permission. Alex Ates: For a major regional theatre to program a TYA production with a cast exclusively with young