The Octagon, Blount Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Alabama, USA
The Octagon is the smaller of the two theaters
within the Carolyn Blount Theatre complex, home to the nationally
Shakespeare Festival since 1985. Carolyn Blount Theatre houses
two theaters: the Festival
Stage, and the Octagon. Ancillary spaces for the theaters include
an actor's green room, dressing rooms, two rehearsal rooms, and
prop, costume, scenery, and sound and lighting shops.
The Octagon is a flat floor flexible theater
that can accommodate up to 225 seats. This auditorium can be arranged
in thrust and arena formats, and can be cleared of its traditional
seating for productions staged in experimental formats. It is also
used for musical recitals and student theatrical productions. Seating
in this space is arranged on castered telescoping risers in order
to achieve flexibility in staging arrangements.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival operates year-round,
producing fourteen world-class productions annually, including three
works of William Shakespeare. In addition classics of the stage
- works by playwrights such as Moliére, George Bernard Shaw,
Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and Eugene O'Neill
- along with musicals and new works commissioned by the Festival.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for this facility. Architect
of Carolyn Blount Theatre is Blount/Pittman.