Finding a Home
The Tourism Council knew that a home for Conecuh People was needed. In 2002 the City of Union Springs acquired Trinity Church from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and swapped some vacant land generously donated by three local businessmen for the unused church. The City agreed to lease the building to the Tourism Council, and plans were made to produce Conecuh People in the sanctuary of the old church, newly named the Red Door Theatre in honor of the red doors that traditionally signified “sanctuary” in many churches including the former Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Dream Becomes a Reality
The TCBC had retained the rights to the play, and a reading of it was presented at the Red Door Theatre in July 2003. By December, the Drama Project Group had been formed with Tourism Council and community members. Originally planned only as a play, Conecuh People evolved into Conecuh People…the Experience which included a quilt exhibit in the town’s original Carnegie Library, an exhibit of local artists’ works presented at City Hall, an old-fashioned, seated dinner at the First Baptist Church, tours of a historic log cabin (c.1850) and Civil War cemetery, and overnight accommodations at a nearby hunting lodge. Townspeople and businesses were becoming involved!
The results were unbelievable—the 2004 premiere was sold out and it was an overwhelming success. The next spring (2005) the production was expanded to two weekends with more collateral events, and, much to the delight of audiences, air conditioning was installed in the Red Door Theatre! In 2007 it was designated by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel as one of the state’s “50 Must See Cultural Art Events” for that year.
...and Even More!
In 2008, the Tourism Council announced plans for the Red Door Theatre’s first theatrical season, presenting only plays that were Southern in nature and setting. After a very successful production of four
entertaining plays, the Red Door Theatre entered it’s second season of
productions — ALWAYS ALABAMA 2009! — with all four plays having
Alabama roots. The next year’s season, SIMPLY SOUTHERN 2010, was a
celebration of our region’s heritage, culture, and future. Each of the four plays
being produced had a cherished connection to the South and her citizens.
This tradition continued in 2011 with four uniquely Southern plays in a season
entitled ALL SOUTHERN, ALL THE TIME. 2012 was an incredible year—
4 X SOUTHERN—once again offering four productions with Southern
connections including the Alabama premiere of The Passing of Pearl in April.
This year promises the best season yet full of SOUTHERN SURPRISES!
with something for everyone—humor, drama, music, and love stories.
to read about the Red Door Theatre's current season, peruse photos from previous productions,
and obtain information about theatre policies, ticket purchases, etc.
Contact 334.738.8687 for additional info.