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.
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The Red Door Theatre
...celebrating our heritage, culture, & future
In 2001, the Tourism Council of Bullock County decided that a theatrical production of an original drama indigenous to the community could be the catalyst to attract tourists to Union Springs.
Efforts of this group led to the identification of Conecuh People, a collection of monologues compiled by native son, Wade Hall, as the vehicle by which to accomplish this goal. Playwright Ty Adams, a native of nearby Clayton who was then living in New York, was commissioned to adapt the book for stage, and it was initially presented at Troy University in February 2002.
Production of "Hank Williams:
Lost Highway" at the Red Door Theatre.
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 has continued annually with four uniquely Southern plays each season; 2011 - ALL SOUTHERN, ALL THE TIME, 2012 - 4 X SOUTHERN, 2013 - SOUTHERN SECRETS, 2014 - A TASTE OF THE SOUTH, 2015 - THE SOUTHERN SOUL, 2016 - SOUTHERN STARS, 2017 - SOUTHERN SPIRIT, and in 2018 - SPECTACULARLY SOUTHERN once again offering four productions with Southern connections including Walking across Egypt, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, and The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular.