Union Springs theater presents ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’

Published 9:23 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

The Tourism Council of Bullock County will present “Cotton Patch Gospel” at Union Springs’ Red Door Theatre April 24-27. This “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is based on the book, The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music written by the very popular Harry Chapin—the final and perhaps best songs he wrote. As this Gospel begins, they sing that “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.”
Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. Drama critics love this show and so do audiences the world over.
“Cotton Patch Gospel” is directed by Scottish native Fiona Macleod, former head of the Huntingdon College theatre program, with a regional cast of 8 actors and 7 musicians. Performed at the Red Door just days after Easter, this special interpretation of the story of Jesus will touch the hearts of theatre goers and leave them humming the tunes of the last songs written by 1970’s folk singer Harry Chapin, best known for his number-one hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.”
Although tickets are sold out for Friday, April 25, they are still available for Thursday and Saturday, at 7:30, and for the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Seated dinners at the First Baptist Church are offered prior to evening performances.
Contact the Tourism Council office, (334) 738-8687, for tickets and information. Visit the Red Door Theatre’s website at www.reddoortheatre.org to learn more about upcoming events.

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