Monday, August 2, 2010
RICKMAN'S STORE AND THEATER THAN CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE!
Folks, what you are looking at is the interior of Rickman's Store, which is a century-old country store in Macon County, N. C. that has been preserved by the Tennessee Conservancy. Everything in the store is much as it was almost a century ago when the local residents bought everything from clothes, food, hardware and candy here. Last Saturday, it was the site of the play, "Prince of Dark Corners." Rickman's Store managers simply carried in chairs, covered the windows and left Steve Brady and his able assistants (his son and daughter) to work their magic. By turn, Rickman's Store became a jail cell in Asheville and the front porch of Lewis Redmond's home in 1906. I am an advocate for this kind of grassroots theater. I guess it is theater reduced to its simplest form: an empty space and a character-driven story of an Appalachian outlaw. (Please click on the photo!)