JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – “The Long Trip Home,” a new play from Jonesborough’s StoryTown Initiative, is set to open Feb. 22 and run through March 3 at the McKinney Center.
Based on the extraordinary stories of ordinary people from the Washington County community, this play follows the 2018 performance of “I Am Home” filled with vignettes about memorable characters from the community.
Performed by a cast of over 40 actors or all ages, the theme of the play explores the bumps in the road each of the characters faced and overcame on their journey to finding a place for themselves. These include tales from John Russaw, the first black football player at East Tennessee State University; Louise Crowe and her son Rusty, who would grow up to become a state senator; John and Dava Lee Russell, whose journey took them to Cape Canaveral where John created the launch command module for the Apollo space missions; Kitty and Eddie Stanley, who headed up the Family Promise program; Katelyn Yarbrough of the Eureka Inn among others.
The stories were collected by members of a team of trained interviewers, known as the StoryTown Brigade. Once transcribed, playwright Jules Corriere read over 1,000 pages of the collected stories, and wrote the play using those that connected thematically.
“The Long Trip Home” is directed by Jules Corriere and Brittany Whitson with sets designed by Carol Huie, choreography by Jessica Shelton and original music by and songs by Heather McCluskey and Brett McCluskey. Costumes are by Dana Kehs.
Tickets are $14 ($12 for seniors and students) and are available by calling the Visitor Center at 423-753-1010 or at www.mckinneycenter.com/longtriphome.
Photo credit: Whitney Williams
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