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We Did it Together Community Play
June 5, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 11, 2022
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until June 12, 2022
We Did It Together is the new original StoryTown community play which will have its premier at the McKinney Center on June 3 at 7:30 PM.
Set in the mid-twentieth century in Jonesborough, Tennessee, We Did It Together weaves compelling true-life stories in a new original play with show-stopping music and dance. The play focuses on ordinary people of this small community who accomplish remarkable feats as they are caught in extraordinary times. Teenage girls called to serve in the Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII; a doctor and his family in Cuba forced to flee as Castro’s rebel’s take over, leading them to find freedom in Northeast Tennessee; the election of Ernest McKinney, the first African American Alderman to serve in Jonesborough; a historic home filled with otherworldly guests, and the famous Rambo cattle drive on Greenwood Drive and Spring Street. We Did It Together explores the ways that the families and neighborhoods in this small Appalachian community have come together to accomplish great things.
This play is the fourth in a series of original community plays at the McKinney Center written by playwright Jules Corriere, who this month won and placed in eight international film festivals, including taking first place at the Hollywood Just 4 Shorts Screenplay Competition and is a finalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. Her winning screenplay mirrors the style of We Did It Together, which celebrates the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
Joining Corriere on the production are the original creative team members who directed, composed, and choreographed Jonesborough’s first community play, I Am Home, in 2011. Director Richard Owen Geer, composer Heather McCluskey, music director and accompanist Brett McCluskey, and choreographer Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Dance Company in Chicago, joined by local set designer J.J.Jeffers will bring this exciting play to life.
The cast is large, and reflective of Jonesborough’s community. Nearly forty actors have come together to create this production, many of whom are playing their own friends and relatives, including Ernest (Buttons) McKinney, Jr. whose parents are both featured as characters in the play. Other cast members are familiar faces to the area’s theater scene, including Sabra Hayden, Stefanie Murphy, Ubinibi-Afia Short, Mika Hoilman, and thirty more gifted actors and singers in this ensemble cast which showcases the great talent this region is known for.
Tickets for We Did It Together are on sale now and available by calling the Historic Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or online at Jonesborough.com/tickets. General Admission tickets are $17 and Senior/Student tickets are $13. There are also group rates of $13. This production is sponsored by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and is part of the McKinney Center’s StoryTown Program.
Dates and times for the production are June 3-7:30, June 4-2:00 & 7:30, June 5-2:00, June 10-7:30, June 11: 2:00 & 7:30, June 12-2:00.