New Original Production Life Lines Has World Premiere at McKinney Center

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JONESBOROUGH, TN – The McKinney Center’s StoryTown program will present a new play, “Life Lines,” Feb. 28-March 8 at the McKinney Center.

Written and directed by Jules Corriere, “Life Lines” is based on more than a thousand pages of oral story transcripts collected from area residents. Real characters and moments in local history take the stage as this moving play explores how to keep a community together, as outside forces and influences work to pull them apart. More than 45 actors from across the region will portray these true stories.

This will be the third in the series of community plays presented by the McKinney Center.

Several original songs will be part of this production. Heather McCluskey returns to compose the rousing title song, “Life Lines,” the moving song, “Carry it Forward,” and the uplifting number, “This Town Never Gives Up.” Several soloists will be featured in the performance, to include Ashley Cavender and Sydney Townsend. Additionally, Brett McCluskey has created a musical underscoring and serves as the accompanist and music director.

E.C. Huff is the assistant director; costume design is by Dana Kehs, Doniqua Joyner and David Kehs; lighting design is by Wayne Lawrence, sound engineering by Jared Christian, stage managing by Angie Millan, and technical directing by Jason Richards.

A sign interpreter will be available for one performance on February 29th at 2:00 p.m. for the hearing impaired.

Tickets for Life Lines are $12 general admission, $10 senior/student.

The play opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and runs 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29; 2 p.m. March 1; 7:30 p.m. March 6; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 2 p.m. March 8.

For tickets, visit www.jonesborough.com/lifelines or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

This play is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.