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Original play takes viewers on 'Sojourn in Jonesborough'

March 20th, 2014 3:35 pm by Entertainment Staff

Original play takes viewers on 'Sojourn in Jonesborough'

It's 1856, and Annette Broadacre and her family are on a journey south for the winter. When they reach the small town of Jonesborough, the women of the family elect to stay behind, while the men continue on to Roan Mountain.

But what can Jonesborough possibly have to offer a young woman who's accustomed to much larger cities? Will the town win her over and change her perceptions? And what kind of gossip, legends and stories will she pick up on the streets of Tennessee's oldest town?

Find out in "A Sojourn in Jonesborough," an original play from the Heritage Alliance, which will debut March 27 at the International Storytelling Center. Curtains up is 7 p.m. The one-woman play, written and performed by Anne G'Fellers-Mason, will be followed by refreshments, music and a talk-back session with the playwright.

Tickets are $10 per person, and proceeds will help further the mission of the Heritage Alliance.

"A Sojourn in Jonesborough" is based on a serial story that ran in Harper's New Monthly Magazine from 1857 to 1858. An enjoyable mix of humor and fact, the piece has received rave reviews from its past performances, but this will be the play's premiere event for the larger public.

Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by phone at (423) 753-9580 or by email at and in person at the Heritage Alliance office at 212 E. Sabin Drive, Jonesborough.

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of the region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. More information can be found online at

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