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CSU, Stately Oaks debut Jonesboro-themed play

The history of Jonesboro is about to come alive on the theater stage at Clayton State University, in Morrow.

Officials with the university and Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., will premier a new play, entitled “Moonlight and Magnolias,” tonight. Subsequent performances of the play will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18.

All of the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Clayton State Theatre room, which is Room 132 of the university’s Arts and Sciences Building, on the school’s main campus, in Morrow. Admission is $5 per person.

Historical Jonesboro President Barbara Emert said Saturday’s performance is being dubbed “Jonesboro Night,” and the historical society is hoping for a large turnout from the city’s residents.

“This is a dream come true,” Emert said. “We’ve been talking about this for five, or six years, and it’s really going to happen this week.”

The play, which was commissioned by Historical Jonesboro, and written by Clayton State graduate Kalani Fraser, depicts Jonesboro’s history, beginning with the Battle of Jonesborough (as the town’s name was spelled at the time), according to a news release from the university. It will be performed by the Clayton State Theatre group.

Emert said the play is broken up into two acts, with eight scenes in each act that serve as “little snippets of true tales, and tall tales” from the city’s history.

She added that it is currently set up as a “workshop” performance, and attendees will be given comment cards to fill out when they arrive for the performance. Later, a final script will be written, using audience feedback, she said.

Call (770) 473-0197, for more information.