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Popular historical drama to be presented in restored Tallassee theatre

A popular-and-acclaimed drama chronicling the days of the Muscogee Creek nation along the eastern edge of the River Region  is slated to be presented once again in Tallassee, and this time around, the play will be staged in that town’s historic Mt. Vernon Theatre, with three performances slated for November 1, 2, and 3.

“…and One Fire Still Burns” recounts the 1811 visit of Shawnee warrior Tecumseh to the Muscogee Creek capital of Tuckabatchee, which was located just south of modern-day Tallassee. It is a production of the Friends of Tuckabatchee, a non-profit organization that has produced other local plays.

The original version of the drama, which debuted in 2011, had been staged outdoors at the historic Patterson Cabin in east Tallassee. While that setting was unique and appropriate, the opportunity to present the production at another local landmark—without having to be concerned about possible inclement weather—is a unique prospect.

What’s more, the upcoming performances won’t be the first time the presentation has been staged indoors.

In 2014, several hundred Muscogee Creek tribe members from Oklahoma visited east central Alabama to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. The play was originally scheduled to be presented at the site of the battle, but a storm front forced the producers and cast to move the performance to the Tallassee High School auditorium.

“I was concerned about how (tribe members) would feel about being shown their own heritage by modern-day Tallassee residents,” said director Jeanna Kervin, “but they loved it. That performance also showed us that we could do it indoors.”

“The Muscogee have confirmed that what we are doing is authentic and historically correct,” added Liz Britt, president of the Friends of Tuckabatchee.

Revisions to “…and One Fire Still Burns” will include a Native dance performed by Cherokee nation member Jack Crawford of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Nov. 1 performance will be presented for students from area schools.

The play has also been designated as an authorized 2019 event by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

“We want to preserve and educate,” Kervin summarized. “We take pride in the fact that we present the history on our soil as historically accurate as possible.”