Experience Local History Live at ArtSpace this Weekend

Falls Church Times Staff

June 9, 2010

If you’ve lived in Falls Church for any length of time, you’ve likely heard some of the history and stories of our Little City: George Washington worshiped at The Falls Church, both the Union and the Confederate armies came through during the Civil War, Woodrow Wilson campaigned here, Falls Church had the first rural chapter of the NAACP, or Brown’s Hardware is the oldest business in Falls Church.  But even if you are a student of Falls Church history, you have not heard all of the stories.  Or, you know some of the history as told through one perspective.

You can experience Falls Church’s history through another lens by attending one of the five performances of “Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black and White” this weekend, June 11 – 13, at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Avenue).  The professional cast will transport you to scenes and stories of Falls Church from the late 1700s through the 20th Century.

Using oral histories as well as original letters and documents, the script was developed over a year-long process of research and writing through funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Produced by Creative Cauldron in collaboration with the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, the play was written by Lisa Hill-Corley and Jennifer Goldsmith, with Project oversight provided by Oran Sandel, Nikki Graves and Edwin B Henderson.   Falls Church Arts members David Barr and Teddy Wiant worked with set designer Margie Jervis to create an environment that begins to transport you in time and perspective from the moment you enter ArtSpace.

This weekend’s performances are in conjunction with the Tinner Hill Blues Festival. Show times for “Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black and White” are Friday, 6/11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 6/12 at 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 6/13 at 4 & 7 p.m.

Free parking is available in the garage at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue, or one block away in the garage at 400 S. Maple Avenue.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors, and can be purchased online at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 571-239-5288.

Learn and “live” Falls Church’s history at “Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black and White.” You’ll come away with a new perspective and you’ll know the significant role of Brown’s Hardware store.  And for those of you who have ever asked “Who was Mary Ellen Henderson?” you will get the answer – live and “in person.”

June 9, 2010 


One Response to “Experience Local History Live at ArtSpace this Weekend”

  1. Lindy Hockenberry City of Falls Church on June 9th, 2010 2:18 pm

    Gina—great article! For all of you who call the City of Falls Church home, this is a “must see” about our city’s history and the people who lived that history. It is also a showcase for what the arts space at Pearson Square will become in the future. Add to this the opening of Pizzeria Orso and we’ve got some action on S. Maple! The play is very moving and brings to life names that we have heard—Joseph Tinner, Ollie Tinner (yes, both of Tinner Hil), Frederick Foote, E.B. Henderson, Mary Ellen Henderson, James Lee Center and much more. This is all done by professional actors except for two wonderful roles by local young people–Merone Gabra a first grader from Sleepy Hollow Elementary and Raheem Lawal an 11 year old from our very own Mary Ellen Henderson Middle
    School. With Raheem playing a 6th grader in Miss Nellie’s two room James Lee school and being a 6th grader at MEHMS, the circle of history seems complete.

    Not to be left out, this is all part of The Tinner Hill Blues Festival–A Tribute to John Jackson, June 10-13.Go on line at http://www.tinnerhill.org for all the great blues music coming to our Little City—bigger and better than ever!

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