Thursday, June 29, 2006

Blue Jacket, the outdoor drama

One of the most entertaining evenings we have ever spent was watching the outdoor drama, "Blue Jacket". 

Located on the outskirts of Xenia, Ohio, "Blue Jacket" is performed in an outdoor amphitheater by a cast of over 40 people.  The play details the life of the Shawnee chief, Blue Jacket, and the Shawnee's struggles against the ever-increasing flood of settlers moving west and taking over the Ohio Valley and the Shawnee people's land.  It has long been held that Blue Jacket was a white man who was captured as a teenager and who eventually became a warrior with the tribe, but that legend has since been disproved.

Set in the late 1800s, the play explores the Shawnee's love of the land, their lifestyle and their attempts to repel the influx of white settlers.  The Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware and Miami tribes defeated American troops led by General Arthur St. Clair at Fort Recovery, Ohio but were later defeated themselves by General "Mad Anthony" Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers near Greenville, Ohio.

This year "Blue Jacket" celebrates its 25th year of existence.  It is a well-written and well-performed play with lots of action and excitement for both young and old.  They also have a pavilion where they serve a family style meal before the show for a very reasonable price.  We highly recommend seeing this drama if you're anywhere close to the Xenia area while visiting Ohio. 

Click here for a link to the Blue Jacket website for pricing and driving directions and more information.

1 comment:

Simply Coll said...

I love to watch outdoor plays. This one sounds especially good.

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