Thursday, April 21, 2011

In Elkins, a Documentary Theatre Project Explores the Lives of Individuals in a Community Facing Mountain Top Removal

Coal River written and directed by Becky Hill is an original documentary theatre project inspired by the people of Coal River Valley, West Virginia. The show focuses on a community in Southern West Virginia as they face Mountain Top Removal Mining. The language of this piece is formed from actual interviews, documents and speeches. The community members' voices were taken from interviews collected by Hill and Jen Osha, a former TMI instructor, within Raleigh and Boone County.

All performances are free of charge. Donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go Marsh Fork Community Association.


The show will be at the Boiler House Studio Theatre at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins April 20th-21st and 26th at 7pm.

The cast includes various Elkins community members ranging in age from 21 to 69 with music by Gerry Milnes.
The Cast is as follows:
Judy: Emily Yeager
Shannon: Craig Hyre
Ernie: Bill Talbot
Silvia: Jane Birdsong
Junior: Adam Williams
Rick: Matt Kupstas
Walker Cat Representative: Evan Burks
West Virginia Coal Association Representative: Bill King
Safety Official: Spinner O'Flaherty
Friends of Coal Women's Auxiliary Representative: Roxy Todd
Definitions: Susan Krakoff

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