Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's docu-play, with music by Steve Earle, looks at the aftermath of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion.
The Public Theater celebrated the official opening of Coal Country, a new docu-play with music about West Virginia's deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, on March 3. Based on first-person accounts of the tragedy, the world premiere weaves folk-inspired songs with stories from survivors and members of the community.
Coal Country is co-written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with music by Grammy winner Steve Earle. Blank directs a cast made up of Mary Bacon, Amelia Campbell, Michael Gaston, Ezra Knight, Thomas Kopache, Michael Laurence, Deirdre Madigan, and Melinda Tanner.
Read reviews for the Off-Broadway production, extended through April 5, below.