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A powerful world premiere musical revisits recent U.S. history.
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About Coal Country

Two years after the forced closure of the world premiere of Coal Country at The Public Theater, the musical returns for a six-week engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre, produced by Audible Theater. Coal Country tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

The Coal Country musical is set in West Virginia, just after the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine in the state's Raleigh County. On Apr. 5, 2010, a coal dust explosion killed 29 of the 31 miners inside the mine at the time. Some time later, an independent investigation would find Massey Energy, the company that owned the mine, responsible for the explosion after multiple safety violations were uncovered. But in the time between the explosion and the release of investigation results, West Virginia residents mourned their lost loved ones, found ways to keep going, and clamored for justice. Coal Country focuses on the middle period, and is developed from interviews with the families of the deceased miners as well as the two that survived.

Coal Country is by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. The wife-and-husband duo first achieved Off-Broadway success with The Exonerated. Similar to Coal Country, The Exonerated is a docudrama based on interviews, in that case with more than 40 people who were set free after being on death row. The Exonerated received numerous accolades and has toured all across the world.

The first production of Coal Country off Broadway in 2020 also received critical acclaim upon premiering in 2020; the New York Theatre Guide review called the show "at times as elemental as fire and air, and as all-consuming as the explosion itself." Shortly after opening, however, the production was forced to shut down amid the pandemic. In 2021, Audible Theater produced Coal Country as an audio play so anyone could listen worldwide and is now mounting the new engagement, which begins performances exactly two years after being shut down. The Coal Country story is set to an original score by Steve Earle, and is directed by Jessica Blank.

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Run time

90 Mins

Start date

March 4th, 2022

End date

April 17th, 2022

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99 Reviews

Bruce 6

Bruce 6

779 Reviews | 333 Followers
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Through combo of actors acting out words of survivors & the music of steve earl, bears witness to the devastation of the 2010 west virginia upper big branch coal mine explosion

See it if punch to gut; captures ethos of mining community & sense of loss/anger after explosion; fine cast; Earl's folk tunes provide authenticity

Don’t see it if never reaches potential as rallying cry vs corp greed; doesn't build 2 dramatic moments; music too unvaried 2 heighten emotional impact

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

615 Reviews | 286 Followers
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Great singing, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if An authentic play featuring music from SteveEarle is abt theWVmine explosion of 2010,told by miners who survived&fam members o thosewhodidnt

Don’t see it if you expect a musical although Earle's mesmerizing songs-like most of the Appalachian tradition-underline the plays themes of exploitation*

JoeyFranko

JoeyFranko

1222 Reviews | 486 Followers
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Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You like docu-dramas. This real life event, told with exquisite story and song is emotional and informative, entertaining and moving.

Don’t see it if You’re looking for a big splashy musical or a show with a traditional story arc. This is done with very little set, just good story telling.

DOUG Rob NYC

DOUG Rob NYC

771 Reviews | 424 Followers
90
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A serious drama about a tragedy in coal region of West Virginia and the impact to many families. Powerful direction, acting with music.

Don’t see it if You want a light evening of music & dancing, this is not your kind of play.

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Venue

38 Commerce St., New York, NY, USA, 10014

Accessibility

Wheelchair access, restrooms

More information about Coal Country

Audible Theater is proud to present The Public Theater's critically acclaimed, "gorgeously authentic" (Time Out New York) production of COAL COUNTRY, back by popular demand for a limited engagement.

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, the creative minds behind the award-winning docudrama The Exonerated, bring their signature style to this strikingly innovative New York Times Critic’s Pick that delves into the aftermath of the West Virginia mine explosion of 2010, highlighting the indomitable resilience of an American community on a quest for justice.

Featuring the musical talents of three-time Grammy Award® winner Steve Earle, COAL COUNTRY powerfully combines the country/folk legend's "soaring emotional heft and superbly evocative string-picking" (The Hollywood Reporter) with actual first-person accounts from survivors and family members, immortalizing their stories of survival in this soulful yet resolute tribute.

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