Coal Country

Coal Country

The Public Theater continues its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with the world premiere of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Coal Country, directed by Ms. Blank and featuring original music by Steve Earle.

Performances are staged at the Public's Anspacher Theater.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
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About Coal Country:

In 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine explosion killed 29 men, and tore a hole in the lives of countless others. In this riveting, emotionally stunning new work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members, Coal Country digs deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history. This haunting world premiere gives voice to those yet unheard and shines a piercing light on the deadly forces of greed and the enduring power of love.

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
The Public Theater
Jessica Blank
David Lander
Darron L West
Richard Hoover
Jessica Jahn
Cast list:
Mary Bacon (as Patti), Amelia Campbell (as Mindy), Michael Gaston (as Stanley “Goose”), Ezra Knight (as Roosevelt), Thomas Kopache (as Gary), Michael Laurence (as Tommy), Deirdre Madigan (as Judy), and Melinda Tanner (as Judge)
Other info:
Original Music by Steve Earle
Coal Country Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
February 18, 2020
Opening date: 
March 3, 2020
March 11, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Nearest subway station:
Astor Place Station

Latest Coal Country News & Features

Steve Earle in Coal Country
Coal Country extends limited run at the Public Theater
March 3, 2020

Ahead of tonight's official opening of the world premiere of Coal Country, the Public Theater has announced a 1-week extension. Coal Country began previews at the Public's Anspacher Theater on February 18, 2020 and will now run through April 5, 2020 (instead of March 29). Coal Country is written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with original music by Steve Earle, and directed by Ms. Blank.

Our Coal Country Review

Twenty-nine small lights hang above the Public Theater’s Anspacher stage, one for each victim of the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. The absence of these sons, fathers and brothers brought heartbreak to the town of Montcoal, West Virginia and that grief is palpable in the beautifully rendered, impeccably cast production of Coal Country, a documentary-style chronicle of the worst U.S.