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.
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.