Theatrical documentary play inspired by people of Coal River
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 member’s voices were taken from interviews collected by myself and Jen Osha 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 Davis and Elkins College Boiler House Studio Theatre April 20th-21st and 26th at 7pm with a preview show on April 16th at 5:00pm during the Sustainability Fair.
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
- Bill Raney: Bill King
- Safety Official: Spinner O'Flaherty
- Regina: Roxy Todd
- Definitions: Susan Krakoff