See New Photos of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Coal Country at The Public Theater

Production Photos   See New Photos of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Coal Country at The Public Theater
 
Detailing the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, and featuring music by Steve Earle, the new play with music premieres Off-Broadway.

Production photos have been released for The Public Theater's world premiere of Coal Country, a new play with music co-written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with music by Grammy winner Steve Earle. Opening night is set for March 3.

Coal Country is based on first-person accounts of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, which killed 29 men in 2010. Using the stories of survivors and the victims' families, as well as a folk-inspired timbre, the piece explores the power of love and greed against the backdrop of West Virginia.

Blank directs a cast made up of Mary Bacon as Patti, Amelia Campbell as Mindi, 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.

The production features sets by Richard Hoover, costumes by Jessica Jahn, lighting by David Lander, and sound design by Darron L. West.

Performances are currently scheduled through March 29.

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