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Coal Country - 2020 - New York

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, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers of The Exonerated, and three-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle, dig deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.

Jessica Blank directs this haunting world premiere that gives voice to those yet unheard, and shines a piercing light on the deadly forces of greed and the enduring power of love.

Schedule

Public Theater [Anspacher Theater]

(New York, NY)
425 Lafayette Street


 

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by Julie Musbach - Sep 9, 2019
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces the recipients of the second round of the 2019 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $583,000, allow 15 productions extra time for the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, hoping to extend the life of the world premiere play after its first run. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017
Get all the scoop on VICE on HBO, airing today, September 15, 2017!
by Benjamin Tomchik - Oct 19, 2018
Audiences familiar with Signature Theatre know that it is not uncommon for Matthew Gardiner to wear dual hats as both a musical's director and choreographer. However, having dual actors tackle the lead role brings its own set of unique challenges.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2020
Backstage will host a two-hour panel discussion, Creatives in Conversation: Anti-Black Racism in Casting, on Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m. ET.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 7, 2020
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, November 7-8, 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2020
Barrington Stage Company has announced the 2020 Associate Artists – lighting designer David Lander, director/choreographer Jeffrey Page and actress Alysha Umphress. The Associate Artists program’s honorees include choreographer Joshua Bergasse, director Joe Calarco, costume designer Jen Caprio, and more.
by Julie Musbach - Nov 15, 2018
The New York Philharmonic will present New York Stories: Threads of Our City, January 14-27, 2019, two weeks of concerts and events examining New York City's roots as a city of immigrants. It will center on the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, which reflects on the New York garment industry at the turn of the 20th century and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young immigrants. New York Stories: Threads of Our City will also feature a program of new chamber music by composers influenced by their time in America; a special guided tour of the Tenement Museum featuring Philharmonic musicians; an archival exhibit featuring materials from the New York Philharmonic Archives, The Forward, the Museum of the City of New York, and the National Archives at New York City; and a free Insights at the Atrium event.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 7, 2021
Christina Franklin has been training and working in New York's theater scene since she was eight years old — starting out in the rehearsal studios of TADA! Youth Theater (whose notable alumni include Kerry Washington and Jordan Peele) and taking her gift for storytelling all the way to Broadway. Irvington Theater will bring Franklin's newest play, Cleanse, to virtual audiences from May 21-23.
by Movies News Desk - May 19, 2017
On Thursday, May 25, DALE SOULES will participate in a Q & A panel for the International Filmmaker Project's screening of AWOL at the Made In NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY at 7:00 PM. 
by Michael Dale - Mar 5, 2020
It seems every four years, as political primaries come upon us, Americans start thinking more about those far off people in drastically different communities we share this country with. If New Yorkers have had many thoughts about the coal industry recently, they probably had to do with President Trump's vocal support of it in the face of cleaner options.
by Linda Lenzi - Mar 4, 2020
COAL COUNTRY, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle and direction by Jessica Blank, just celebrated opening night at the Public Theater.
by Review Roundups - Mar 4, 2020
COAL COUNTRY will run at The Public Theater through Sunday, March 29. COAL COUNTRY is written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle and direction by Jessica Blank.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 3, 2020
The world premiere play COAL COUNTRY has been extended by one week, and it will now run through Sunday, April 5. Directed by Jessica Blank, COAL COUNTRY is written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle. 
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 3, 2020
Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Vivian Howard, who previously hosted the award-winning series A CHEF'S LIFE, returns to PBS in a new six-part series, SOMEWHERE SOUTH. A culinary tour exploring the dishes that are uniting cultures and creating new traditions across the American South, SOMEWHERE SOUTH premieres Fridays, March 27-May 1, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
by Macon Prickett - Mar 20, 2018
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ellen Starski is set to release her solo debut album, The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants, on May 11, 2018.  On the collection, which was written over the course of 12 years, Starski explores  both her homeland and herself, traveling from the coal country of rural Pennsylvania to the roots-music hotbed of Nashville, Tennessee, and creating a soundtrack to that period of self-discovery. The album is autobiographical and rooted in a lush mix of indie-folk, orchestral Americana, and organic pop. 
by Alan Henry - Mar 13, 2020
Which productions are currently running, cancelled, and postponed in NYC? We've got a comprehensive list of all the changes.
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2020
The Public Theater presents the world premiere COAL COUNTRY, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle and direction by Jessica Blank. This new work began performances in the Anspacher Theater with an official press opening on Tuesday, March 3.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 9, 2020
Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, has announced the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community.
by Julie Musbach - Jun 7, 2018
Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit charity dedicated to installing and permanently maintaining 88 public pianos throughout the Atlanta area, announced today its newest piano will be unveiled outside Grange Hall at Serenbe on Saturday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m.  Play Me Again Pianos invites the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the piano named "Ida." The event will feature a brief performance from Serenbe community members, after which Ida will be available for everyone to play and enjoy.
by Julie Musbach - Jun 6, 2019
Public Theater announced the line-up today for The Public's 2019-20 Season 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017
Me The People: The Trump America Musical, a new musical revue with a book and lyrics by Nancy Holson (Bush Wars, The News in Revue on PBS - 5 Emmy Awards, Ludwig Live!) and directed and choreographed by Jay Falzone (Bush Wars, Cooking with the Calamari Sisters), will play at The Triad (158 W. 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), it was announced today by producer Jim Russek. The open-ended engagement begins June 22. Opening night is June 29. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2020
The Public Theater announced the world premiere of THE LINE, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and directed by Blank, to debut on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017
Me The People: The Trump America Musical, a new musical revue with a book and lyrics by Nancy Holson (Bush Wars, The News in Revue on PBS - 5 Emmy Awards, Ludwig Live!) and directed and choreographed by Jay Falzone (Bush Wars, Cooking with the Calamari Sisters), will play at The Triad (158 W. 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), it was announced today by producer Jim Russek. The open-ended engagement began June 22. Opening night is tonight, June 29. BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 26, 2017
In the wake of President Trump's controversial decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and its imminent consequences on climate change, National Geographic Documentary Films announced today it would make the highly acclaimed coal documentary FROM THE ASHES available for free across several streaming and video on demand platforms.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 2, 2021
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand play reading of the comedy, “The Savannah Disputation,” filmed on the Playhouse stage and broadcast virtually, premiering Monday, June 14, at 7 p.m., and streaming on-demand from Tuesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 20.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 19, 2020
Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, will present the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 13, 2020
Tune in right here at 7:30pm to watch The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and check back for a full list of winners, updating live!
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 8, 2020
The Public Theater will present the world premiere of THE LINE, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and directed by Blank, to debut tonight, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The live-streamed play, brings first-person stories of New York City's first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic to the digital stage.
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 6, 2020
On July 8 (7:30pm) The Public Theater will present the world premiere of THE LINE, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and directed by Blank . The live-streamed play, bringing first-person stories of New York City's first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic to the digital stage, was commissioned by The Public Theater and written specifically for the digital sphere.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 22, 2020
The world premiere play THE LINE, which premiered live on July 8, has been extended an additional four weeks for on demand streaming through Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59pm est on The Public's YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2017
REEL SOUTH, the public television series spotlighting documentary films steeped in Southern flavor, will return with an expanded season and a new host -- platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 4, 2021
Today, Steve Earle & The Dukes have released J.T. This marks Steve’s 20th studio album, and is a tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle, who would have turned 39 years old today.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 21, 2020
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today the spring Public Forum and Public Shakespeare Initiative line-up that will explore the intersection of art, ideas, and action and illuminate the study and performance of Shakespeare's works.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 14, 2019
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce programming for the 2019 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Opening on April 4 and running through April 28, 2019, the festival will take place at venues in the Dallas Arts District and throughout the city. Tickets for SOLUNA events go on sale on January 18, 2019, at mydso.com/soluna.
by Macon Prickett - Feb 26, 2018
EPIX, an MGM company, today announced that Gretchen Carlson, acclaimed journalist and empowerment advocate, Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jussie Smollett (Empire) and Martin Sensmeier (Westworld) have been named as the new correspondents for the second season of the critically-acclaimed documentary series America Divided. Gretchen Carlson and Jussie Smollett have also signed on as executive producers, alongside Norman Lear who is returning for his second season. The four-part series will premiere on EPIX later this year and is set to explore the most provocative news headlines and cultural topics in recent months.
by Tori Hartshorn - Feb 26, 2018
EPIX, an MGM company, today announced that Gretchen Carlson, acclaimed journalist and empowerment advocate, Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jussie Smollett (Empire) and Martin Sensmeier (Westworld) have been named as the new correspondents for the second season of the critically-acclaimed documentary series America Divided. Gretchen Carlson and Jussie Smollett have also signed on as executive producers, alongside Norman Lear who is returning for his second season. The four-part series will premiere on EPIX later this year and is set to explore the most provocative news headlines and cultural topics in recent months.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2020
COAL COUNTRY will run at The Public Theaterthrough Sunday, March 29, with an official press opening on Tuesday, March 3.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 23, 2021
Urban Stages has announced Urban Stages' Women's Month selection, Eleanor and Alice by Ellen Abrams, performed as a radio play. The radio play will premiere on March 18 at 7:30 pm with a premiere night benefit exclusive to ticket holders.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2020
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) will begin performances for the world premiere of the new play COAL COUNTRY, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle, on Tuesday, February 18 with a Joseph Papp Free Preview performance in the Anspacher Theater. Directed by Jessica Blank, this riveting new work will run through Sunday, March 29, with an official press opening on Tuesday, March 3.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES has announced that the virtual benefit reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Theresa Rebeck & Erin Daley and directed by Theresa Rebeck will now take place on Friday December 18, 2020 at 8pm ET.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 2, 2020
Today's top stories: Read the reviews for The Prom, get a first look at Samantha Barks in the West End production of Frozen, Matthew Morrison in The Grinch Musical, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 10, 2019
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the world premiere of the new play COAL COUNTRY, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle. Directed by Jessica Blank, this riveting new work will begin performances in the Anspacher Theater with a Joseph Papp Free Preview performance on Tuesday, February 18. COAL COUNTRY will run through Sunday, March 29, with an official press opening on Tuesday, March 3.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2020
PRIMARY STAGES will present a virtual benefit reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Theresa Rebeck & Erin Daley and directed by Theresa Rebeck on Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 8pm ET.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 28, 2020
Bituminous Press has announced the completion of the latest book by author Gerry Stanek, scheduled to be published on August 29, 2020. At once humorous and heartfelt, 'Loud and Sure of Myself' is a rambling and luminous childhood journey through a simpler time - the 1970s - and a loving look at a place they once called Coal Country.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 27, 2020
Play-PerView has announced its lineup of production coming in September! This month's lineup begins with Seneca Falls on September 12, followed by Sugar in Our Wounds on September 19, and Hamlet in Bed on September 26.
by Macon Prickett - Apr 25, 2018
MTV is utilizing monster hit 'Jersey Shore Family Vacation' to launch new series and expand on its thriving Thursday night block. First up was 'Ex on the Beach' which debuted out of 'JSFV' last week and proved the strategy is working. It was MTV's highest rated non 'Jersey Shore' unscripted series launch in over four years, +282% from the time period average, and +174% from MTV's new series average. The powerhouse combination of 'JSFV' and 'Ex on the Beach' secured MTV's position as the #1 network across broadcast and cable on Thursdays in primetime among P18-34.
by Tori Hartshorn - Apr 25, 2018
MTV Greenlights Four New Series to Expand Thursday Night Block
by Julie Musbach - Apr 23, 2018
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) announced today further selections for 2018 NYMF. The final invited production as well as a series of developmental readings and concerts will join the initially announced Next Link Projects. Now in its fifteenth year, the 2018 Festival will take place July 9th through August 5th at locations on West 42nd St. in New York City. Dan Markley serves as NYMF Executive Director and Rachel Sussman serves as Producing Artistic Director.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 21, 2020
The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards has partnered with 'Stars in the House' to live stream this year's Nominations. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the hosts of the virtual daily series benefiting the Actors Fund, will announce the nominees.
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 13, 2017
On the heels of President Trump's executive order to undo Clean Power Plan regulations, National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe announced today the acquisition of FROM THE ASHES, a compelling feature documentary that explores one of the country's most contentious topics - coal and the mining industry.