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Coal Country


Anspacher Theater
February 18 - March 29, 2020

World Premiere
Written by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen 
Original Music by Steve Earle
Directed by Jessica Blank


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.

Anspacher Theater
February 18 - March 29, 2020


COAL COUNTRY is currently in pre-production, but is expected to run 90 minutes with no intermission. Please check back closer to your performance for details about run time and production values which may effect some patrons ability to attend a performance. If you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

Additional support for COAL COUNTRY provided by an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.


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Jessica Blank
Playwright & Director
Erik Jensen
Steve Earle
Richard Hoover
Scenic Design
Jessica Jahn
Costume Design
David Lander
Lighting Design
Darron L West
Sound Design
Janelle Caso
Production Stage Manager
Rachel Zucker
Assistant Stage Manager