Available Light Theatre presents
“Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal”
an original play by Jeff Biggers
created by The Coal Free Future Project
@ The Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Ave.
Saturday, February 6th, 8PM
Featuring Jeff Biggers, Ben Evans and Stephanie Pistello
Directed by Stephanie Pistello
Film projection by Ben Evans
Set, Light and Sound Design by Coal Free Future Project
ABOUT THE PLAY
Inspired by Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland, written by Project member Jeff Biggers, “Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal” is an original and groundbreaking multimedia production that brings a national audience into the frontlines of the coalfields and mountaintop removal issue today. The play draws from real-life experience and documentation, and seeks to recover forgotten history in our nation’s dark legacy of coal mining.
Based at the home of Marie and Hovie, a young couple living in the mountain holler of Eagle Creek, the play chronicles their attempts to come to grips with their conflicting fates, when their family’s 150-year-old homestead is threatened by a planned mountaintop removal operation.
With a backdrop of film montages and historically-based satirical faux-mercials by filmmaker/actor Ben Evans, and a sountrack of select songs by musician/songwriter Ben Sollee, “Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal” is a rare journey into the lives of those on the coalfield frontlines, and an entertaining, informative and illuminating theatrical production on the true cost of mountaintop removal and coal mining to our land and citizenry.
Read more and view the trailer: www.CoalFreeFutureProject.org
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Coal Free Future Project is theatre production company comprised of artists and activists who are dedicated to ending mountaintop removal, and inspiring Americans to begin to envision and create a roadmap for a coal free future in their communities. Current members are Jeff Biggers, Ben Evans, Heather Doyle, Christa Faulkner, Stephanie Pistello and Ben Sollee.
To inquire about joining the CFFP team, or if you are interested in bringing the show to your town, please contact us at CoalFreeFutureProject@gmail.com
*The Coal Free Future Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.*