Release Date: November 6, 2007
New play brings coal mining "Out of the Dark"
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies will present the original production, "Out of the Dark," in the Studio Theater of the Joe Mack Wilson Building, Nov. 13-18.
Adapted and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Hannah Blevins Harvey, the performance is based on Harvey's years of ethnographic research in a coal mining community in western Virginia. This multimedia performance unearths the humorous, powerful and poignant stories of miners and their families. Audiences will travel to the depths of the earth through these tales of rough-and-tumble work, pride of home and loss.
Harvey interviewed more than 20 coal miners in the St. Charles area before penning an earlier version of the play, which was produced at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. That production won the awards for best new play, best production and best actors from “Independent Magazine.”
Harvey then expanded her research by interviewing the wives of coal miners and incorporating their views into a new version, which will be premiered at Kennesaw State.
“I want the audience to have a respect and understanding that every time you turn on a light, you’re able to do it because there is someone digging in a hole,” Harvey said. “But, these coal miners are struggling with their health and struggling to pay for their own lights.”
Audiences should be advised that this production authentically recreates a coalmine, complete with coal dust and debris; audience members or their clothes may be soiled.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and may be ordered online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts. Call the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 for more information.
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