San Francisco:”Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal”

posted by scott parkin

RAN’s Coal Campaign is bringing this theatrical production to San Francisco. If are in the Bay and can make, please do!

“Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal”
An original play by Jeff Biggers. Created by The Coal Free Future Project.

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.

WHAT:”Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal”;an original play by Jeff Biggers
WHERE:Cellspace; 2050 Bryant Street; San Francisco
WHEN:Saturday March 13th at 8pm & Sunday March 14th at 6pm (2 performances)
HOW MUCH:$15-$20 sliding scale;$10 for students
CONTACT:Scott;; 415-398-4404


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, “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.

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