From the show:
In 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia 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.
See it if you're interested in a theatrical docudrama of a preventable coal mining explosion, based on first person accounts of families and survivors
Don't see it if you are triggered by harrowing performances focusing on the power of unions, the explosion and the aftermath of grief and politics.
See it if You enjoy documentary and love Steve Earle. I knew he wrote the music, didn't know I'd practically be sitting on his lap!
Don't see it if you're not up for a downer (like country music story-telling kind of downer). You're the owner of a non-union mine.
See it if You know nothing about the mining disaster that the show is about or if you want a small Steve Earle concert (he plays live the whole show).
Don't see it if You've seen virtually any play or film about the lives of coal miners. It's just so bland and generic a show.
See it if you like long-form podcasts about true events with a personal touch - and - with good music accompaniment.
Don't see it if you're looking for something you didn't know or any surprising twists. There are the usual good guys and heinous villains. No surprise.