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Butcher Holler Here We Come

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Brooklyn arts collective Aztec Economy and The TankNYC present a drama set in 1970s West Virginia about five coal miners trapped in a cave collapse that forces them to examine their lives. More…

Following a cave collapse, five coal miners struggle to survive the dwindling supply of oxygen, the lack of food and water, the unraveling sense of passing time, and, even more threatening, their own competing natures. Brutally weaving through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, and fervent spirituality in this run-of-the-mill Appalachian community, 'Butcher Holler Here We Come' is a descent into the male psyche-in-crisis where secret desires, carnal urges, and hidden memories come boiling to the surface.


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July 26th, 2015
"In truth, it’s a little hard to follow and keep the characters straight. Blame writing that is too oblique for its own good and direction that favors volume and shock over clarity. By the end you understand in general terms what went on in the mine, but you wish you had the text to read. Still, ...
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July 29th, 2015
"This performance is the stage version of a thriller...Confusion surrounded parts of the plot for me, but I don't mind not understanding every detail. After awhile most connections revealed themselves and before they did I had the pleasure of watching some innovative staging paired with talented ...
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July 29th, 2015
"An emotionally dark yet stunning portrait of humanity in crisis...'Butcher Holler Here We Come' stomps and kicks and gasps its way through each one of these huge topics, swirling them around in a pitch dark stew, imploring us to hold on and pray for escape."
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July 26th, 2015
"It appears that in losing the standard tools of electrical power, especially stage lighting, Aztec Economy gained license for even more narrative iconoclasm than usual. A taste for the avant-garde may be needed to appreciate this dark concoction. It grew on me like a clammy mold in a dark, dank ...
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