Adelind Horan has tackled the subject of mountaintop removal in Appalachia and the effects it has on residents, scientists and other key players in the coal industry, and her one-woman show is complete with chocolate chip cookies and live banjo playing. Horan plays thirteen characters in her self-described “documentary play.” The portrayals are verbatim excerpts from her interviews that, oddly, make her ‘characters’ seem less real. Still, there are some wonderful turns of phrase that Horan lingers on.
As one Appalachian resident puts it, the logistics behind mountain top removal are akin to “going to the barber to get a trim” and getting your entire torso lopped off. See this play if this is an issue that is near and dear to you, and/or if you want a glimpse into how a part of history that is happening now – is razing an entire community’s sense of self.
Running Time: About an hour.
Cry of the Mountain, information and tickets.