2012 United Solo

Cry of the MountianCry of the Mountain at the 2012 United Solo Festival

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Conceived and Performed by Adelind Horan, Virginia

Sun., Oct. 14 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.)

drama, comedy, storytelling, documentary

One performer, twelve characters, and a banjo. Verbatim stories about mountaintop removal, gathered from interviews conducted by the actor in the mountains of Appalachia. Coal miners, mining executives, artists, hillbillies, scholars, and activists reflect on the coal industry’s best-kept secret. “‘Cry of the Mountain’ balances entertainment with an environmentalist message thanks to a nuanced script and outstanding delivery.” – Georgetown Voice. (Best of the Capital Fringe 2011). Director: Ray Nedzel. Accompanied by Bud Branch. Photo by Jeremy Felson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, social/environmental activists. Links: artist, show, video, related, related2.

2012 United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, presents one hundred solo productions! All shows are staged at Theatre ROW: 410 West 42nd Street, New York City. TICKETS, with a price of $18, are available at the Theatre ROW Box Office and online through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com. You may also call Telecharge at 212-239-6200. When placing your reservation, please provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), the name of THEATRE (Theatre ROW – The Studio Theatre), and the specific DAY and TIME of SHOW you would like to see.

Cry of the Mountain in Greenbelt

Reel & Meal at the New Deal Café – Greenbelt

A free monthly series exploring vital social justice, environmental and anmimal rights issues

September 17, 2012

New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Cry of the Mountain

a documentary play from Appalachia about the people who live with MountainTop Removal

One woman, 13 characters and a banjo. Real stories from America’s coal fields. Verbatim. Coal miners, mining executives, mountaineers, hillbillies and protesters. Bluegrass music and cookies at every show.

Mountaintop removal is blowing up the mountain to get the coal underneath. ‘It’s like going to the barber for a hair cut, and having him cut off your head, shoulders and chest.’

  • ‘It’s like Anna Deavere Smith … with a banjo’ (NPR)
  • ‘Adelind Horan is a fantastic talent!’ (Daily Progress)
  • ‘Comparisons to the early stage work John Leguizamo are inevitable’ (C-ville Weekly).

This is wonderful, simple, powerful and true piece of theatre/performance art, in which Adelind portrays those involved with and affected by Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia. The characters are performed verbatim from interviews conducted last summer while volunteering with coal related clean up in West Virginia and Kentucky. Miners, mining executives, mountaineers, environmentalists, scientists, hillbillies and protesters.

Dirty Barbie: Happy Preview Day One

Ray says… Good day one preview.

Well, we were working the Royal Mile, papering the house a bit, when we got a phone call from the Press Office that the Scotsman (the top newspaper in Scotland) wanted to send a reviewer today.  Dee and I thought we should say yes, even though we hadn’t had time for a run in tech (long repair on damaged projector — damn you Air France.)

At bottom of page, another delightful surprise.  (fringe top tips)

And the show when great.  Dee Dee was a pro from day one.  And we were just over half full, including a man who graduated from UVA some 25 years ago (and his family).  So here’s a bit of the excitement after a successful, out of the gates running, first preview:

Oh, so and then, someone on the street tells us that Dirty Barbie was a top pick of the Daily Record — maybe the top pick. Read the article here:

So, see it was a good day.