Measured in Labor: The Coal Creek Project

A year-and-a-half in the making, The Coal Creek Project has had its public debut, resulting in copious tears, a few laughs and many congratulations. The play has been a labor of love and a major collaboration of talented East Tennesseans: It’s written by Alan Gratz with music by Sarah Pirkle and Jeff Barbra, and developed by the Actors Co-op led by director Kara Kemp. The plot chronicles the long, dreadful days following the Fraterville Mine Disaster of 1902, a mine explosion that killed more than 200 men, almost every adult male in town. The living are left to wait, to grieve and to move on. The story is theirs: the devastated young bride; the stalwart mother who loses four sons; the wife of the dead mine boss who goes mad. The cast, fully supporting the nuances of the text, achieves superb feats of emotional depth, quiet moments of painful revelation and tentative steps toward recovery. Devastating, beautiful, and a brilliant achievement. (Paige M. Travis)

Measured in Labor: The Coal Creek Project • Thursday thru Saturday, thru May 15, 8 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • $12 general admission, $8 students and seniors; all tickets $5 on Thursdays • Email  or call 909-9300 for reservations.

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