October 26-November 19 at the Dairy Arts Center
Opening Night: Friday, October 27
A Regional Premiere
The riveting stories of survivors of a West Virginia mine explosion interweave with the music and songs of Steve Earle in this critically acclaimed new work.
About the Play
“Coal Country” shares the riveting story of a small, West Virginia mining community moving through tragedy to make itself heard. Crafted from interviews of people who lived through the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion, this NY Times Critics’ Pick play by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank draws you into a world few have encountered and a power dynamic that is all too familiar.
Soul-stirring music by three-time Grammy Award-winner Steve Earle courses under, through, and alongside the words, and the result is…stunning.
Grace Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder
BETC follows CDC, federal, state, and local guidelines with regards to COVID safety. At this time, patrons will not be required to be masked or to show proof of vaccination at the theater.
If a performance is canceled due to COVID, ticketholders will be able to exchange, refund, or donate their ticket(s) to BETC through the Dairy Arts Center at 303-444-7328.
“Coal Country” runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission.
“Coal Country” contains adult language and content. BETC does not offer more specific advisories about the subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. However, we strongly recommend that children under 16 years of age not attend. If you have any questions about content or age-appropriateness, please call the BETC Office at 303-351-BETC.
Please note that we do not permit children under the age of six into the theater, and we do not permit babes-in-arms.
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. (Preview – tickets just $25!)
Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
We invite you to stay for post-show conversations with the production artists on Opening Night 10/27, and Sunday matinees 11/05, 11/12, 11/19!
Tickets & Discounts
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Single tickets are on sale through the Dairy Arts Center.
Students can get $15 tickets online or by phone (303-444-7328) for all performances except opening nights and closing weeks. Must show a valid student ID with a ticket at the theatre.
Arts and Cultural Industries
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Looking to purchase tickets to a show for a group of 10 or more? BETC offers generous discounts for groups of 10+. If you are seeking special group arrangements, please call us at 303-351-2382.
Purchase tickets for your group online
10-19 tickets: 10% off · 20-29 tickets: 20% off · 30+ tickets: 30% off
A standard order fee of 13% per ticket applies to all orders.
Once you have added more than 9 tickets to your cart, the appropriate discount will be applied at checkout. All tickets will be reserved under your account for you to pick up at will-call, or mailed to you in advance. Communications about pre-event information or cancellations will be sent to you, to be forwarded to your guests.
The People of “Coal Country”
Goose: Mark Collins
Patti: Anastasia Davidson*
Musician: Joe Jung**
Gary: Chris Kendall*
Roosevelt: Cajardo Lindsey**
Tommy: Jason Maxwell
Dr. Judy: Martha Harmon Pardee
Mindi: Lindsey Pierce*
Judge: Simone St. John
Artistic and Production Team
Director: Jessica Robblee
Producing Director: Mark Ragan
Music Director: Joe Jung**
Stage Manager: Wessie Simmons
Asst. Stage Manager: Rowan Livengood
Set Designer: Tina Anderson*
Sound Designer: Jason Ducat
Lighting Designer: Erin Thibodaux
Costume Designer: Sarah Zinn
*Member of BETC’s Artistic Ensemble
** Appearing through an Agreement between Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
“Coal Country” Supporters
Season Production Sponsor: Karen Steward Memorial Fund
Production Partner: Diana & Mike Kinsey
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