‘Marcellus Shale’ opens Friday at Alban Arts Center

By Staff reports
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“Marcellus Shale” opens this weekend at the Alban Arts Center.

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., the Alban Arts Center will present “Marcellus Shale.”

The play with music is produced in partnership with Talking Band, an acclaimed New York theater company. It’s based on the experiences of a rural, upstate New York community, which confronts important questions as fracking transforms the landscape and divides family and friends.

The play is named for the rock formation, rich in natural gas, that is part of the northern Appalachian basin and runs from upstate New York through Pennsylvania, Ohio and much of West Virginia.

“Marcellus Shale” is inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Paul Zimet with people living in the Marcellus Shale region, as well as Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s book, “Demons.”

Visually, the production uses elements of realism, heightened realism and super realism to tell the story of “Marcellus Shale.”

The local cast includes Gary Brown, George Daugherty, Laura Michelle Diener, Stuart Frazier, Madelyn Greene, H. Wyatt Hanna III, Ariana Kincaid, Ty Miller, Janet “JP” Prince, Caroline Chamness Rainey, and Paula Ruckman.

The show is directed by Frieda Forsley.

Ticket are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors or students. Proceeds benefit the Ohio Valley Environmental Council and the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization. For advance tickets, call 304-721-4174.

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