MARCELLUS SHALE

PRICE: MOUNTAINFFILM TICKET REQUIRED TO ATTEND
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 28 – MOUNTAINFILM
TIME: 4:15 PM
VENUE: THE BLACK BOX AT THE PALM (THE OFF-WIDTH)

PRICE: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 30 – AFTER THE FEST
TIME: 7 PM
VENUE: THE BLACK BOX AT THE PALM (THE OFF-WIDTH)

 

Presented by Telluride Theatre, The Talking Band & Telluride Mountainfilm
Written by Paul Zimet  |  Music by Ellen Maddow  |  Directed by Sasha Sullivan

What really matters to you? What would be the last thing that you would give up? What do you consider a good life? Do you feel yours to be that? In 2016, a rural community in upstate New York confronts these questions as “fracking” transforms the landscape and divides friends and families. This music-theater work is inspired by interviews with people living on the Marcellus Shale and Dostoevsky’s “The Demons”. “Marcellus Shale” is the name of a sedimentary rock formation rich in natural gas, and, in this work, its sedimentary layers are a metaphor for the complex, richly-layered histories and lives of the people who inhabit it.

Marcellus Shale is a play written by famed NYC Theatre Company the Talking Band members Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow. The play was inspired by firsthand experience Zimet and Maddow had with the impact of fracking on their upstate New York community in 2013. 

Critic and activist Andy Horowitz writes of the play:
“The play offers a nuanced and thoughtful exploration of this divisive and contentious issue. The opposing views of a spectrum of characters – a veteran with PTSD, local farmers who sold their rights, and those who refused, women ‘Prayer Warriors’ from the local church, spectral ‘Men In Suits’, Occupy Wall Street-style radicals – all are given equal weight and complexity. The story is told in such a way that each character has respect and dignity; they struggle to maintain their human connections even as they hold ideologically irreconcilable positions.”

Telluride Theatre was invited to participate in a National Endowment for the Arts & Theatre Communication Group-funded project that involves select theatres, educational institutions and communities to engage with the Marcellus Shale script. Host sites will also engage with processes of devising theater that the Talking Band has practiced for forty years. Our public performance of Marcellus Shale is in collaboration with Telluride MountainFilm at their 2017 Festival.  Other communities involved in the project include Charleston, W. Va., Antioch College and ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans, La.