Written by Paul Zimet
Music by Ellen Maddow
Sets and video: Anna Kiraly
Costumes: Kiki Smith
Lights: Lenore Doxsee
Stage Manager: Michelle Kelleher*
Technical Director: Rudy Guerrero
Assistant Stage Manager: Samantha Corbin
Assistant to the Director: Alex Skiltolsky
Assistant Costume Designer: Jill St. Coeur
Assistant Set Designer: Sidney Johnson
Video Programmer: Michael Long
Marketing: Discovering Oz
Press: Sam Rudy
With: Harlan J. Alford, Suli Holum*, John Kurzynowski, Joel Leffert*, Ellen Maddow*, Mike Mikos, Steven Rattazzi*, Tina Shepard*, David Smilow, and Linda Tardif
*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Premiere: 2013 La MaMa, NYC

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 new 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.


La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre
66 E 4th St
May 23 – June 9, 2013
Wed. – Sat.: 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Matinee: 2:30 p.m.
Sun. Matinee: 2:30 p.m.
extra performances Tues., May 28 and Sun., June 9 at 7:30 p.m.