March 7-9, 7:30pm
Center for Performance Research (CPR)
Displaced Appalachians resettled on Mars face a familiar dilemma when their leader initiates a questionable mining operation. The sixth in our Planet Play series, MARS is a dance-theater event featuring live music, graphic art and an original story inspired by the history of Appalachian coal mining.
MARS (a play about mining)
adapted from the graphic novel MARS! by Â Tom Coiner
Choreography byÂ Adam H. Weinert
Music byÂ Adam Miller
Graphic Art byÂ Kristy CaldwellÂ with assistance from Clay Rodery and Ray Jones
Stage & Costume Design byÂ R.B. Schlather
Stage Management/Assistant Direction byÂ Alessandra Calabi
Dramaturgy byÂ Megan McClain
Directed byÂ Jeremy Pickard
Created & Performed by
Adam H. Weinert
*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Must human progress always end in destruction?Â What are the risks we will take to restore our home?Â Contemporary politics and childhood fantasies come crashing together in this unique event inspired the history of Appalachian coal mining.Â Led by choreographer Adam H. Weinert, director Jeremy Pickard and composer Adam Miller, MARS features original dance, live music, graphic art and a strong ensemble of cross-disciplinary performers.Â Our technology is opening new frontiers… and new mines.Â We can go to Mars, hold the internet in our palm… and blow the tops off America’s oldest mountains.Â The controversies and paradoxes of mining have never been more relevant.Â In MARS, we explore these topics in our own unique way, and invite you to join in the adventure and the conversation.