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Gripping play about life in coal country opens in Raleigh County June 9

By Staff | May 25, 2016


After the disastrous explosion at Piney Fork Coal Company in the fall of 2008, a miner, Billy Ray, finds himself crippled and unable to provide for his family. Riddled with guilt and convinced he was responsible for the accident which took the lives of many men, Billy turns to liquor and pain pills. As Billy’s health and family life begin to completely deteriorate, they are suddenly met by a strange, silent visitor with wings.

Directed by George Bickey – Written by JC Lacek – featuring actors Jamie Lee Smith, Sarah Dodson, Chris Cohenour, Colby Smith, Reanna Taylor, Brian Stover and George Bickey – Stage Management by Sam Hight – AOBM features original music by Raleigh County musicians – Billy’s Lament by Leeroy Greene and Sprinkle Coal Dust On My Grave by Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns

ABOUT THE PLAY: Abomination on Bolt Mountain is a new play by JC Lacek set in a genre commonly referred to as Appalachian Gothic. AOBM was recently featured as part of the 2016 annual Greenhouse Theatre Festival in San Francisco, California, opening to a full house. The play explores themes such as perseverance, financial strife, religious fortitude, and family dysfunction. This production of AOBM will be the first time a play has been performed at The Raleigh Playhouse featuring a storyline set in the coal country of Raleigh County as well as written by a playwright from the Beckley area.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Playwright, short fiction author, and comic book writer, James Christopher Lacek was born and raised in Shady Spring, West Virginia. Since moving to San Francisco, California, in the early 00’s, JC has had his fiction published in literary magazines such as OneTitle, Writers Who Rock, and The Bat Country Word. In addition to writing fiction, JC also co-authored Gray Haven Comics’ graphic novel, Kaiju, and currently writes for and manages Whiskey Tango Comics, publishing such titles as The Devil’s Share, Dog Days of Raleigh Bottom, and Andy Griffith Must Die. JC’s play, Abomination on Bolt Mountain, recently appeared in San Francisco’s 2016 annual Greenhouse Theatre Festival.