When Mountains Move – World Premier!
Location: Buzz Oates Black Box Theater
By Stacey Isom Campbell
Directed by Associate Professor, Christine Williams, PhD
Lee Theatre has commissioned Stacey Isom Campbell, associate professor of Language and Literature at Lee to write an original work. When Mountains Move is the epic tale of Lillie Mae Bostic, told through a Chorus of Coal Miners and a bluegrass band. Due to the unusual circumstances of her birth, her father believes God has given her a Word for her people. The story, set on Black Mountain, Kentucky, follows the decade-long labor struggle of the coal miners for the basic human rights denied them in the 1930s. In the midst of the struggle, Lillie Mae searches for her Word while growing up in the Closplint Church of God, surrounded by women who join the fight for freedom. While the play is fictional, it is inspired by historical accounts of Bloody Harlan in the 1930s, the preacher-miners who secretly helped to get UMWA support, and the oral histories of the people who remember the struggle. The play explores how the power of words and a little bit of faith can move mountains.
Recommended for Ages 12+ (no babes in arms, please)