As a West Virginian born and raised, I know that the Appalachian Mountains hold some of the greatest secrets this country has to offer.
I also have first-hand experience with the cruel stereotypes that everyone from this region must contend with.
Well, it’s about time the Appalachian people spoke for themselves, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen at Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s Voices of Appalachia Play Festival on March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Greenbrier Valley Theatre asked Appalachians to share their stories, and the result is an array of short plays that shine a light on this region and its inhabitants.
“It is my hope that by showcasing diverse and honest stories of life in Appalachia that we are able to open up the scope of what we believe we can be,” Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s Education Director Jacob Masters said, “Connecting to our history and living in the great complexity of the present, we can find new joy, support and pride in being from Appalachia.”
Mountain living is just different from living anywhere else: we’re secluded yet united, quiet but definitely not silent. Pride in that life, in Appalachia, is what this play festival is about.
These short plays, each about 8-10 minutes long, will celebrate life in Appalachia, the tragic, funny, uplifting and misunderstood.
This exciting play festival is March 24th and 25th at 7:30 at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg, and tickets are on sale now. Contact GVT at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org for more information.