Courtesy Hatch Arts Collective.

New Hazlett Theater
August 11, 12, 13, 14
8 p.m. & 2 p.m.

From Eastern Minnesota to right here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the extensive impact of hydraulic fracturing will come to life on stage during a brand new, locally produced play.

Courtesy Hatch Arts Collective.
Courtesy Hatch Arts Collective.

Presented by Hatch Arts Collective, Driftless chronicles the firsthand experiences of one family and one priest as they connect and “unearth the full cost of hydraulic fracturing.”

Written by Paul Kruse, Driftless uses mapping as a metaphor for exploring deeply personal connections between time, the earth, and human bodies, and complex themes about relationships, the environment, and local heritage.

Based on firsthand interviews with landowners, activists, and residents—as well as extensive research and community-based workshops conducted over three years—the compelling play brings the ongoing international debate about fracking onto the stage and into the kitchens of real families.

Courtesy Hatch Arts Collective
Sacrificial Fire series by Mandy Kendall.

Along with the play’s characters—including a young family living in Southwestern Pennsylvania and a Catholic priest from Eastern Minnesota—audiences will be encouraged to confront lingering questions about fracking, such as: Why must families choose between their health and a viable economic future?

Directed by Adil Mansoor—who co-founded Hatch Arts Collective in 2012—the production stars Ken Bolden, Trevor Butler, Siovhan Christensen, Alec Silberblatt, and Tammy Tsai.

The production also features haunting soundscapes created by experimental duo slowdanger, set design by Michelle Carello, lighting by Kathryn A Devlin, and costumes by Rebecca Harrison.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.