Lee Theatre To Continue Season With “When Mountains Move”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - by Sara Groos, Lee University

Lee University Theatre will continue its season this month with the original work, “When Mountains Move,” written by Lee’s Associate Professor of Creative Writing Stacey Isom Campbell. This premier performance will take place in the Buzz Oates Black Box Theater on Feb. 16-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. 

“I have had the pleasure of serving as a reader for several of Stacey’s plays and working with her on a few workshop productions in the past,” said Dr. Christine Williams, associate professor of theatre at Lee. “She is such a talented playwright and brings interesting characters to life. We are honored to have the opportunity to work on this new play and introduce it to our Cleveland community.” 

“When Mountains Move” is the epic tale of Lillie Mae Bostic, told through a chorus of coal miners accompanied by bluegrass musicians. Due to the unusual circumstances of her birth, Lillie Mae’s father believes God has given her “a word for her people.” Set in Black Mountain, Kentucky, the story 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 support from the United Mine Workers of America, 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. 

“The preacher-miners of the region played an important role in the coal miners’ fight for justice,” said Professor Campbell. “This play draws attention to a history that many people do not know.” 

Tickets will be available at the Box Office in the Communication Arts Building Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., and one hour before curtain time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children, seniors, and students. 

Lee Theatre recommends viewing “When Mountains Move” for ages 12 and up. No babes in arms, please. 

For more information, visit www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu. Fans are encouraged to follow Lee University Theatre on Facebook.


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