The Future of Letcher County was written from material gathered in 2016-17 from story circles and interviews with Letcher County, Kentucky people of different ages and points of view. When writing the play, pieces of one person's story were combined with pieces of another person's story, resulting in a story all its own that is representative of the points of view we heard from County participants. Act 1 is an assemblage of these stories. Act 2 is a conversation with the audience about their own stories and experiences brought to mind by the play.
The Future of Letcher County premiered as a staged reading at Appalshop's Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival in Whitesburg, KY. Performers included local community members Tommy Anderson, Nell Fields, Dustin Hall, Bill Meade, and Elizabeth Sanders.
Special thanks for this production go to the communities and individuals who shared their stories, the Letcher Co. Culture Hub, the Appalachian Media Institute youth who conducted interviews, and Dustin Heath Hall who served as project manager and artistic consultant.