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Burning Coal Theater Company Presents World Premiere of A GREAT BIG WOOLLY MAMMOTH THAWING

Opening the Burning Coal Theater Company’s 2022-23 season, A Great Big Wooly Mammoth Thawing From The Ice is a world premiere by London playwright Tatty Hennessy.

Hennessy uses a New York Times article on melting permafrost and the recent discovery of preserved mammoths as inspiration to explore the unexpected sides of climate change and its impacts on personal relationships.

In Alaska, an activist named Leah (AC Donahue), a tech giant named Justin (Matthew Hagar), and an oil driller named Jim (Gene Cordon) walk into a bar. They meet Jim’s son, Justin (Ben Apple), a wilderness guide, for an unusual trip through the Yukon. The isolation of the desert has a way of bringing out the truth. The temperature is rising, and who knows what buried treasures they might find in the glacial wreckage.

Tatty Hennessy is a rising star playwright, director and playwright based in London. His play, A Hundred Words for Snow, won the Heretic Voices monologue

competition and received 4 Offie Award nominations. The play was also produced by Burning Coal in 2020. Her other works include Animal Farm, an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel of the same name, F Off, written in 2019 with the National Youth Theater and The Snow Queen for the N16 Theatre. She has also completed her first screenplay for television, Kitty Kitty.

This play will be directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson, longtime collaborator and close friend of Hennessy. Atkinson directed and helped develop the West End production of Hennessy’s A Hundred Words For Snow. She first signed on to Burning Coal for the 2021 production of Lauren Gunderson’s I And You last season. She recently attended the production of Middle by David Eldridge at the National Theater in London.

Set design by Erin Morales, lighting by Kevin Frazier, costume design by Jane Stein and sound design by Christy Rose. The cast includes Burning Coal stalwarts; the role of Leah will be played by AC Donohue (Camelot, Burning Coal), the role of Justin will be played by Matt Hager (Romeo and Juliet, Burning Coal), and the role of Chris will be played by Ben Apple (Churchill’s Shorts, Burning Coal ). The role of Jim will be played by Gene Cordon in his first performance with Burning Coal.