It took a family feud to save Theatre West Virginia.
“Hatfields and McCoys” has been an annual Theatre West Virginia production since 1970, making this the 54th consecutive season for the venue’s summer outdoor drama series, but it nearly didn’t happen. Business dried up for Theatre West Virginia, and it closed down, but many Southern West Virginia residents and the West Virginia Legislature offered help to rescue the Beckley institution.
“Hatfields and McCoys” was scheduled to run for 17 performances, from July 11 through Aug. 2 at Cliffside Amphitheatre, which is part of the New River Gorge National River at Grandview. The show will be Theatre West Virginia’s only production during what’s being called a “rebuilding year.”
The legend of the Hatfield and McCoy feud picked up interest with the 2012 television miniseries on The History Channel. The outdoor drama book and lyrics were commissioned by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and Mountain State native Billy Edd Wheeler, who was responsible for “Jackson,” made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter, as well as “Coward of the County,” by Kenny Rogers.
WIN TICKETS: The State Journal is offering your family a chance to see the closing night of the outdoor drama “Hatfields and McCoys” Aug. 2 under the stars at Grandview’s Cliffside Amphitheater, New River Gorge National River near Beckley. Click Here for your chance at one of two family four-packs of tickets.
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