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Butcher Holler Here We ComeAztec Economy, Brooklyn, NY

Venue MOTR Pub
Running Time 75 minutes
First Time? New Participant
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Tags Environmental Themes,
LGBT Themes,
Men's Themes,
Adult content,
Adult Language



Saturday, June 1 @ 3:00pm
Sunday, June 2 @ 8:30pm
Tuesday, June 4 @ 8:30pm
Thursday, June 6 @ 8:30pm
Friday, June 7 @ 7:30pm


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5 Coal Miners. Cave Collapse. West Virginia. 1973. Who Survives?

1973, West Virginia. Following a cave collapse, 5 coal miners struggle to survive the dwindling supply of oxygen, the lack of food and water, the unravelling sense of passing time, and, even more threatening, their own competing natures. Brutally weaving through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, childhood visions, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, criminal addictions, and fervent spirituality in this run-of-the-mill Appalachian community, Butcher Holler Here We Come is a descent into the male psyche-in-crisis where secret desires, carnal urges, and hidden memories come boiling to the surface in a primitive territory of Earth that mirrors the subliminal mind.

An 'explorative sketch/workshop' of this piece was presented in the wooden attic of a Karate Shop in New Orleans' 9th Ward last November, 2012. It's subject matter is one we've wanted to explore for 2-3 years. The entire performance is lit only by the headlamps on the performer's heads.


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Aztec Economy is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts collective initiated in Spring 2008 to present new live performances for the public. Our work seeks to provide a fresh perspective on American culture and its relationship to ritual, mythology, madness, dreams, and deliverance. AE‘s projects have been featured in NYC at the Obie Award Winning Ice Factory, the Ohio Theater in Soho, 3 Legged Dog in Lower Manhattan, The Tank in Tribeca, The New Ohio in the West Village, Dixon Place in the Lower East Side, P.S.122 in the East Village, Monkey Town & The Brick Theater & Big Sky Works & House of Yes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Fireproof, Bushwick Open Studios, the Bushwick Starr, at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Fridge in D.C., Collaboraction in Chicago, The Spindletop Boomtown Museum Grounds in Texas, at E.M.P. Collective in Baltimore, on board the Historic Steamship Lilac off the Hudson River, and bars, rooftops, churches, and backyards all over Brooklyn.

Past Fringe Festivals:

(2011)New Orleans Fringe Festival, My Aim is True, associate artists.
(2011)The Obie-Award Winning Ice Factory, Pontiac Firebird Variations, lead producers.
(2010)The Underground Zero Festival at P.S.122, National Diet of Japan, lead producers.
(2009)The Obie-Award Winning Ice Factory, Lavaman, lead producers.
(2009)The Bricks
(2008)The Brick Summer Theater Festival in Brooklyn, Bring Me the Head of John Ford, lead producers.



Butcher Holler Here We Come (Review)- By: Joe Gorman

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati:

Butcher Holler Here We Come (Review)- By: Rob Bucher


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    May 7, 2013 6:16 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jon Kovach

    We're looking very much forward to performing alongside your team at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival again this year! BUTCHER HOLLER seems like a very clever piece with high stakes. I cannot wait to see the performance. Best wishes!

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  • May 24, 2013 6:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Tanya O'Debra

    These guys don't screw around. Can't wait to see the show!

  • May 28, 2013 2:12 amPosted 1 year ago
    Karim Muasher

    Megan Venzin tells me this group is awesome, and Megan Venzin knows everything.

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      May 31, 2013 8:15 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Megan Venzin

      Both of those things are true.

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    June 2, 2013 5:20 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Randy Waterhous


    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest

    Butcher Holler Here We Come

    Randy 3* Suzana 2.5* Fringy

    This is a drama about 5 coal miners trapped in a cave in. The venue was great- a small, black, windowless basement room, with the audience sitting around the walls and the actors lighting the play with only headlamps. The action is fast paced and complex. The dialogue weaves around the relationships and personalities of the five men. Suzana's only criticism was, as dramatic as it was, she did not connect emotionally. Good theater.

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    June 3, 2013 12:47 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Christine Wands

    This show pulls you into the experience, making you a fly on the wall of the collapsed mine as you witness the resulting chaos.  A brilliant script draws you in and you feel part of the experience of beting trapped.  You'd never know that these guys came here from New York. 

    Wonderful — Five stars.


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