Up From the Ground is an original play by 2012 Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley about how our heritage, hopes and values are reflected in the food we eat. Written as part of the Laureate program, Up From the Ground will receive its world-premier reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series.
Inspired by interviews with chefs, journalists and farmers from Wake, Durham, Orange and Alamance counties, Up From the Ground explores the questions of where our food comes from and what it means to cook in the hectic 21st century.
Up From the Ground was written with the support of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and Alamance County Arts Council.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Ian Finley holds a BFA degree from the University of Utah, and an MFA in playwriting from New York University. He worked at Burning Coal Theatre Company as Director of Education from 2004 through 2012. In 2012, he was named Piedmont Laureate. He has had plays produced in Utah, New York, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. At Burning Coal, he authored 1960 and co-authored Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2.