The classic story of a feud between the Hatfields and McCoys comes to life. The first part of a three-part-series called "Feud" kicked off Thursday evening at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville.
Feuding and scandal; forbidden love and murder - The story of the Hatfields and McCoys has become an iconic piece of both American and local history.
“You get a lot of exposure to [the story] living in this area no matter where you come from because so much of the history happens right here,” says Andrew Petrey, of Jenny Wiley Theatre.
Now, that story is inspiring a three-part series called “Feud,” with the first two installments playing at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this fall. Organizers say the play tells the story from a more personal angle than is usually taken with the source material.
“I don't think anyone has ever gone that the take that we wanted to do which was to really look at the people…to take a little piece of what happened and try to explore the motives and how the people felt, and what pushed them to become so angry,” says Kim Willard, director of the play.
The entire play is performed by three stage actors...they say the performances are for anyone who enjoys great storytelling.
“They're just great pieces of theater. You could come off the street having no idea about any of the history or any of the characters, and the stories are told in such a way that you get all the information you need as you go,” says Robert Daniels.
The first part of the series kicked off Thursday with “part two” playing August 28th. Performances will continue through September 20th. For more information, you can check out the theater's website by clicking on the link attached to this article.