By Jessica Farrish, The Register-Herlad
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Theatre West Virginia is planning to open the 2022 summer season with 12 performances of its historical drama “Hatfields and McCoys,” TWV General Manager Scott Hill has announced.
The popular and long-running show is based on the world-famous deadly feud between two families, one in West Virginia (the Hatfields) and the other from Kentucky (the McCoys).
West Virginia writer Billy Edd Wheeler penned the drama.
Nick Yurick will direct “Hatfields” this season, and veteran actor Andy Woodruff will portray “Devil Anse” Hatfield, the patriarch of the Hatfield clan, for the 11th season.
TWV has produced “Hatfields and McCoys,” a story of two warring clans — the Hatfields from Mingo County, W.Va., and the McCoys from Pike County, Ky. — for about 50 seasons, said Hill.
The long-running musical made a worldwide debut in 1971 and draws a large audience each year.
“It’s the story of Romeo and Juliet, based in Appalachia, instead of England,” Hill said. “It’s ‘West Side Story.’ …