Runnin’ Down the Mountain is the story of Everett and Margaret Riddle, a brother and sister, grown and living alone on their family’s orchard in the Great Smoky Mountains. Everett stays up late nights, rebuilding a cassette tape made of Mama that was broken years ago. Margaret buries her head in the encyclopedia and dreams of running away to attend college. This innovative new performance mixes original and traditional music, live looping and soundscapes with NEW NOISE’s own brand of visual storytelling to ask why we hand down what we do and why we’re raised to leave.

Production History

Runnin’ Down the Mountain is a full-length production that premiered January 2013 at the Dryades Theater.

Runnin’ is also a 35 min. “House Party” that toured in fall 2013 to six cities from North Carolina to New Jersey, as well as the New Orleans Fringe Festival.


“Beautiful…Appalachian gospel/bluegrass-inspired original songs performed by the entire ensemble”
Ryan Sparks for Southern Glossary

“The play…is not so much a representation of a disappearing culture as a performance of the impossibility of authentically accessing what we have lost through technological mediation.”
Rachel Lee for Rachel Watching Stuff

“Director Joanna Russo, her team, the musicians and the two fine actors did an impressive job.”
Dalt Wonk for Gambit Weekly

“The climax is a brilliant showing of flexible set design, giving new meaning to a house that cannot stand.”
Jonas Griffin for NOLA Defender

House Party Photos

Interview & music with George Ingmire on WWOZ’s New Orleans Music Show


The development of Runnin’ Down the Mountain was funded by a grant from Alternate ROOTS. The project was also supported by many generous private donors through our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you!