2020-2021 Season at Burning Coal

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2020/2021 Season, Going Places!, a season of plays about people who are on the move, setting out for new horizons, new destinies, and new hopes. 

TO SUBSCRIBE NOW, CLICK HERE or call us at 919.834.4001

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A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW by Tatty Hennessy/dir. by Jerome Davis
October 8 – 25, 2020
When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her young life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her, don’t go, don’t go!  But her heart knows that she must.





Evita image for websiteEVITA by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice / directed by Lillian White
December 3 – 20, 2020
Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she ain’t stayin’ there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”.




5th of July image for websiteFIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson / directed by Jerome Davis
January 28 – February 14, 2021
In this ‘sequel’ to Talley’s Folly, the date is July 5th, the year is 1975, and Sally has returned home to deal with the family.  But can this family be dealt with?  And will Sally be able to cut loose from this old house once and for all, or will she find herself pulled back in by its charm, its danger, and its memories?  Burning Coal is proud to announce that Trish Hawkins, the original Sally Talley in the Broadway production of Talley’s Folly will reclaim the role, 30 years on, for which she is most known.



Three Sisters image for websiteTHE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov / directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
April 8 – 25, 2021
Irina, Masha and Olga live a charmed life.  Their country estate is filled regularly with admirers, their younger brother dotes upon them, and the servants are at their beck and call.  But something is changing, something unspoken.  They sense it.  And they know that if they are going to go to Moscow, they had better go now.




To Subscribe to this Season, click here or call us at 919.834.4001. 

Tickets to the Mainstage (4 play season) are $80 apiece (a 20% savings off full priced tickets)
Tickets to the Breakfast Club Series (mainstage plus our 3 play second stage series) are $110
And if you subscribe to either of these series, you will receive a free ticket to our exciting NINETEENTH!, a celebration of the passage of this historic 19th Amendment (August 20 – 30, 2020).


May 29 – May 30, 2020

7 pm on Friday – Saturday

$10  Available at door


All students, grades 6-12

March 01, 2020

Submission Deadline

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY in Standard Manuscript Format


Kidswrite 2020

Burning Coal Theatre Company is pleased to announce Kidswrite 2020, a collection of short plays written by young playwrights, selected from submissions solicited from Wake and 13 surrounding counties.  Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, May 29 & 30, 2020 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 apiece and may be obtained at the door.     

Every spring, Burning Coal Theatre receives play submissions from local 6th-12th graders that are then professionally produced for the public.  Burning Coal has assembled a team of skilled theatre artists to bring these young writers’ stories to life.  

The KidsWrite Festival was created in 2004 to encourage young writers in central NC by producing their original one act plays.  Finalists are chosen from numerous submissions.  Those scripts are produced at the theatre and then published in a book available for purchase.  After receiving a record number of play submissions, this year’s featured playwrights include 

Chicken Fights, by Pranav Gadiraju (Young Writer’s Institute)
Man Attempts to Peel an Orange by Sam Harris
Silver Linings, by Abigail Celoria (North Raleigh Christian Academy)
Elevated Egos, by Spencer Fitzgerald, Catherine Shamel, and Keetyn Weeks (Moore Square Magnet Middle School)
Governor Dump by Vivek Indlamuri (Young Writer’s Institute) Read More »

Auditions for 2020-21 Season!




Burning Coal Theatre Company is announcing that it will be accepting auditions for its upcoming 2020/2021 season by video submission only.  Actors should submit 

  • 2 one-minute video monologues, one dramatic and one comedic and

your updated one-page resume via https://forms.gle/tsg6yt8RNHKi3qL16 

If you are interested in being cast in Evita by Rice & Webber, please indicate so.  When we hold ‘in person’ callbacks, we will  have those actors called back for that play sing with a pianist at that time. 

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Burning Coal Cabaret Nights 2020

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Jun 27 – Jun 28, 2020

TICKETS $35 apiece

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Burning Coal’s spring cabaret will feature performances by some of your favorite area stage performers.  Tickets are $35 apiece or 2 for $50 with code COALCABARET).  The evening will include a cash bar and an extraordinary evening of performers giving their all in tangy renditions of some of your favorite Broadway showtunes! 

Sponsorship packages begin at $100, contact development@burningcoal.org for details

Because of the outbreak, we are going to postpone this event until June 27 at 7 pm & 28th at 3 pm.  If you are holding a ticket and want to get a refund, email us at info@burningcoal.org and we’ll process that for you.  If you want to attend in June, let us know which date you prefer and your tickets will be shifted over.  If you would like to change your tickets to a tax deductible contribution, let us know that as well.  And lastly, if you haven’t bought tickets yet but want to do so for the June dates, CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets now.

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Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

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Sep 10 – Sep 25, 2020

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

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In light of the global virus, we have decided, for the first time in our company’s 23 year history, to postpone a production.  We will be moving SILENT SKY to September 10 – 25, 2020. If you already have tickets, we will get in touch with you shortly to offer alternative dates.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet and want to, give us a call at 919.834.4001 or watch this space for the new dates shortly.

-Jerome Davis/Artistic Director


 SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Lauren Gunderson’s funny and charming play about Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who wanted nothing but to be allowed to work in the field of her choice, astronomy.  But when she began at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, women weren’t even allowed to touch a telescope, let alone take credit for the awesome discover that she would soon make.


We are committed to making our Theatre as accessible as possible for everyone.

To request specific accommodations or let us know how we can improve your experience call: (919) 834-4001 or email: coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com

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The 19th Amendment Project

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Aug 20 – Aug 30, 2020

Written by Various

Directed by TBA

Coproduced by The League of Women Voters of Wake County

All tickets $20

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Burning Coal Theatre is pleased to present The 19th Amendment Project, a collection of short plays written by some of the most accomplished women and/or non-binary playwrights working today, writing on the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago and its ongoing impact.  Performances are Thurs – Sats at 7:30 pm & Suns at 2 pm Aug 20 – 30.  Tickets: $20 – may be obtained at 919.834.4001 or www.burningcoal.org.

The playwrights expected to participate include Clare Bayley, Hannah Benitez, Becca Blackwell, Bekah Brunstetter, Susana Cook, Kelly Doyle, Amanda Duarte, Christine Evans, Magdalena Gomez, Holly Hughes, Tamara Kissane, Carrie Knowles, Karen Malpede, Deb Margolin, Ruth Margraff, Kate R. Morris, MJ Perrin, Elaine Romero, Prageeta Sharma, Shay Youngblood, and Ariel Ztn.

 Our production partner is The League of Women Voters of Wake County

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