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Oct 15 – Nov 1, 2015

Written by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller

Directed by Nicki Miller

Coproduced by Only Child Aerial Theatre

Burning Coal Theatre teams up with the Brooklyn-based Only Child Aerial Theatre to present this dynamic piece, performed largely in the air, about an Asylum circa the mid-1970s, and the people whose lives are inextricably connected through the old building.  If you liked our Henry V (on Trapeze) from 2011, you will love Asylum!  The concept and story for Asylum is by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller and the production is directed by Nicki Miller, with original song composed for this production by Sophie B. Hawkins.

[(c) 2014, photographer Carrie Firestone]

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Playwriting: the Basics

Sep 21 – Oct 26, 2015

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$155  For six sessions, payable on or prior to the first day of class.

Taught by Jorie Slodki

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s new Director of Education, Jorie Slodki, will be teaching a class in Beginning Playwriting in September. Participants will spend six weeks learning the basic elements necessary for a quality play through in-class exercises, reading modern American works, and speaking with local playwrights. By the end of class, participants will have written their own one-act plays. 

No playwriting experience is necessary. Students will be expected to both read and write outside of class. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. 

Class will be held at Burning Coal’s Murphey School Auditorium on Monday nights from 7-10pm. Class will be held September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26. The cost is $155, payable on or prior to the first day of class.  Read More »


Sep 12, 2015

$12  Only at the door

callaghan-a-history-of-now-imageCALLAGHAN IS BACK!  Burning Coal’s favorite British Folk Rock Singer, Callaghan, returns for a fourth year to cap off our 2015 MusiCoal Summer Concert Series.  Join us for this very special night in celebration of Callaghan’s just released second studio album, A HISTORY OF NOW.  Tickets $12.  You’ll want to stay around after, meet Callaghan, and buy lots of CDs and merchandise from this rising star from across the Pond who now calls Nashville her home. Read More »

London Theatre Tour 2016

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Apr 10 – Apr 17, 2016

$2900  Full Tour Price
$2100  Bring-your-own Airfare

Deposit of $700
Due on December 01, 2015

Remainder of Total
Due on January 15, 2016

All rooms will be shared, 2 to a room

Add $600 to either fee for a single room

Burning Coal’s London Theatre Tour is a chance to explore one of the most artistically and historically fascinating cities in the world. Featuring six plays in six days, talkbacks at the theatres, and tours of world-famous museums and cultural and historical sites such as the Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and the Tate Modern, the tour is designed for the avid art lover and life-long learner.  Call 919.834.4001 to reserve your place today.

The trip is led by Burning Coal’s Artistic Director, Jerome Davis, and Read More »

Burning Coal Announces its 2015/2016 Season


Main Stage Shows

Asylum  ·  October 15 – November 1, 2015
(World Premiere)
Concept and Story by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller
Directed by Nicki Miller
Produced in collaboration with Only Child Aerial Theatre of Brooklyn, NY

The Wiz  ·  December 3 – 20, 2015
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls & Luther Vandross
Book by William F. Brown
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Blue Sky  ·  January 28 – February 14, 2016
(US Premiere)
Written by Clare Bayley
Produced in collaboration with CAM/Raleigh

Spoonface Steinberg  ·  April 7 – 24, 2016
(US Premiere)
Written by Lee Hall
Directed by Jerome Davis

Second Stage Shows

TBA  ·  Three hot plays about science, psychology and the human mind.  In repertory, June, 2016.  Two companies have been confirmed:  INSOMNIA by Koffee Dance Theatre and FRINGE DWELLERS by Cirque de Vol.