Swift Creek

May 15, 2016

$10  General Admission/Available at the Door

Swift Creek’s name pays tribute to the origins of this Americana/Bluegrass band, formed six years ago in Central NC near meandering Swift Creek. Their highly original songs feature strong traditional and progressive bluegrass influences, a touch of country and a healthy dose of folk. Driving guitar and bass support the band’s signature three-part harmony singing , punctuated with impressive mandolin, fiddle and banjo solos.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Katelyn Read

Aug 28, 2016

$10  Only at the door

Katelyn ReadKatelyn Read, a WV native, is a folk-blues singer songwriter now living in Raleigh, NC. She embraces lyrics that stir up hope, attempt to define love, and speak of the joy of living. Influenced by The Civil Wars, Amos Lee, and Ray Lamontagne, her sound blends folk melodies with a hint of blues and soul. She recently appeared on NBC’s popular reality TV singing competition The Voice, where she successfully auditioned and joined Christina Aguilera’s team. Now continuing to pursue her music career,  Katelyn captivates new fans in cities along the east coast where she travels and performs. “I want to write music others can connect with, and speak for them when life brings moments that words fail to describe.” At the root of Katelyn’s music you will find the ebb and flow of haunting melodies intertwined with her deep love of lyrical poetry.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Boylan Brass

Jun 5, 2016

Boylan Brass
Comprising some of Raleigh’s best symphony musicians, freelance performers, and educators, the Boylan Brass are privileged to bring decades of collective experience to every musical activity. If you’re already a member of our community, our gratitude to you is immeasurable – and if we haven’t yet met, we eagerly welcome you to share our passion for great music.

We’ve spent years forging our craft in practice and rehearsals with the goal of making music you’ll want to hear again and again. Just as every journey begins with a single step, we urge you to begin what we hope will be a fulfilling and lasting musical kinship by sampling a little bit of what we’ve poured our hearts into.  Additional information at http://www.boylanbrass.com/. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Raleigh Boychoir

Oct 9, 2016

$10  available at the door

The Raleigh Boychoir 

It started with just 20 boys and a $50 donation from the Woman’s Club of Raleigh. But humble beginnings never daunted The Raleigh Boychoir’s vision.  Thomas E. Sibley founded the choir in 1968 to give boys with unchanged voices a chance to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music. Sibley believed a choir could help boys develop talent and character – traits that would serve them for a lifetime. Sibley, who worked as music coordinator for the Raleigh public schools as well as organist and choir master at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, directed The Raleigh Boychoir for 40 years. He retired in 2008.  Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

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.

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A Gala in Two Acts

Saturday, March 21, 2015
at 7pm
Tickets are $175 apiece
or $300 per couple. 

To purchase your tickets CLICK HERE

or please call 919.834.4001 or mail us your check today at:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Annual Fundraiser

Magnificent morsels and intimate vignettes from the world of musical theatre to benefit Burning Coal

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Oakwood Lives 2016: Historical Voices of Raleigh

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Come see a one-of-a-kind performance at Raleigh’s “cemetery full of life!”  Every year, Burning Coal Theatre teams up with Historic Oakwood Cemetery to present an evening of vignettes about notable people who are resting peacefully there.


This year’s theme is “Home Again.”  To celebrate the release of Oakwood to Oakwood by local historian Bruce Miller, all of the plays focus on people who have lived in the Oakwood neighborhood or were instrumental in making it the special place that it is today.  Check back soon to find out which characters will be dramatized by local Raleigh playwrights.

May 20-22

Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students, available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance.

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Mental Health Care in America: Past, Present and Future

Oct 24, 2015

Lecture by Marci White

Lecture begins at 6:00, Q&A at 6:30

Prior to  


Executive Director of Mental Health America of the Triangle Marci White will give a lecture on the history of the public mental health system in America, the kinds of infrastructural challenges it has faced, and what we can do to support individuals living with mental illness in our own communities. The lecture will begin at 6:00pm with a question and answer session beginning at 6:30. Any ticket holders for ASYLUM are invited to attend the lecture free of charge.



Marci White, MSW has more than 30 years’ experience working on behalf of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional and behavioral problems in North Carolina’s mental health service systems. She has worked for mental health providers, state agencies, and the federal courts in North Carolina; and she has provided consultation and advocacy to develop community and family-based mental health services in other states.

In addition to developing and managing family-based mental health services, Marci has held several roles related to mental health training: developing, supervising, providing and coordinating initial and ongoing training for staff and managers and for therapeutic foster parents about the direct practice and supervision skills needed for the range of community-based mental health/developmental disability services provided through a comprehensive behavioral health agency.

Ms. White was responsible for ensuring that the children identified as the result of North Carolina’s Willie M. lawsuit received the services to which they were entitled under the court agreement (1981 – 1998). The lawsuit was a right-to-treatment action for children and adolescents who had severe emotional, neurological, or mental conditions; were violent and aggressive; were or would be in need of residential or other community and family-based treatment and educational/vocational services; and for whom the State had not provided appropriate services. As part of her role, Ms. White supervised and established best practices for services, and monitored service outcomes for residential and community-based programs for youth in foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. After 17 years as a class action lawsuit, the federal court ruled in January 1998, that the State had complied with the consent decree and that federal court jurisdiction was no longer required.

Ms. White has been a Clinical Instructor with the UNC-School of Social Work, serving as Field Faculty for MSW students in their field placements in community human service agencies. She was the Field Seminar leader for Foundation students, addressing topics related to students’ experiences in field placement and professional development as social workers. Marci has demonstrated her commitment to individuals and their families living with mental health and substance abuse problems through her expertise, advocacy, education and support. She has worked to instill that same commitment and expertise in students, professionals and volunteers with whom she has worked and brings that to join us at MHAT. Marci received her Bachelor of Arts in English and her Master of Social Work, specializing in direct mental health practice from the University of North Carolina.

Shakespeare Marathon

Burning Coal Theatre Company and the NC Museum of History will present a marathon reading of each of William Shakespeare’s 38 plays next April to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Each play will be read by a different theatre company from North Carolina. The nonstop readings will take five days and will begin at 11:55 p.m. April 23, 2016, at the museum, 5 East Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. The event will be open to the public. Each reading also will be live streamed and recorded for later viewing. Burning Coal, the professional theatre company based in Raleigh, will produce the marathon. Participating companies will be announced soon. For additional information, please contact BurningCoal Artistic Director Jerome Davis at 919.834.4001


Unquestionably the English language’s most influential playwright and arguably the greatest writer who ever lived, Shakespeare wrote an astonishing number of dramatic and poetic works during his lifetime. In addition to hosting the Shakespeare marathon, the NC Museum of History will display the First Folio of Shakespeare’s great tragedy Hamlet May 7-30, 2016. The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It is widely regarded as the best version of the play in existence. The exhibit is part of The Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2016 tour of its First Folio collection, titled First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare! For additional information, visitwww.ncmuseumofhistory.org.


The Division of State History Museums collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present. The division interprets history through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications available to the visitor on site or through distance-learning technologies.

Burning Coal Theatre Company is an intimate, professional theatre located in downtown Raleigh. Currently in its 19th season, Burning Coal has grown over the years to become one of the most influential and respected professional theatres in the southeastern United States. Its mission calls for the creation of art that is literate, visceral, affecting. In November 2014, Burning Coal toured David Edgar’s Iron Curtain Trilogy with its company of 38 mostly North Carolina-based artists to London’s Cockpit Theatre for a three-week run, garnering a four-star review from The Guardian’s Michael Billington, considered the dean of London theatre critics. Burning Coal has also toured to New York City, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and cities across North Carolina. Its education program, WillPower, is among the most active and respected in the state. 

Participating Theatres

Participating theatres will be announced weekly until the marathon begins.

Bare Theatre
In the past 10 years, Bare Theatre has performed an impressive 21 of Shakespeare’s plays. They work to give audiences a clear, articulate and passionate experience of theatre with little other than a room, audience, the actors, and the text. They present audiences with fresh and exciting interpretations of classic plays (particularly those of Shakespeare) as well as innovative new works. Keep your eyes out for their upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, running Nov. 5 – 21 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, NC.

Check out Bare Theatre’s website at www.baretheatre.org, and follow them on facebook, twitter, and instagram: @BareTheatre

Dram Tree Shakespeare Co.
The Dram Tree Shakespeare Company, located in Wilmington, NC, is a not-for-profit, semi-professional theatre dedicated to providing professional quality productions of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Through an approach that utilizes a combination of tradition and innovation, Dram Tree strives to produce Shakespeare that is both accessible and affecting. Dram Tree also seeks to preserve the value of live Shakespearean performance for future generations through their educational programming. In September, Dram Tree produced Macbeth as their debut full-length production. Keep an eye on their website for their next production in the spring!

For more information about the Dram Tree Shakespeare Company, check out their website: http://dramtreeshakes.org/index.html Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Ensemble Stage
Ensemble Stage is located in Blowing Rock, NC. Their mission is to culturally enrich the lives of the residents of The High Country and its visitors by providing a broad range of live theatrical presentations of the highest possible quality at an affordable price; to inspire, challenge and nurture the imagination and social skills of youths and adults through theatre based educational programs; and to be an active part of the cultural and economic growth of their community through collaboration with residents, local businesses and other not for profit organizations. Their radio play, “The Wolf Man” adapted from the 1941 feature film, plays this weekend on October 24.

For more information about Ensemble Stage, check them out on facebook and on their website, www.ensemblestage.com, or follow them on twitter @EnsembleStage

Flat Rock Playhouse
The Flat Rock Playhouse, a professional equity theatre, was founded in 1952, when the Vagabond Players bought an eight acre lot in Flat Rock, NC, and in 1961 the NC State General Assembly designated the Playhouse the Official State Theatre of North Carolina. Now with two locations in Flat Rock and Hendersonville, the Flat Rock Playhouse provides programming in the form of hit Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas, and theatre-for-youth. Through Studio 52, Flat Rock Playhouse provides quality education programs in theatre, musical theatre, and film. Check out Flat Rock Playhouse’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, running November 17 – December 18.

For more information on the Flat Rock Playhouse, check out their website: https://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/ Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Gilbert Theatre
The Gilbert Theater is a semi-professional, community-minded theatre company and conservatory serving Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the surrounding area. The company strives to produce art for audiences who value innovative, daring theatre that explores the human condition in a respectful, imaginative way and for artists, onstage and off, who rely on the Gilbert to provide an intimate, safe environment to practice their craft. Check out their upcoming production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” running from November 27 – December 20.

For more information about Gilbert Theater, check out their website:www.gilberttheater.com. Or follow them on facebook and twitter (@GilbertTheater).

Greensboro College
The Theatre Department at Greensboro College aims to provide a strong foundation in theatre, while allowing students to emphasize a particular area of theatre. Their coursework is integrated with production work, and participation is required on stage or back stage on all theatre productions. Greensboro College offers degrees in Acting, Arts Management, Costumes, Design/Tech, Musical Theatre, Stage Directing/Management, and Theatre Education. The department emphasizes student work: student designers and directors are utilized on student and faculty directed shows. On November 19-20, Greensboro College will host the NCTC State Play Championships.

For more information about the Department of Theatre at Greensboro College, visit their website:https://www.greensboro.edu/school-of-the-arts.php# Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Raleigh Little Theatre
Established in 1936, Raleigh Little Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. They enjoy a unique variety of spaces, including the Sutton Theatre, the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, the outdoor Stephenson Amphitheatre, and the beautiful Raleigh Rose Garden. Their mission is to use theatre to enrich, educate, entertain, and engage volunteers, students, and audiences of all ages. They do this by producing innovative and sought after theatre, and by providing a diverse and dynamic education program to both adults and youth. Their upcoming production of Cinderella will run from December 4 – 20.

For more information about Raleigh Little Theatre, check out their website: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/index.html Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Studio 1
Studio 1 is a community-minded, non-profit theatre that serves Burlington and all of Alamance County. They strive to make a positive impact on their community by providing quality, unique performing arts programming and classes. This season, Studio 1 is offering a wide variety of programming, from Shakespeare’s classic Twelfth Night to An Evening of Original Works. Studio 1 also offers a wide variety of classes for youth and adults, including dance, voice, and make-up masterclasses. Keep an eye out for Studio 1’s upcoming productions of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, November 19-22, and The Diary of Anne Frank, December 10-13.

For more information about Studio 1, check out their website: http://www.studio1online.org/#!2015-16-season/c1cia Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. 

Thalian Association
The Thalian Association Community Theatre was named the Official State Community Theatre in 2007, and can trace its roots all the way back to 1788. Their mission is to provide arts education and the excitement of live theatre to the community of Wilmington, NC. The Thalian Association manages two performance spaces: the historic Thalian Hall, where they produce five mainstage shows a year, and the Red Barn Studio Theatre, where they produce a summer season and hold classes for their educational programming. Keep an eye out for their upcoming performance of Mame, running December 10 – 20.

For more information about the Thalian Association Community Theatre, check out their website at http://thalian.org/, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Warehouse Performance Center
The Warehouse provides the Lake Norman area with professional level theatre in an intimate setting. They are partnered with Studio C Cinema, and utilize their space to provide their community with quality theatre and film. Since they began their work in 2010, The Warehouse has showcased eclectic, entertaining theatre with professionally trained, committed artists, including the Tony Award Winning Red, by John Logan. Their intimate environment provides a unique show experience – performers and audiences up close and personal with little separation. Their upcoming show, Empty Plate in the Cafe Du Grand Boeuf, by Michael Hollinger, runs November 6-21.

For more information about The Warehouse Performance Center, check out their website:

http://www.warehousepac.com/ Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.



Danika Holmes and Jeb

July 10, 2016 at 7 pm at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.  All tickets $15, available at the door on the night of the show.

Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart will give you a concert to remember between Danika’s smooth vocals and Jeb’s guitar chops.  This duo from Nashville combines their own unique styles to create a new blend of acoustic pop and soul. Currently touring the US, you can hear them on Sirius XM’s coffeehouse station.  Mike Wolfe from American Pickers said, “She’s a true American talent… I couldn’t stop listening.”  To preview their music and download 3 free songs please visit http://www.danikaholmes.com.  

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Past Productions & Events

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Aerial Theatre Workshops at Burning Coal

ASYLUM PhotoBurning Coal Theatre Company Presents Three Aerial Theatre Workshops for Actors Taught by Only Child Aerial Theatre

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present three workshops in Aerial Theatre techniques taught by members of Only Child Aerial Theatre.  The workshops are Introduction to Embodied Storytelling with Nicki Miller (Sunday, October 25th from 5 to 7 pm), Apparatus as Environment with Nicki Miller (Saturday, October 31st from noon to 2 pm) and Straps Conditioning and Fundamentals (Intermediate Level Class) with Samantha Sterman (Saturday, October 31st from 3 to 5 pm).  Classes will take place at Burning Coal’s Murphey School auditorium, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  Each class is $45, or $80 for two classes, or $130 for three classes.  To register, or for additional information, please contact Burning Coal at 919.834.4001. Details will be available soon at burningcoal.org. Read More »

Listening to the Place

Burning Coal Theatre Company welcomes Andrea F. Bohlman, Ph.D., UNC-CH Assistant Professor of Music for a pre-show discussion entitled Listening to the Place.  This 50 minute discussion is open to anyone with a ticket for any performance of the Iron Curtain Trilogy ($5 for others).  NOTE: This event will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm at the Iron Curtain Trilogy Warehouse, 117 S. West Street, Raleigh.

Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band

Jun 22, 2014

$10  at the door

Burning Coal welcomes back Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band to our MusiCoal 2014 series. The performance will take place Sunday evening, June 22nd at 7 pm at Burning Coal’s Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. The concert will feature internationally-acclaimed guitarist Ed Stephenson with The Paco Band along with special guest, flamenco dancer Sarah Shelton.

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Musicologist and Author of Violins of Hope

Apr 12, 2014

Lecture by Dr. James A. Grymes

Internationally regarded musicologist Dr. James A. Grymes of Charlotte, NC will speak on Saturday, April 12th at 6 pm about his soon to be published book Violins of Hope.  Tickets are $5 at the door or FREE for anyone holding a ticket to any performance of Burning Coal’s The Diary of Anne Frank (April 3 – 27).  The talk will take place at Burning Coal’s theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  For details, please call 919.834.4001.

James A. Grymes is an internationally respected musicologist, a critically acclaimed author, and a dynamic speaker who has addressed audiences at settings ranging from prestigious academic conferences to significant public venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Dr. Grymes is Professor of Musicology and Interim Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

A leading authority on the Hungarian musician Ernst von Dohnányi, a forgotten hero of the Holocaust resistance who was later falsely accused of Nazi war crimes, Dr. Grymes is currently writing a book titled Violins of Hope.  A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.  Violins of Hope will be published by HarperCollins in August 2014.