"One hundred years. And much has changed. But much has endured. And that’s what I really want to discuss tonight."
Burning Coal Theatre stages this premiere original dramatization of the history of Rotary in North Carolina and the leaders who shaped the growth of Raleigh. The play is written by former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley and staged in the Burning Coal performance space in the Murphey School building on the corner of Polk and Person Streets in downtown Raleigh. The modest admission fee of $20 per ticket will benefit the nonprofit Theatre. NOTE: To purchase tickets, please click http://raleighrotary.bpt.me/.
Performances take place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday, November 23 matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.
November 6-8, 2014
7:30 p.m. on 11/6 - 11/8
$10 at the door
Burning Coal Theatre Company and NC State Dance Program will present State of Dance, the world premieres of five new short dance pieces created by five of the most exciting young, emergent dance makers in North Carolina November 6 – 9, 2014 The works will premiere at Burning Coal Theatre’s Murphey School Auditorium, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 6 – 8 at 7:30pm. All tickets are $10 and are available at the door. ALSO, in the month leading up to the performances, each choreographer will lead a FREE workshop and a FREE ‘open rehearsal’, both of which are open to the public. SEE BELOW for further details. Read More »
Past Productions & Events
The following shows/events have passed.
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.
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.
Estimated run time: 2 hours.
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.
Feb 3 – Feb 4, 2014
7:30 pm on Monday
7:30 pm on Tuesday
$10 at the door
Directed by Hellena Schiavo and Ilana Rozin
All proceeds will be donated to Interact of Wake County!
Actress, playwright, and political activist Eve Ensler was talking with a friend who was going through menopause in the 1990s when she was first struck by the way women spoke about their bodies, which she believed was a reflection of how they felt about themselves and their gender. Ensler was inspired to write a series of essays on women, their bodies, and the language they used to communicate about themselves which she adapted into a performance piece she called The Vagina Monologues. Opening at a tiny off-off-Broadway theater, The Vagina Monologues soon became a hit in New York City which spread around the world, becoming an international phenomenon.
Estimated run time: 2 hours.
Dec 14, 2013
Lecture by Pamela Shook
Burning Coal Theatre Company will hold its second “Lobby Lecture” of the 2013/2014 season, “Rise of the Puppets”, which will feature Pamela Shook of Blue Moon Puppets speaking on “The Rise of Puppetry as a Popular Art Form”, in conjunction with its current production, (Three Man) Tempest by William Shakespeare. The event will take place at 6 pm on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Tickets are $5 or free to anyone holding a ticket to any performance of (Three Man) Tempest and may be obtained at the door only.
(Three Man) Tempest continues its run at Burning Coal Theatre from December 5 – 22, 2013.
ABOUT THE PUPPETEER
Pamela Shook began her puppetry career with Atlanta’s Piccadilly Puppets in 1988. She found her way into puppetry through children’s theatre, and discovered that through this one magical medium, she could develop all her passions: acting, writing, music and visual arts. For six years she performed with Piccadilly while freelancing with other Atlanta theatres and puppet companies, including the Center for Puppetry Arts. In 1994, while performing with Suzy Ferriss at the Henson International Festival of Puppetry in NYC, she decided to start Blue Moon Puppets with her husband, fellow puppeteer Stephen Clifford.
Blue Moon (named during an actual blue moon)has been touring since 1995, performing multicultural and science-based children’s shows at festivals, libraries, schools and museums. Pamela and Stephen have appeared at venues from Piccolo Spoleto to the Kennedy Center. Pamela has also created custom puppets for theatres, film and video across the Southeast. This year, she wrote, produced, and created puppets for five puppet shows for Discovery Place museum in Charlotte, and helped train their staff to perform these permanent shows.
Oct 18, 2013
6:30 pm on Friday
The Capital Club
16 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
Tickets are $175 apiece or $300 per couple
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Inaugural Annual Fundraiser
Event will include food, drink, silent and live auctions, wine tree, live music, dancing, door prizes and dramatic performances from four of Shakespeare’s best beloved plays, presented by artists very special to the Burning Coal Theatre community.
Oct 2, 2013
7 pm on Wednesday
$5 Suggested Donation
Written by Ian Finley
Up From the Ground is an original play by 2012 Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley about how our heritage, hopes and values are reflected in the food we eat. Written as part of the Laureate program, Up From the Ground will receive its world-premier reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series. Read More »
Sep 22, 2013
Gregg Gelb and the Second Line Stompers are a NEW band based in the Raleigh area that plays New Orleans Jazz – sometimes described as Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz. Each player comes from many years of experience playing in and leading numerous different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, Dave Wright and the King Rippers, Atomic Rhythm All Stars, Countdown Quartet, Squirrel Nut Zippers, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Dick Gable All Stars, and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. The group has authentic New Orleans roots through Greg Cagle, our cornetist, who grew up listening to live performances in his house by authentic Traditional Jazz players in New York/New Jersey area and Steve Wing, our pianist, was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to jazz funeral bands and learned to play piano from his mother, the late composer and producer Lee Wing. Read More »
Sep 21, 2013
Burning Coal Theatre Company will hold its first “Lobby Lecture” of the 2013/2014 season, a panel discussion on the subject of global climate change, in conjunction with its current production, The Heretic by Richard Bean. The event will take place at 6 pm on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Tickets are $5 or free to anyone holding a ticket to any performance of The Heretic. Read More »