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.

The lineup is Kevin Brown, whose strong tenor leads, rhythm guitar and songwriting frame the band’s sound; Casey Elder, expertly playing the mandolin and dobro; award-winning fiddler Stephen Fraleigh, also playing the banjo; bassist Dennis Hoyle setting the beat; and vocalist Ann Searcy, adding bluesy leads and spot-on harmony singing.

Swift Creek’s debut CD “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” was produced at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and released in August 2012. Tracks from the CD have been featured on radio, including WQDR’s “Pinecone Bluegrass” show and WUNC’s “Back Porch Music.”

The band reached the 100-show milestone recently, with performances at many well-known area venues.

Find us at: www.swiftcreekmusic.com

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Katelyn Read

Oct 2, 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.

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 »

On Her Chemise

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 at 7 pm.  On Her Chemise is an original play by Derek Davidson (ph.D., University of Washington), who currently teaches Playwriting, Script Analysis and Early Theatre History at Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Karen Sabo, are co-founders of In/Visible, a professional theatre company based in Boone, North Carolina.

On Her Chemise will receive a staged reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, February 11th, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series. Read More »

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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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 »

Mental Health Care in America: Past, Present, and Future

Oct 24, 2015

Lecture by Marci White

6:00 pm

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.


Past Productions & Events

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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.

The Vagina Monologues: Raleigh 2014

Feb 3 – Feb 4, 2014

7:30 pm on Monday
7:30 pm on Tuesday

$10  at the door

Murphey School Auditorium

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.