The 19th Amendment Project

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Aug 17 – Aug 30, 2020

Written by Various

Directed by TBA

Coproduced by The League of Women Voters of Wake County

Each film will cost $2 to view between its release date and September 30, 2020, or $25 for the entire 14 play cycle.

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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.  Each of the 14 plays will be released virtually, one at a time, between August Aug 17 – 30.  Tickets to view each 10 minute play will be $2 and will be available from the day each play is released through the end of September, 2020.

The playwrights expected to participate include Clare Bayley, Hannah Benitez, Susana Cook, Kelly Doyle, Jennifer Natalya Fink, Magdalena Gomez, Tamara Kissane, Carrie Knowles, Deb Margolin, Ruth Margraff, Kate R. Morris, MJ Perrin, Elaine Romero, Prageeta Sharma and Ariel Zetina.

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

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by Deb Margolin
presented by Raleigh Little Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 17, 2020

by Clare Bayley
presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 18, 2020

 APARTMENT 19: A Ten Minute Allegorical Play for Two Afro-Latinas
by Magdalena Gomez
presented by Agape Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 19, 2020

LOST MUSIC FROM THE HEART OF EVERYTHING (a suffrage aria for Amelia Himes Walker) by Ruth Margraff, music by Kamala Sankaram
Presented by NC Opera and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 20, 2020

by Carrie Knowles
presented by North Carolina Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 21, 2020

by Elaine Romero
presented by Justice Theatre Project and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 22, 2020

by Hannah Benitez
presented by Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 23, 2020

by MJ Perrin
presented by Theatre in the Park and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 24, 2020

by Prageeta Sharma and Ruth Morris
presented by Bulldog Theatre Ensemble and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 25, 2020

by Susana Cook
presented by NC Central University and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 26, 2020

by Tamara Kissane
presented by William Peace University and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 27, 2020

by Jennifer Natalya Fink
presented by the Gilbert Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 28, 2020

GERRYMANDERIA, or The Miss Earth Vacancy in the Miss Universe Pageant System
by Ariel Zetina
presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 29, 2020

by Kelly Doyle
presented by the Women’s Theatre Festival and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 30, 2020


Clare Bayley is a UK based writer whose plays include After The Peace (longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2019); Family Trees (Bolton Octagon and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough) The Enchantment (National Theatre London), Blue Sky (Hampstead Theatre, London and Burning Coal, Raleigh NC), Pixel Dust (Assembly, Edinburgh), On The March (Oxford Playhouse) and The Container (Edinburgh, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Rome and Burning Coal).   

Hannah Benitez, NYC, represented by Elaine Devlin Literary. Upcoming: Gringolandia- Zoetic Stage and Untitled- Miami New Drama. Recent: Dike - The New Work Theatre Workshop, Director Tatiana Pandiani 2050 Fellowship Project & developmental production with Urbanite Theatre. Adaptive Radiation-Denizen Theater, Ashe In Johannesburg- Burning Coal Theatre. End of the Exodus selected for the High Desert Play Development Workshop with Southwest Theatre Company in Las Cruces NM, workshop and consideration for the 2021/22 season. @hannahbenitezzz 

Susana Cook is an Argentinean-born New York-based experimental performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years.  An iconic figure of the East Village art scene from the mid 1990’s to the present, she has presented over 17 original plays at Dixon Place, P.S. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep and The Kitchen, among others. Her ensemble plays and monologues irreverently, boldly and cleverly tackle racism, homophobia, classism, and animal rights.

Kelly Doyle is a Raleigh based playwright.  She holds an MFA in play writing from Brown University.  Her play Blue was presented at Burning Coal Theatre in 2011.

Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of five acclaimed novels, including the  Doctorow Prize-winning  Bhopal Dance. She is the author/deviser of  30+ performance works. Her long-running collaboration with Julie Laffin in “Toxic Tango” and “Underbelly” has been produced internationally.  Fink is a Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, where she is Director of the Program in Disability Studies. Her disability memoir, All Our Families: Finding Our Disability Lineages, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2021. Fink received her PhD in Performance Studies from NYU and her MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Amanda Annis at Trident Media Group. More at

Magdalena Gómez is an award-winning performance poet, playwright, performer, teaching artist and highly sought after keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.  Her original series, Writing from the Belly, which she facilitated for women for over a decade at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was the training ground for the now yearly performance of Body Politics at the university.  She was also on the faculty of New WORLD Theater’s 2050 Project for several years, and has had her plays and performance poems produced in venues such as: INTAR; Pregones; Puerto Rican Traveling Theater; Boston Playwright’s Theater; HERE in NYC;  Ko Festival; Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts; BING Arts Center; Factory Theater (Boston); BAAD! among others.  She has received play development awards from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Arts International (in collaboration with the Augusta Savage Gallery) and an NEA Master Artist Award from Pregones Theater, among others. Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, a dramatization of her poems and monologues, was performed in 2013 to the critical acclaim of Off-Broadway audiences and was reprised to critical acclaim in 2014 at the Los Angeles Theater Center. The 2018 Washington D.C. Premiere at Gala Theater was brought back to PRTT off-Broadway that same year.

Tamara Kissane is a Durham based playwright and podcast host of The Artists’ Soapbox.  Her stage-plays have been produced by both hands theatre company, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and Women’s Theatre Festival. Her stage-plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 & 2018.  She is the host of Artist Soapbox, a weekly podcast featuring original audio fiction and interviews with Triangle/NC artists about their creative process.  She has worked with University Theatre at NC State, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Archipelago and both hands theatre company.  She is the current Piedmont Laureate.   Her play Thunderclap is being produced by William Peace University, directed by Amy Pridgen, featuring Lilly Mills, Jesse Farmer, Nicole Holmes.   WPU Theatre offers a competitive curriculum that ensures professional training in an environment conducive to academic study and creative expression. We challenge students to become artists, scholars, and educators that examine the symbiotic relationship of the arts and their communities. Classes are led by award-winning teachers who have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional world. Students train under an impressive network of faculty and guest artists whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, professional regional theatre, television, film, and radio, as well as strong academic achievements such as numerous publications, research presentations at prestigious international conferences, and teaching awards. More information on WPU’s four unique theatre major offerings (B.A. Theatre, B.F.A. Musical Theatre, B.A. Arts Administration, and B.A. Theatre Education) and Main Stage Productions can be found at

Carrie Knowles has published four novels, (Lillian’s Garden, Ashoan’s Rug, A Garden Wall in Provence, and The Inevitable Past), a collection of short fiction (Black Tie Optional) a memoir (The Last Childhood), and a writing workbook (A Self-Guided Workbook and Gentle Tour on Learning How to Write).  She writes a regular personal perspectives column for Psychology Today: Shifting Forward. She was the 2014 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction. 

Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of numerous plays, including Imagining Madoff, Turquoise, Critical Mass, and Bringing the Fishermen Home, as well as 11 solo performance plays which she has toured throughout the US. OBIE award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the Kesselring Prize for Playwriting, a Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright award, and the Richard H. Broadhead Prize for teaching excellence at Yale.

Ruth Margraff wrote 6 critically acclaimed martial arts operas with the late composer Fred Ho for the Apollo, Guggenheim Museum, LaMama, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her recent writing includes: Mirror Butterfly her jazz opera for climate refugees with Afro Yaqui Music Collective at New Hazlett Theater (Pittsburgh), Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (DC), National Ensemble Theater plenary (Tucson), 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum (Kurdistan, Iraq), and released on Innova Records at Red Rooster/Ginny’s and the National Jazz Museum (Harlem); Temptation of the Fresh Voluptuous for the Nisville Jazz Teatrski Festival (Serbia), Red Tape/Art Institute Ballroom (Chicago), Coe Marquis Series Sinclair Stage (Iowa); and haiku for Bella Gaia with NASA holographic imagery. With her Café Antarsia Ensemble she wrote Previously Blue, Three Graces, Wellspring, Judges 19: Black Lung Exhaling which have toured all over the US and internationally. Ruth has received awards from Rockefeller, McKnight, NEA, and Fulbright foundations, etc. She is a tenured Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Kate R. Morris is a playwright currently at large between Montana and Mexico. Her plays and performances have been hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago’s RhinoFest, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Old Marquer Theater in New Orleans and with BetweenTheLines Theatre in Missoula, MT. Her writing can be read in Funny Looking Dog Quarterly, Present Tense Pamphlets (Northwestern University Press) and at Infinity’s Kitchen, among others.

MJ Perrin’s plays have been produced throughout the United States. She’s a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awardee for Playwriting and a former member of the New Perspective Theatre’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab in New York City where her short play, Stepping Through Blood, was produced. Perrin received her MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University, where she is an Adjunct Professor III. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Elaine Romero is an award-winning playwright who has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions: Ford’s Theatre (Modern Slave), Arizona Theatre Company (Title IX), Goodman Theatre (Playwright’s Unit, A Work of Art), NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American Play Award).  This past season new productions included Like Heaven (Arizona Repertory Theatre), Undocumented (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Revoluciones (Latino Theatre Company with Foro Shakespeare/Mexico), and Bloody River (Union College).

Her war tetralogy includes Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award), A Work of Art, developed as part of the Goodman Theatre Playwright’s Unit, and the upcoming Rain of RuinGraveyard of Empires (16th Street Theatre) and A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists/Goodman Theatre) premiered in Chicago, and Revoluciones (LATC). At Headlands Center for the Arts, Elaine began the final play of the project, When Reason Sleeps. 

Modern Slave was featured at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. It received readings at ACT (Seattle), Victory Gardens (Chicago) and the Road Theatre (LA).

Prageeta Sharma is the author of the poetry collections Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019), Undergloom (Fence Books, 2013), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004), which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Bliss to Fill (Subpress, 2000). She is the founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art. A recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, she has taught at the University of Montana and now teaches at Pomona College.

Ariel Zetina is a Chicago based artist, focusing in music, deejaying, and writing. Plays include Pink Milk, Mechanisms of Fidelity, and British Honduras Fantasy [honorable mention on Kilroy List 2016 and Steppenwolf’s Mix list 2018]. She released her fourth EP “MUA’s at the End of the World” on the label Femme Culture in 2020, is a resident DJ at the legendary Chicago club Smartbar, and is thrilled to be working at Burning Coal.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.


Past Productions & Events

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DARK VANILLA JUNGLE at the Camden Fringe Festival

Dark Vanilla Jungle

(Photo by Tiphaine Betscher)


Burning Coal Theatre at the Camden Fringe Festival – August 10 – 14, 2016
Cockpit Theatre, London, England

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, North Carolina returns to the Cockpit with Philip Ridley’s brutal 70 minute “Dark Vanilla Jungle”.  

A scalding play about a young woman trying to come to terms with a terrible breach of trust.

In November, 2014, Burning Coal brought over David Edgar’s roaring Iron Curtain Trilogy (4-stars, Michael Billington, Guardian).

The company returns with Philip Ridley’s quietly devastating masterpiece.

Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th August – 9:00pm
Sunday 14th August – 8:30pm

All Tickets: £10 at


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. 

In 1989, the choir purchased its first permanent rehearsal facility, which is still used today. Located on Ridge Road, the building had previously been used as a church and a home. The Raleigh Boychoir made extensive renovations to the facility in 2011 to make it more accessible, functional and visually appealing. The renovations also made the facility a perfect rental choice for small choral or instrumental groups, music teachers, book clubs and the like. 

Today, The Raleigh Boychoir holds fast to many of the same traditions that were established more than 40 years ago. Yet the choir continues to evolve and grow with each generation of boys it serves. Highly regarded in the arts community, The Raleigh Boychoir maintains the same vibrancy, professionalism and quality that have set it apart since its beginnings in 1968.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Lobby Lecture for Skylight

Prior to  


Burning Coal Theatre Company celebrates 20 years with a panel discussion featuring three community leaders and long-time company supporters. Together, they will explore the company’s origins, early history and the wonderful history of our home, the Murphey School Auditorium, the first Raleigh school to be integrated. We invite all of our old flames to reminisce about our shared achievements, and to welcome newcomers into the Burning Coal Theatre Company family.

The discussion will be held at the Murphey Theatre, Saturday October 15th from 6pm-6:50 pm, prior to that evenings showing of Skylight by David Hare. Ticket holders for any performance of Skylight are invited free of charge! Reserve your tickets online or call 919-834-4001.



Alec Donaldson is a corporate and securities lawyer with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton in Raleigh. He has known Jerome Davis and has attended Burning Coal productions since the Theatre’s first year of operations. He joined the Burning Coal Board of Directors in January 2014.He has appeared in two Burning Coal productions, Sunday in the Park with George and Spoonface Steinberg, and will appear in its upcoming Written on the Heart.He has loved theater since he saw his first production at age 5. He attended UNC Chapel Hill where he was a member of Playmakers Theater.He has served on the Board of Directors of both the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Simmie Kastner is a Leader of Quality Assurance for Fidelity National Financial and Institutional Wealth Services products.She studied theatre at Northwestern University and received degrees from American University in Painting and Computer Science.She has worked on several productions at Burning Coal, including Rat in the Skull, Love’s Labours Lost, Winding the Ball, St. Nicholas, Night and Day, The Weir, Macbeth, Watership Down, A Doll House, The Mound Builders, Company, Road to Mecca, and Travesties.

Greg Paul has performed in 20 Burning Coal productions, most recently in the Iron Curtain Trilogy in London. Greg served on the Burning Coal Board of Directors, including two terms as Chair. His company, Greg Paul Builders, renovated the Murphey School Auditorium in 2007.

We look forward to the opportunity of celebrating Burning Coal’s and the community’s shared accomplishments and visions for the future. We hope to see you there!


rode-hard-2BCT 20th Anniversary Kickoff

Rode Hard the Band will rock the Murphey School on Sunday, September 18, from 2 to 4 pm. as Burning Coal celebrates the start of its 20th anniversary season. Come for great music in a great venue and celebrate with us! Tickets are free to 2016/2017 season subscribers or $10 general admission.  All proceeds will go to Burning Coal’s roof-replacement fund. Click here to subscribe. Or call the theatre at 919-834-4001 to purchase tickets to the kickoff. 

Rode Hard the Band is so named because its members are, as they say, “men of a certain age.” Read more about them here.

Formed about five years ago, the group came together from friendships among members. Attorney Richard Nordan and Jim Jenkins of The News & Observer starting playing bluegrass together on Sunday afternoons, and soon attorneys Duncan McMillan and Steve Petersen joined them.

Then came attorney Wade Smith and John Crumpler, a venture capitalist, and Judge Mike Payne and Podiatrist Bruce Fawcett. Tommy Goldsmith, retired editor of The News & Observer, plays and previously was a professional musician in Nashville. (And has always been a cousin of McMillan and Jenkins.)

 Randy Woodson, then the new chancellor at NC State University, signed on after Jenkins invited him upon finding out he played guitar. Ron McFarlane came aboard after meeting Woodson and Jenkins through his wife, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. The Rev. John Fawcett, son of Bruce Fawcett, plays multiple instruments with the band, and Joe Newberry, a Raleigh-based professional musician and songwriter who regularly appears on “Prairie Home Companion,” plays with the group periodically.

Newest members are Harry Tueting and his wife, Debbie Dunn. Harry is the owner of Harry’s Guitar Shop and Debbie is in charge of entertainment venues with the town of Garner and is a professional singer.

The group plays every Sunday afternoon at Jenkins’ apartment. The friendship among members is the most important part of the group, by all accounts. When he leaves every Sunday, Bruce Fawcett turns to the members with his hand over his heart and says, “I love you guys.” The feeling among all is mutual.

Shakespeare Marathon


Shakespeare Marathon_final logo designBurning 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 noon on April 23, 2016 until about 6 am on Thursday, April 28, 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 at and recorded for later viewing thanks to a grant from our friends at Red Hat (read more here). Burning Coal, the professional theatre company based in Raleigh, will produce the marathon. Participating companies are listed below. For additional information, please contact Burning Coal 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,
There are other events in the world for this anniversary, and it’s here !


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.
For information about wheelchair accessibility for the visiting companies, please click here.


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, Fuse, is among the most active and respected in the state. 

Marathon Schedule

4/23/16 ∙ noon ∙ Henry VI, Part 1  Flat Rock Playhouse  ∙ Watch play
4/23/16  3 pm  Henry VI, Part 2  Davidson College Theatre Dept. Watch
4/23/16  6 pm  Henry VI, Part 3  TBA  ∙ Watch play
4/23/16  9 pm  Richard III  Broughton High School  ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  midnight  The Comedy of Errors  Gilbert Theatre  ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  3 am  Titus Andronicus  Raleigh Little Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  6 am  The Taming of the Shrew  TBA Watch play
4/24/16  9 am  Two Gentlemen of Verona  Raleigh Charter School with Seed Art Share ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  noon  Love’s Labours Lost ∙ North Carolina Wesleyan College ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  3 pm  Romeo & Juliet  Greensboro College ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  6 pm  Richard II ∙ In/Visible Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/24/16  9 pm  A Midsummer Night’s Dream ∙ Appalachian State University ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  midnight  King John  Theatre in the Park ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  3 am  The Merchant of Venice  The Justice Theatre Project ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  6 am  Henry IV, Part 1  Neuse Little Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  9 am  Henry IV, Part 2  Barton College ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  noon  Much Ado About Nothing  Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  3 pm  Henry V  Chickspeare ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  6 pm  Julius Caesar  Duke University:  Duke Players ∙ Watch play
4/25/16  9 pm  As You Like It ∙ TBA ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  midnight  Twelfth Night  Bare Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  3 am  Hamlet  Dram Tree Shakespeare Co. ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  6 am  The Merry Wives of Windsor  Sweet Tea Shakespeare & Fayetteville State ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  9 am  Troilus and Cressida  Honest Pint Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  noon  All’s Well That Ends Well  Ensemble Stage ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  3 pm  Measure for Measure  Louisburg College ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  6 pm  Othello  The Blue Masque at Catawba College ∙ Watch play
4/26/16  9 pm  King Lear  PlayMakers Repertory Company ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  midnight – Macbeth  William Peace University ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  3 am  Antony and Cleopatra  Duke University: Antic Shakespeare ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  6 am  Coriolanus  Burning Coal Theatre Company ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  9 am  Timon of Athens  UNC-Pembroke ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  noon  Pericles, Prince of Tyre  Brunswick Little Theatre ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  3 pm  Cymbeline  NC Central University ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  6 pm  The Winter’s Tale  Studio 1 ∙ Watch play
4/27/16  9 pm  The Tempest  Twin City Stage ∙ Watch play
4/28/16  midnight  Henry VIII  Warehouse Performance Center ∙ Watch play
4/28/16  3 am  The Two Noble Kinsmen  Stillwater Theatre Company ∙ Watch play

Participating Theatres

Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College

The Abbey Players of Belmont Abbey College were founded in 1883, and have been an integral part of campus life for over a century. At present, the theatre produces six shows a year, representing a wide repertoire of drama, comedy and musicals. Recent notable productions have included Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Anne Nelson’s The Guys and Kaufman and Ferber’s The Royal Family. In addition, the Players present The Abbey Shakespeare Series, an ongoing project dedicated to producing each of William Shakespeare’s plays. Check out their website at about/overview/performing-arts/abbey-players/. Click here for cast list and play description and here for the video !

aaa - activate community through theatreAppalachian State

The Department of Theatre at Appalachian State University offers a BA in Theatre, with concentrations in General Theatre, Performance, Design/Tech, and Theatre Education. Appalachian offers study abroad opportunities in England, France, and Italy, and regularly participates in NCTC, SETC, KCACTF, and USITT. The Theatre Department also hosts a wide range of student clubs, including the Appalachian Musical Theatre Club and the Women’s Theatre Troupe. Be sure to catch their spring production of the Tony Award Winning play Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, in February of 2016. To learn more about the Theatre program at Appalachian, check out their website at http://theatreanddance. Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description. 

Bare TheatreBare Theatre

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. Recently, they presented a critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Check out Bare Theatre’s website at and follow them on Facebook, twitter, and instagram: @BareTheatre. Click here for cast list and play description and here for the videos !

Barton College

The theatre program at Barton College combines the benefits of a focused, profession-oriented program with a broad, nurturing, liberal arts experience. Their BA program offers concentrations in design, management, and performance. Barton College produces four main stage productions a year, as well as student and faculty produced shows. Their premiere performance facility is the Kennedy Family Theatre, built in 2009, which offers a state-of-the-art venue to teach the dramatic arts. Their production of Peter Pan: The Musical ran in November, 2015. For more information on Barton College’s Theatre Program, visit their website at theatre/ or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description.

Broughton High School

Located in the heart of Raleigh, NC, near North Carolina State University, Needham B. Broughton is the oldest of 27 high schools in the Wake County Public School System. In 1929, Broughton began a tradition of excellence that continues today.
As Wake County’s only Global Studies Magnet Program high school, Broughton offers innovative global learning experiences that inspire students to be thoughtful, reflective, service-minded citizens who enjoy learning and contribute effectively within the local-to-global community. Broughton students engage with global themes embedded within the curriculum of all courses, and they have the opportunity participate in expanded options for global elective courses organized through project-based units. Click here for cast list and play description and click here for videos !IMG_20141006_185258_618

Brunswick Little Theatre

Brunswick Little Theatre, located in Southport, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create an awareness and appreciation of the performing arts in the greater Brunswick County area and to produce quality theatre while educating the residents of Brunswick County in the various aspects of the performing arts, including the technical aspects of theatre. In addition, Brunswick Little Theatre includes The Stagestruck Players, a children’s production company, and the Let’s PLAY! Children’s Theater Workshops. For more information about Theater program at Brunswick Little Theatre, visit their website at . Click here for cast list and play description.

SMALL CompanyBurning Coal Theatre Company

Burning Coal is a small professional theatre company and an incorporated, non-profit organization. Burning Coal produces literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen. They emphasize works that are felt and experienced viscerally. Using the best local, national and international artists available, they produce explosive re-examinations of overlooked classics, modern and contemporary plays that address issues and themes poignant in their community. Housed in the historic Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, Burning Coal focuses on plays with a global perspective.  In November, 2014 they presented the world premiere of David Edgar’s Iron Curtain Trilogy, then took it (and a company of 38) to London’s Cockpit Theatre for a three week run.  The Trilogy garnered a 4-star review from the dean of London theatre critics, Michael Billington (Guardian). In the spring of 2016, Burning Coal will present two US premieres, Blue Sky by Clare Bayley in collaboration with (and performed at) CAM/Raleigh January 28 – February 14, 2016 and Lee Hall’s Spoonface Steinberg April 7 – April 24. For more information about Burning Coal, check out their website at Click here for cast list and play description and here for their videos !

Catawba College’s The Blue Masque

Catawba College, located in Salisbury, NC, is ranked as #17 for “Best College Theatre” according to the Princeton Review. Their program offers a BA in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Education, a BFA in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre, and a BS in Theatre Arts Administration. Catawba hosts several professional artists each semester to provide masters classes and seminars, as well as study abroad opportunities in places such as England, Costa Rica, Japan, Estonia, or Italy. Go and see their spring production of Eurydice, running in February. For more information on Catawba College’s Theatre program, visit their website at schools/performing-arts/theatre-arts/overview/ Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description.

aaa- chickspeareChickspeare

Chickspeare is an all-female Shakespeare Company that started performing shows in 1998 at (the now defunct) Johnson Brewery in Charlotte, NC. While over the years they have become best known for their Shakespeare “abridging/fast-forwarding/rewinding” brewery shows, they have also produced numerous full length productions including MacBeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceasar, and Winter’s Tale. Currently Chickspeare performs their ChicksBEER Series throughout the year at NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte, NC. As an all-female Shakespeare Company, Chickspeare has been breaking gender barriers, giving women the opportunity to explore characters not otherwise available to them in most modern productions of Shakespeare. Chickspeare’s shows engage the audience and provide a creative, provocative environment for female actors to explore and experience Shakespeare’s plays. This desire to break down gender barriers for women in Shakespeare fuels the next stage of Chickspeare’s future. While the company continues to be a vehicle for women and girls to explore their performance of Shakespeare’s roles, the company plans to promote the development of new plays, providing the voices of female playwrights the opportunity to create new work based on Shakespeare’s plays. To learn more about Chickspeare, read about them in Shakespeare and Gender in Practice by Terri Power. A part of the Shakespeare in Practice series, it explores theoretical and practical approaches to performing gender in contemporary Shakespeare productions. Check out their website at chickspeare-history/ or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@chickspeare). Click here for cast list and play description or here for the videos !

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Davidson College

Davidson serves its students by teaching and creating theatre as a discipline in the context of a traditional liberal arts institution. All Davidson students are encouraged to audition for our plays and partake in our classes regardless of major. The Theatre Department is committed to one core value — our students’ intellectual and artistic growth.  We believe the theatre is a unique portal that can open the minds of our students to new ways of thinking.  The theatre is a place where we can ponder our mortality and celebrate our humanity. Check out their website at here for cast list and play description.


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 “The Scottish Play” 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: index.html or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description.

Duke University: Antic Shakespeare

Antic Shakespeare is located in Durham. Their mission is to be a completely Shakespeare-centered organization dedicated to bringing together actors, directors, designers, and dramaturges of all backgrounds and academic majors to foster an interest in the playwright’s works, within the Duke community and beyond. Antic Shakespeare aims to keep Shakespeare relevant to members and audiences while breathing life into the performance and innovative exploration of his works. Members of Antic Shakespeare intend to collaborate with various experts and professional Shakespearean troupes to better fulfill the purpose of the organization. For more information about Antic Shakespeare, check out their website at https://duke.collegiate Click here for cast list and play description.

Duke University: Duke Players

Duke Players is the student organization in the Department of Theater Studies. Its members support the Department’s productions by running auditions and working on production crews, promoting participation in theater by all Duke students, and by representing the interests of students who are involved in Theater Studies. Duke Players also produces one lab production each semester in addition to the Orientation Show it produces to acquaint incoming freshmen with the riches of theater at Duke. its next performance will be Duke Player Lab Theater (title tba) in Brody Theater from March 31 through April 2. To learn more about Theater program at Duke university, check out its website: or stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description.

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. Recently, they performed their radio play, “The Wolf Man” adapted from the 1941 feature film.  For more information about Ensemble Stage, check them out on Facebook and on their website: or follow them on twitter @EnsembleStag. Click here for cast list and play description.

aaa FlatRockPlayhouseFlat 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.  Recently, Flat Rock Playhouse presented the world premiere of the Broadway bound new musical Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz.  Check out the Flat Rock Playhouse website for more information or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description and here for the videos.

aaa gilbert theatreGilbert Theatre

The Gilbert Theater is a semi-professional, community-minded theatre company and conservatory serving Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the surrounding area. Robyne Parrish is the Artistic Director, now in her fourth season. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation producing up to six plays and musicals per year, offerings in the summer Next Stage, as well as a full slate of theater-minded classes for students of all ages in our Gilbert Conservatory and Gilbert Glee initiatives. As a semi-professional theatre, we meld the traditions of volunteerism, camaraderie, and entertainment of community theater, with the artistic goals, education, and professional staff of regional theater. The mission of the Gilbert Theater is to produce creative, innovative plays and events to stir audiences and students of its conservatory to explore and contemplate the human condition through the talents of local and guest artists.The Gilbert continues to actively explore ways to engage with our diverse community in regards to the representation of culture, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and disability on and off stage. We create more opportunities for actors and other artists who have been historically underrepresented on and off the stage. Click here for cast list and play description.  Bill Bowman and Robyne Parrish, the artistic director of Gilbert theatre present the theatre, click here !

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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. In November, Greensboro College hosted the NCTC State Play Championships. For more information about the Department of Theatre at Greensboro College, visit their website: or follow them on Facebook or Twitter or click here to watch their videos. Click here for the cast list and play description.


Honest Pint Theatre

David Henderson is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Honest Pint Theatre Company located in Raleigh. They believe Theatre has the power to illuminate, transform and heal; experiencing theatre is essential for communities to thrive; in surprising our audiences; Theatre should be intimate, engaging, emotionally powerful, and affordable to everyone; Theatre should be HONEST; Audiences should get what they pay for! This summer, Hamlet will be play. For more information about Theater program at The Honest Pint Theatre Company, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook. Click here for cast list and play description.

IndieVisible 2In/Visible Theatre

In/Visible Theatre of Boone explores unseen people, unheard voices, and unasked questions.  Producing since 2012, In/Visible has sent shows to festivals in New Mexico, Maine, and Los Angeles, and their show Bumbershoot was named one of the “Best of the Fest” in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. 2016 is the second year in which An Appalachian Summer Festival at Appalachian State University has commissioned a new play from In/Visible Theatre.  Our work is specific to the complexity that is Boone, North Carolina, a growing college town in central Appalachia.  We think that creating high-quality, inclusive art makes our community a better place, and makes us better people, whether we are theatre artists, supporters, audiences, students, or friends.  Think you might be interested in sitting in a room for a while with other thoughtful people also interested in beauty, truth, complexity, and the potential of art to improve the world?  Come see us at Click here for cast list and play description and here for the videos !

Justice Theatre ProjectThe Justice Theatre Project

Since 2004, The Justice Theatre Project (JTP) has produced professional shows combined with discussion, outreach and advocacy.  JTP turns no one away that is unable to purchase a ticket, while paying a wage to all of our professional staff, actors, and crew members.  We produce three main stage productions each season that focus on a singular topic of social concern,and an annual holiday production of “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes. Summer’s we provide youth summer theater camps in three locations, working with Passage Home at The Safety Club in downtown Raleigh, students in North Raleigh at The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, and in Durham at the Emily K Center. All camps provide an extraordinary amount of scholarships, and a fair wage for the professional and support staff. Click here for cast list and play description.

Louisburg College

Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is committed to offering a supportive community, which nurtures young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically, and spiritually. As a two-year residential institution, it provides a bridge for students to make a successful transition from high school to senior colleges and universities. The Drama Program at Louisburg College, after a period of dormancy, was re-instituted in the spring of 2012, with a student production of several 10-minute plays from the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Since then, the Norris Theatre has hosted several professional, community-based, and student productions, including Godspell, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Christmas Bus, The Miracle Worker, Home, John and Jen, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This spring, in addition to our reading for the Shakespeare Marathon, we will be presenting a new work by Walter Williamson, Victoria’s Boy, and also presenting our spring musical, Once Upon A Mattress. For more information on their program, check out their website at Click here for cast list and play description.

NC Central University

North Carolina Central University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has a long and vibrant history. First established in 1948, the department has since grown to provide an extensive education to their students. NCCU offers six different degrees in Theatre Studies, including Theatre Education, Technical Theatre, General Theatre, Performance, Theatre Administration, and Theatre Communications. The department also hosts visiting guest artists and pushes their students to gain professional experience through summer theatre programs and dinner theatres. Check out their upcoming production of Hurt Village in February.  For more information about The Department of Theatre and Dance at NCCU, visit their website at sciences/theatredrama/index.cfm or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description and here for the videos !

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Chartered by the State of North Carolina on October 25, 1956.  North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private four-year liberal arts college and a local and regional center for the performing, visual, and literary arts. The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts houses a large theater, a recital hall, two galleries, classrooms, and a spacious lobby (which is routinely used for receptions, banquets, and dinner theatre productions). The facility is also home to the NC Wesleyan Theatre Program which offers students a BA in Entertainment/Theatre, with a broad-based curriculum and production season.  The Dunn Center supports an annual series of concerts and performances with season and individual tickets available through the Belk Box Office. . In addition to the residential campus in Rocky Mount, the College offers an adult degree program at ten satellite campus sites.  Visit their website at Click her for cast list and play description. 2013 10 06_9636

Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse Little Theatre has been a vital part of the cultural heritage in Smithfield since 1974, bringing such shows as Wizard of Oz, Grease, and Cinderella to Smithfield. This community theatre produces five plays each year. The next show The Night of the Iguana will be February 19 – 21 and 26-27, 2016. For more information about Neuse Little Theatre, check out their website at Click here for cast list and play description.

Photo: Jenny GrahamPlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company, led by new Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch, is the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. PlayMakers presents a 6-play Mainstage Season in the 550-seat Paul Green Theatre, along with the 3-play PRC2 Series in the more intimate 265-seat Kenan Theatre, both located in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art. PlayMakers stages reimagined classics as well as the best in contemporary theatre, including drama, comedy and musicals. The artists appearing onstage and working behind the scenes to make PlayMakers’ productions truly memorable and entertaining are nationally recognized talents. PlayMakers has been named “One of the Best Regional Theaters in America” by The Drama League of New York and “one of America’s leading theatre companies” by American Theatre magazine. INDY Week calls PlayMakers the “Best Live Theater Company in the Triangle.” The North Carolina Theatre Conference has honored PlayMakers as “Professional Theatre of the Year” and Triangle Business Journal named the company among the inaugural recipients of its Leaders in Diversity Award. For more information on PlayMakers, check out their website at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description and here for their videos !


Raleigh Charter School with Seed Art Share

Their team included teachers, artists, musicians, nutritionists, students, psychologists, social workers, parents, children, actors, professionals, and general lovers of people.  They desired to love and serve people in the artistic, college, and inner city Raleigh community.
As artists; however, they recognized a greater need to support the creative neighborhood that is downtown Raleigh. The goal has never been to be just a venue or child-care facility. They want to support and serve the Raleigh arts community and their families through events, performances, and community partnerships. They want to bump heads with people from different backgrounds, disciplines, theologies, and lives. While many details are still up for more brainstorming, they want to do something big here. As a team, They are driven by hospitality, grace, and a desire to see people sharing space and resources. They hope to create an open environment to grow crafts and relationships. Click here for the cast list and play description and here for their video !

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. For more information about Raleigh Little Theatre, check out their website: or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description and here for their videos !

Stillwater Theatre Company

Stillwater Theatre Company, located in Raleigh, strives to create stirring, passionate and thought provoking theatre that will engage and inspire our audience. Stillwater Theatre’s primary tasks are to serve the community as a resource for new feminine artistic voices; to forge new relationships with future generations of artists and audiences through outreach and volunteer programs; to celebrate the creative artistic experience. While the essential mission will remain focused on providing classic and new dramas, they are committed in their residency with Meredith College to explore philosophical, cultural, and educational possibilities through the experience of theatre. Stillwater is focused on promoting women’s issues in theatre and providing an atmosphere where women can foster strong characters and stories. This experience will provide both the professional artist and student with opportunities that extend beyond their professional or academic endeavors. For more information about Stillwater Theatre, check out their website: Click here for cast list and play description.

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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 master classes. The recently completed performances of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in November and The Diary of Anne Frank in December.   For more information about Studio 1, check out their website:!2015-16-season/c1cia or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here to watch the video created by Studio for the Shakespeare Marathon !nClick here for cast list and play description. 

Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Fayetteville State

Sweet Tea Shakespeare seeks to celebrate the wonder of Shakespeare by providing simple, elemental, magical theatre experiences in an atmosphere of beauty and community.Sweet Tea Shakespeare imagines, enacts, and embraces theatre in the spirit of Shakespeare and early modern performance as it seeks to employ the ingenuity and drive behind Shakespeare’s own company through productions, workshops, training, music, and community engagement. 

The goals of Sweet Tea Shakespeare are to vitalize the performance of Shakespeare and other drama for the diverse communities of Southeast North Carolina and the Sandhills by presenting inspiring, accessible, literate, experiential theatrical performance; to foster community and fellowship around the enterprise of theatre in outdoor and other beautiful spaces; to provide exceptional avenues for artists and audiences of all backerounds to take part in recovering the joys of Shakespeare and live performance.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a function of Fayetteville State University and enjoys support from FSU Friends of the Arts and FSU Foundation, Inc. For more information, please visit their website at or click here for watching their video presentation. Click here for the cast list and the play description.

Theatre in the Park

Theatre In The Park, located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements, with more than 40,000 people attending our programming last year alone. The mission of Theatre In The Park is to provide a quality theatre experience to a diverse audience base in Raleigh and the surrounding areas. Further, to offer the public an opportunity to see and participate in high quality dramatic classes and productions. Theatre In The Park’s mission also includes involving the community in the creation and development of live theatre to nurture a general appreciation and respect for the arts. Their next show The Underpants will be from February 5 through February 21. For more information about Theater program, check out their website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description. 


Twin City Stage

Founded as The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem in 1935, Twin City Stage has a long and vibrant history of providing high quality theatre in the Piedmont Triad.  With an inimitable band of volunteers, the theatre company produces several plays and musicals each year to the delight of its patrons.  It also offers classes and summer camps to kids pre-K through 12th grade, ensuring that live theatre will continue to thrive for generations to come. Click here for cast list and play description. And if you want a great presentation of Twin City Stage, click here.

UNC Pembroke

Their theatre department offers intensive courses for students wanting professional careers in theatre arts. They boast a world- class professional and academic faculty with decades of experience in professional Theatre/Film/Television acting, theatre directing, and theatre design. Their beautiful theatre, “the Givens Performing Arts Center “was recently ranked among the 25 most amazing performing arts centers in the nation. Their Showcase Studio Theatre is a wonderfully intimate black box space, designed specifically for students to create their own projects; a space where students can act, direct, and design their own shows with their own budgets, funded and mentored by the Theatre Arts Department. Visit their website at departments/english-theatre-and-foreign-languages/programs/theatre. Click here for cast list and play description.


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 most recent production was Empty Plate in the Cafe Du Grand Boeuf, by Michael Hollinger.  For more information about The Warehouse Performance Center, visit their website: or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description. Please click here for the videos !

William Peace University

The William Peace Theatre Company, located in Raleigh, NC, empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists who lead and serve by live theatre as a courageous, authentic and collaborative act. The program offers both a BA in Theatre and a BFA in Musical theatre through their intense, specialized, and synchronized curriculum. Students benefit from the “Broadway Comes to Peace” concerts, which bring Broadway performing artists to Peace every year to provide master classes, as well as many study abroad opportunities. Peace recently presented The Music Man, and will present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in March. For more information on their program, check out their website at wpu/ae/william-peace-theatre/2015-16-theatre-season or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Click here for cast list and play description and click here for the videos !


Red Hat Confirms Technology Grant for Shakespeare Marathon

Red Hat logo as jpegBurning Coal Theatre Company is very happy to announce that Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has agreed to fund the live streaming and video recording of the upcoming Shakespeare Marathon.  Live Streaming Link can be found here:

The Red Hat technology grant will fund the contracting of Performedia, Inc. of Washington, DC,  to live stream and record the entire 5 ½ day marathon reading of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays April 23 – 28, 2016 at the North Carolina Museum of History. The marathon commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

“Red Hat is proud to support the Shakespeare Marathon,” said John Adams, senior director of Global Brand Strategy and Management, Red Hat. “Encouraging community-powered collaboration and building a vital cultural commons resonates with our open source values, and helping Burning Coal with this project seemed a natural fit.”

Admission to the marathon is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the door. The Museum of History, the co-presenter of the marathon, is located at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh. The readings will take place in the Daniels Auditorium on the first floor of the museum. For a list of the 38 participating theatre companies, the plays they will be reading, and each theatre’s starting time, please visit

For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.

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Burning Coal Theatre Company is one of Raleigh’s professional theatre companies.  Burning Coal is an incorporated, non-profit [501 (c) (3)] organization. Burning Coal’s mission is to produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen. Burning Coal produces explosive reexaminations of overlooked classic and modern plays, as well as new plays, whose themes and issues are of immediate concern to our audience, using the best local, national and international artists available. We work toward a theatre of high-energy performances and minimalist production values. The emphasis is on literate works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional linear plays, at which audiences are most often asked to observe without participating. Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.

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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.

Paco Band Bios

As a native of Virginia Beach, VA, Cat Albanese got her start playing locally and touring nationally as a percussionist for various indie-label bands. Currently, she is the percussionist for Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band and Bull City Syndicate. Her original songs are showcased in a past project with American Manna entitled “The Story & The Score,” available on iTunes. Cat teaches piano at Neighborhood Academy of Music. Her favorite places are the beach and on a stage.

Ryan Johnson is a well-known guitarist and musician in the Raleigh area. He is a founding member of Blatant Disarray, a project he continues to perform with. Ryan has composed and recorded for Disney with his music on amusement park ride “Sum of All Thrills” at Epcot in Disney World. Discography: “Esencia” with Ed Stephenson & Inos Flamenca, “The Harbinger” and “Everyone Dies Alone” with Blatant Disarray, and “Gignesthai” with Dreamscapes of the Perverse.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hannah Newberry performs with Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band as a bassist, percussionist, singer, and guitarist. In addition to performing in the Paco Band, Newberry is also the singer and guitarist for the experimental punk band, Corporate Herpes, who organize their own shows all over the triangle area. She studies classical music and music theory, allowing her to expand her repertoire and perform with ensembles of various genres.

After years of fascination and searching for classes, Ms. Shelton began her flamenco studies in Durham, North Carolina with Carlota Santana. Two years later she took her first trip to Seville, Spain to study the art form in its birthplace and focus on flamenco puro- the most traditional, gypsy style. In 2007 she returned to Spain for 8 months to study flamenco intensively. Her teachers include La Farruca, La Faraona, Angelita Vargas, Javier Heredia, and El Oruco in Seville and Cihtli Ocampo of Arte y Pureza in the United States. Ms. Shelton has been teaching and performing in North Carolina for years, in festivals, schools, restaurants, as well as with the North Carolina Opera and more recently with the Paco Band. Though passionate about flamenco dance, Ms. Shelton is a scientist by training with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental science, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering.

Born in Toronto, Raleigh-based guitarist and Liscio recording artist, Ed (Stefanyshyn) Stephenson’s virtuosity extends throughout the Spanish and Nuevo Flamenco genres. In addition to performing throughout North America as a soloist and with his Nuevo Flamenco ensemble, the Paco Band, Stephenson has invested locally through performances with The North Carolina Symphony, The North Carolina Theater, The North Carolina Bach Festival, and The North Carolina Guitar Quartet. His extensive repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary, assumes necessary flexibility, therefore accommodating any event.

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.