Concurrent with each mainstage production, Burning Coal will present one or more lectures conducted by guest scholars on topics central to the theme of the play being presented. These lectures will be presented at 6:00 pm prior to the play performance and will be free to anyone holding a reservation for any performance of the play (limited seating – availability on first come, first served basis).

Lobby Lecture for Written on the Heart


Dec 10, 2016

Lecture by Chris Chapman and Others

Ticket holders for any production of Written on the Heart are invited free of charge Reserve your tickets here or call 919-834-4001

chris-chapman6:00 PM – 6:50 PM, December 10th, 2016

Join us and our panel of religious scholars for an in-depth exploration of how religion has historically informed state policy, the interplay of religious politics in the 16th century, how they resonate with our current historical and political moment, and the incredible impact the King James Bible has had on the world as we know it!  Chris Chapman of First Baptist Salisbury Street will lead the panel.

Panelists

Chris Chapman (First Baptist Church)

Since June of 2009, the Rev. Dr. Christopher C. F. Chapman has served as pastor of First Baptist Church on Salisbury Street.  He is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.  He is married to the former Dana White and has a son, Ian (23), and a daughter, Margaret (18).  Prior to coming to Raleigh, Chris served other churches in North Carolina (Winston-Salem and Warrenton), Virginia (Richmond and Danville), and Kentucky (Louisville).  He has a long history of community involvement especially in regard to multicultural relationships, interfaith work, and social ministry.  

Additional panelists to be announced!

 

Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


 

How We Got Here: 20th Anniversary Lobby Lecture Series


6:00 pm, October 15th, 2016

Ticket holders for any production of Skylight are invited free of charge

Reserve your tickets here call 919-834-4001

Burning Coal Theatre Company celebrates 20 years with a panel discussion featuring  three community leaders and long-time company supporters (Simmie Kastner, Greg Paul, Alec Donaldson). Together, they will explore the company’s origins, early history and relationship to our current location at the Murphey School, the first Raleigh school to be integrated.  The conversation will highlight connections between our past achievements and vision moving forward.

We invite all of our old flames to reminisce about our shared achievements, and welcome newcomers into the Burning Coal Theatre Company family. Join us on Oct. 15th!

 

Panelists

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.

Lobby Lecture for Skylight


Prior to  

Skylight


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.

The panel will include SIMMIE KASTNER, GREG PAUL and ALEC DONALDSON.

Panelists:

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!

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  

ASYLUM


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.

 

MarciWhite

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.

Evelyn Thomas: Original Cast Member of Broadway’s THE WIZ!


Dec 11, 2015

Lecture by Evelyn Thomas

6:00 pm

Prior to  

THE WIZ


SPECIAL ‘LOBBY LECTURE’
Friday, December 11th at 6 pm.  Evelyn Thomas, original cast member of the Broadway production of THE WIZ!

Evelyn Thomas

Evelyn Thomas is an  internationally acclaimed dance educator and award-winning choreographer.   She is Founder & Artistic Director of Nuba Dance Theatre; one of the region’s first multi-generational dance companies in the Bay Area.

Thomas is a visionary artist, art educator and a consummate professional riveting brilliant choreography. She brings a contemporary multi-ethnic approach to dance.

Thomas’ commitment to dance stems from her early training at The Juilliard School and the Broadway production of THE WIZ as the original Tornado.  THE WIZ is currently celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary at the Majestic Theater in NYC. 

Marriage in the Age of Shakespeare


Lecture by Matthew Lubin & Ian Finley

Prior to  

Romeo & Juliet


Join Burning Coal for a pre-show discussion with two scholars in the field, Matthew Lubin (Duke) and Ian Finley, Burning Coal’s director of education from 2003 to 2011.  Where exactly did our idea of marriage come from?  And how long has it been around?

Matthew Lubin (Duke University History Department) will speak about how scholars think marriage and family feuds actually worked in late medieval Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet.

Ian Finley (Piedmont Laureate, 2012) will explore Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric and how it reveals the marital tensions and family dynamics of the play.

[Free with ticket to any performance of ROMEO & JULIET ($5 otherwise)]

How Conflict Resolution Works or Falls Apart


Burning Coal Theatre Company welcomes Robert (Bob) M. Jenkins, Ph.D., Director of the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies for a discussion entitled How Conflict Resolution Works or Falls Apart.  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 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm at the Iron Curtain Trilogy Warehouse, 117 S. West Street, Raleigh.

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.

Memory of a Multiethnic Past in Post-Communist Eastern Europe


Burning Coal Theatre Company welcomes University of North Carolina Department of History professor Karen Auerbach for a pre-show discussion entitled Memory of a Multiethnic Past in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.  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 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm at the Iron Curtain Trilogy Warehouse, 117 S. West Street, Raleigh.

ABOUT KAREN AUERBACH
Professor Auerbach’s research focuses on the social history of Polish Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth century, especially issues relating to Jewish integration, urban life, and the evolution of Polish Jewish identifications. Her first book, published in 2013, is a microhistory of Jewish families who were neighbors in an apartment building in Warsaw after the Holocaust, exploring the reconstruction of communities and identifications in postwar Poland. She is currently researching the history of Jewish publishers of Polish books in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in particular their involvement in Polish cultural, social and political circles, as well as information networks and the history of Yiddish in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Auerbach’s teaching focuses on modern Jewish history, East European Jewish History and the Holocaust. (information obtained from UNC Department of History’s website)

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.