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.
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!