The Jesus Fund

"You came here at Aubrey's invitation. You slithered back onto this campus under false pretenses ... and you're going to stand up in a courtroom and say he's not a Christian?"

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Jan 30 – Feb 16, 2014

Written by Terry Milner

Directed by Beth Gardiner

Former Triangle based playwright Terry Milner’s electrifying new play about the confluence of organized religion and Big Money receives its world premiere at Burning Coal under the direction of Beth Gardiner.  Triangle favorite David Henderson leads a cast of extraordinary actors as they present the first staging ever of Milner’s fine new play about a Manhattan seminary faced with the choice of going bankrupt or accepting help from a radical ex-student.

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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The Diary of Anne Frank


"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart."

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Apr 3 – Apr 27, 2014

Written by Goodrich & Hackett

Directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

Anyone who has ever read The Diary of Anne Frank remembers that heartstopping moment when you turned the last page … and realized there was nothing else there.  Shortly after its publication, a stage adaptation was created by Albert Hackett and Frances and Frances Goodrich.  That play has been performed countless times around the world.  One of the most monumental works of art ever created comes alive in a breathtaking new staging.


Only the final week (April 25 – 27) will be wheelchair accessible (Please see Wheel Chair/Mobility Accessibility Notice below).  Performances that week only are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.  Tickets are $25 or $20 for seniors (65+) and $15 for students and teachers.  All Thursday evening performance tickets are $15.  There will be no performance on Thursday, April 24th but the Saturday, April 26th matinee at 2 pm will be the $15 performance that week.  For information and tickets: 919.834.4001

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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Past Productions & Events

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(Three Man) Tempest

"All thy vexations were but my trials of thy love, and thou hast strangely stood the test."

Dec 5 – Dec 22, 2013

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Three actors.  On a table.

Betrayed by his own brother and cast to sea as for dead, Prospero and his daughter Miranda discover an island of magic and light.  But as Prospero harnesses the magic of his new ’kingdom’, his humanity diminishes.  When his brother sails nearby, he uses the magic he has learned to create a shipwreck that will bring him face to face with those who have betrayed him … and allow him to discover once and for all if he is the man he thinks he is.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

The Heretic

"I'm a scientist. I don't believe in anything."

Sep 12 – Sep 29, 2013

Written by Richard Bean

Directed by Jerome Davis

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce that it will be opening its 2013/2014 season with the U.S. premiere of Richard Bean’s scathing comedy, The Heretic.  This play won the 2011 London Evening Standard Award for Outstanding New Play of the year.  Director Jerome Davis leads a stellar cast through this minefield of a comedy that is a laugh-riot … and may just cause a riot!  Come find out why in September, 2013. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

An interview with Richard Bean

Past Productions

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