The Container by Clare Bayley


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Oct 10 – Oct 27, 2019

Written by Clare Bayley

Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

Coproduced by The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm and Sundays at 2 and 4 pm


The Container ImageTHE CONTAINER
by Clare Bayley
A group of strangers, African immigrants, are struggling to get to a better life in the West.  They have fought overwhelming odds to get this far.  But where are they, except somewhere that they don’t know anything about, in the dark, surrounded by strangers, in a shipping container.  Is freedom minutes away?  Or something much worse?

You, the audience, will join them for their journey, inside the Container. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1 hours.

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe


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Dec 5 – Dec 22, 2019

Written by Lerner & Loewe

Directed by Jerome Davis

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


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CAMELOT
by Lerner & Loewe
directed by Jerome Davis
Based on T.H. White’s beloved novel, Camelot is about the legendary King Arthur, the love of his life, the Lady Guinevere, and the man who Arthur saw as a son, the young Sir Lancelot.  It is a music about the dream of a better place and the battle to create such a place.  Featuring classics such as CamelotThe Lusty Month of May, If Ever I Would Leave You and C’est Moi. Read More »

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson


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Jan 23 – Feb 9, 2020

Written by Lanford Wilson

Directed by John Gulley

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


Talleys Folly ImageTalley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
Lanford Wilson’s beautiful and funny Pulitzer Prize winning 1980 play introduces us to Matt Friedman and Sally Talley, who come together, for better or for worse, in a gazebo on a river bank in Missouri in 1944.  The New York Times called the play “… a valentine to a classic romantic ideal: two lost souls finding in each other a respite from loneliness.”

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson


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Apr 9 – Apr 26, 2020

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


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SILENT SKY
 by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Lauren Gunderson’s funny and charming play about Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who wanted nothing but to be allowed to work in the field of her choice, astronomy.  But when she began at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, women weren’t even allowed to touch a telescope, let alone take credit for the awesome discover that she would soon make.

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

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THE CONTAINER
 by Clare Bayley
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo
In a collaboration with Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, Gab Smith, Executive Director
October 10 – 27, 2019
at CAM/Raleigh – 409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:30 and 8 pm
Sundays at 2 and 4 pm
Note:  This production will take place in a shipping container on the grounds of CAM/Raleigh

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe
Directed by Jerome Davis
December 5 – 22, 2019
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

TALLEY’S FOLLY by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama from 1980 about two of society’s outcasts who come together in a gazebo in rural Missouri in 1944
January 23 – February 9, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
The true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 1900s pioneer in astronomy at a time when a woman wasn’t even allowed to touch a telescope 
April 9 – 26, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

Your MAINSTAGE SUBSCRIPTION still only costs $80 apiece (a savings of 20% off full priced tickets).  And, for $30 more, you can purchase a BREAKFAST CLUB SUBSCRIPTION, which includes all 4 of our mainstage shows, tickets to all 3 of our summer 2020 Second Stage shows (TBA) and breakfast with the Artistic Director (catered by the Flying Biscuit!) in October, 2019.  To Subscribe, CLICK HERE or call us at 919.834.4001.

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Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


 

The Prisoner’s Dilemma


9/6 at 7:30 pm

9/13 at 7:30 pm

9/21 at 2 pm

9/27 at 2 pm

9/27 at 7:30 pm

As a brutal civil war rages in a once bucolic Eastern European country, a small group of optimistic social workers gather in Finland  at one of their homes.  Their goal: to negotiate a lasting peace.  Into this pristine, Western environment comes members of both warring ethnicities.  What could possibly go wrong?   NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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Pentecost


9/5 at 7:30 pm

9/6 at 2 pm

9/12 at 7:30 pm

9/19 at 7:30 pm

9/20 at 2 pm

9/20 at 7:30 pm

9/26 at 7:30 pm

On a wall in an abandoned cathedral in Eastern Europe, a woman has discovered something that may change the course of history.  But once it is known, who will want to take control of it?  And at what cost?  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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The Shape of the Table


9/4 at 7:30 pm

9/11 at 7:30 pm

9/13 at 2 pm

9/14 at 2 pm

9/18 at 7:30 pm

9/25 at 7:30 pm

In the autumn of 1989, crowds began to appear in large metropolitan cities across Eastern Europe’s Soviet Bloc countries.  Inside the countries’ governments, a small group of men and women huddled.  “What do they want?”  The answer came back firmly:  “They want to be free.”  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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The Iron Curtain Trilogy


Sep 4 – Sep 27, 2014

Written by David Edgar

Directed by Jerome Davis

The Iron Curtain Trilogy

This autumn, the world will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain. To commemorate this event, Burning Coal Theatre Company will present, for the first time anywhere, all three of David Edgar’s magnificent Iron Curtain Trilogy. The three plays will run in repertory, so that it will be possible to see all three in a single weekend.  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.  Then Burning Coal will be performing the trilogy at the Cockpit in London in November.

Click here to visit the incredible website REVOLUTION: THE IRON CURTAIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT created by UNC’s Department of European Studies in collaboration with Burning Coal Theatre and Wake County Public Schools.

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Past Productions


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