Burning Coal Theatre puts on a yearly season of live theatre that is innovative, visceral and an integral part of local Raleigh theater scene. For more, read below.
*COVID Precautions for indoor events Beginning with our June, 2022 theatre performances will require audience members to wear a high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) in lieu of checking vaccination status, and we will offer 3-ply surgical or KN95 masks to audience members as needed.
A New Day Dawns!
“The theatre isn’t dying. No, rather, it is dead. Really. As of last night. But the good news is: tonight it is reborn. And in that rebirth, hope. Where does hope lie, in this age? Come to the theatre. Tonight. And find out.” – Artistic Director Jerome Davis
Join us for our 2022/2023 season at Burning Coal Theatre, where we’ll travel the globe filled with new works and discoveries.
$70 for a 3/4 Main Stage subscription
$100 for a 3/4 Breakfast Club Subscription, which adds on our unique Second Stage Series
Limited time holiday offer: $50 for a Gift Certificate which includes 2 tickets to any performance in the 2022 – 2023 Season. Click here for Gift Certificates.
The remaining Main Stage season includes:
SILENT SKY (Dec. 1 – 18) – by the most produced playwright in the U.S. not named William Shakespeare, Lauren Gunderson
MLIMA’S TALE (Jan 26 – Feb. 12) – a thought-provoking story by two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage
THE CHERRY ORCHARD (April 6 – 23) – Chekov classic with a fresh twist under direction of the OBIE-award winning artist Randolph Curtis Rand
Our Second Stage “Wait ‘Til You See This” series will be announced in Spring, 2023.
Once you have subscribed, we will mail you a welcome letter and subscriber card(s). Bring your subscriber card to the check-in station at the performance to be hole punched, and receive a quicker check-in (hint: it fits in your wallet!).
We recommend reserving your spot for a specific performance date in advance. To reserve your date, call us at 919.834.4001 or email email@example.com. Reserving ensures you have a seat in case the performance sells out.
SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson / December 1-18, 2022
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
STEM Learning ▪ Courageous Women
Henrietta Leavitt dreams of being an astronomer, but isn’t allowed to touch a telescope. Be transported to the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, and discover what really happened in Henrietta’s battle for recognition. This is a family-friendly production.
MLIMA’S TALE by Lynn Nottage / January 26 – February 12, 2023
Directed by Ana Radulescu
Thought Provoking ▪ Global Drama
There’s a ghost on the Ivory Highway. It follows the tusk of an elephant across thousands of miles, over land and sea, and feels each hand it touches along the way. Who is culpable in this underground global market? Can we learn from Mlima’s Tale?
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
Quirky Dramedy ▪ Revolutionary
It’s workers vs. landlords in this brutally funny classic play. The old ways are dying, and one family is caught in the middle. The socio-economic divide is on the precipice, and we will laugh and cry when it all comes tumbling down.
We’ve updated our student ticket options! Special discounted ticket days have been added, in addition to our regular $20 student tickets that are available for all performances.
For students 18 & under:
Bring your valid school ID for $5 tickets to any Thursday or Friday night performance for our new WEEKNIGHT STUDENT RUSH! Reserve tickets through the individual show’s ticket page. Parents, please check individual show pages for content warnings and recommended audience ages.
For college students:
Bring your valid school ID for $5 tickets on our new College Night – the first Friday performance for each show! Buy tickets in advance through the individual show’s ticket page.
*Must show a valid student ID at the door for discount. Applicable until sold out. Valid for Main Stage and Second Stage 2022-2023 Season. Not applicable to fundraising and special events. Please call (919) 834-4001 for more details.
A GREAT BIG WOOLY MAMMOTH THAWING FROM THE ICE by Tatty Hennessy / September 29 – October 16, 2022
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
Mystery ▪ Adventure
In Alaska, an activist, a tech giant, and an oil driller meet in a bar.
The temperature is rising, and who knows what buried treasures they might find in the glacial wreckage.