Burning Coal Theatre Company accepts unsolicited scripts from North Carolina playwrights.

Please include

1 hard copy of your script
Cover letter with your name and contact info
If you wish for your script to be returned, please include a SASE

Mail these materials to

Burning Coal Theatre Company
P.O. Box 90904
Raleigh, NC 27675

In addition, please send an electronic copy of your script (PDF preferred) to

On Her Chemise

On Her Chemise is an original play by Derek Davidson (ph.D., University of Washington), who currently teaches Playwriting, Script Analysis and Early Theatre History at Appalachian State University. He and his wife, Karen Sabo, are co-founders of In/Visible, a professional theatre company based in Boone, North Carolina.

On Her Chemise will receive a staged reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, February 11th, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series.

Description: Robbie Walker sells seeds. A rising star at his corporation—which sells GMOs internationally—Robbie, whose ancestry hazily includes 19th c. filibuster William Walker, desires to capture the Central American seed market, and has just hired Sam to help him. But Sam’s own agenda—coupled with that of Robbie’s wife, Rose, an actor working in Tucson—soon sabotages Robbie’s ambitions and, as a matter of fact, makes his getting through the rest of the day alive highly uncertain. 


Julie Odendahl-James (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), is currently the Director of Academic Engagement for the Humanities Department at Duke University.  She is a professional theater artist who has been making work in the Triangle since 1997 with companies such as Playmakers Repertory Company, Manbites Dog Theater, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Skydive Productions and now Burning Coal Theatre Company. She has also been the advisor to Duke’s “Me Too Monologues” since 2011.

There is a $5 suggested donation at the door for the staged reading on February 11th at 7:00pm at the Murphey School Auditorium. 


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


Up From the Ground

Oct 2, 2013

7 pm on Wednesday

$5  Suggested Donation

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Ian Finley

Up From the Ground is an original play by 2012 Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley about how our heritage, hopes and values are reflected in the food we eat.  Written as part of the Laureate program, Up From the Ground will receive its world-premier reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series. Read More »

Aurora Borealis

Jun 26 – Jun 26, 2013

7 pm on Wednesday

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Kelly Doyle

Directed by Steph Scribner

Free with suggested donation of $5 at the door

Staged reading of new play by Kelly Doyle (Blue, Dirt, Agnes the Giant), directed by Steph Scribner.  When Aurora returns home after spending nearly two years in prison, she finds  her brother Milo’s hoarder girlfriend has moved into the house and filled it  with mountains of well-organized garbage. On the other side of town, Milo has a  violent altercation with a rescue worker while he singlehandedly attempts to  protect the CSA produce from a hailstorm. When they finally meet, dark secrets  from childhood are revealed and resolved as they attempt to reconcile after  years of estrangement and misunderstanding. Alternatively disturbing and drily  funny, “Aurora Borealis” explores how we escape the traps in life that we set  for ourselves and become lost in.”

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Outrunning Bullets

Feb 13, 2013

8 pm on Wednesday

$5  Suggested Donation

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Jonathan Fitts

Directed by Eric Kildow

The Irish War of Independence ended in 1922 with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.  But the fighting had only just begun.  Havoc breaks loose in a small, rural town when Tom O’Malley of the anti-treaty Republicans captures the ornery Lieutenant Jimmy Caraghy and the young Private Seamus Fitzpatrick of the pro-treaty Irish National Army. Read More »