Oakwood In May: Only Time Will Tell


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Come see a one-of-a-kind performance at Raleigh’s “cemetery full of life!”  Every year, Burning Coal Theatre teams up with Historic Oakwood Cemetery to present an evening of vignettes about notable people who are resting peacefully there.

Directed by George Jack

May 18-20, 2018

6:30 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday

Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students, available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance or by calling 919.834.4001.

 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.  

Parking will be available inside the cemetery.

This year’s theme is “Only Time Will Tell”.  It will be a celebration of those who lived in the limelight and those for whom history has decided deserves to be remembered, despite their having been neglected during their time.

We are proud to feature local playwrights and actors in this evening about those who came before.  This year features the tales of several historic figures whose final resting place is located in or around the cemetery’s Chapel Circle. Audience members can follow the reversed hands of the clock as they travel around, and back through time.  Only Time Will Tell will include the following subjects:

  • Ella Swain (1842-1881), daughter of former NC governor David Swain, who followed her heart, and caused a bit of upset when she married a Union General (Written by Lydia Sbityakov);
  • Florence Tucker (1838-1909), who after facing personal tragedy became a pioneering business woman in Raleigh (Written by Alexandra Hubbell);
  • Lucy Page (1881-1918), a nurse who died and was deemed a heroine after contracting the Spanish Flu while tirelessly treating dozens of patients during a devastating epidemic (Written by Pamela Blizzard);
  • Jacob Brinton Smith (1822-1872), the first Principal of St. Augustine’s Normal School, which eventually became St. Augustine’s University. Dr. Smith died after being poisoned, with his demise casting suspicions on his wife and adult daughter (Written by Courtney Pisano);
  • James Hinton, Alonzo Mial Williamson, and Edwin Lee (died 1900) Three teens who set out for a day of fun, but never returned home. Their heartbreaking deaths shocked and devastated their families and classmates. (Written by Kara Morrison)

Cast List includes: Noelle Barnard Azarelo, Joey DeSena, Kristopher Hanks, Amy Lloyd, Sean Malone, Kaley Morrison, Greg Paul, Brian Thacker, Karen Williams