Oakwood Lives 2015: Historical Voices of Raleigh


George Jack and Greg Paul in a past year's Burning Coal Theatre Company production of OAKWOOD (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)Burning Coal Theatre Company continues its collaboration with the Oakwood Cemetery in May, 2015 with this uplifting and whimsical series of vignettes about the lives of those who came before us.

 

May 29th, and 30th at 6:30pm. Sunday 31st at  2:00pm

Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students, available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance:  701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

Peanut Man by Brook North
Inspired by the life of Jesse Broyles, known as “Raleigh’s Peanut Man”.

She Talkes to Herself by Kim Vanfelton
Stella Kitzpatrick, the amazing nurse in 1950, reflects on her life at Rex hospital. 

One Story by Ian Finley
Carrie Bright, Wesley Jenkins and Amare are remembered together for their impact on Raleigh history. 

Needham B. Broughton by John Paul Middlesworth
The elequent community leader and printer reflects on his life.

Incidentially by Robin Carmon Marshall
Cornelia Lewis Battle, newswoman, educator, Lawyer, reformer, and poet wrote the famous column “Incidentally” and advocated for many issues. 

Rufus Honor by Monet Noelle Marshall
Dr.  Rufus Benjamin Weaver is honored by a woman who he helped keep alive the memory of her son.

Defender of the Dead by Laura Arwood
Sophia Arms Partridge is remembered on a Ceremonial Confederate Day in 1867. 

Made Whole by Allan Maule
Dr. Michael Hoke known for his orthopedic “bone carpentry”, is met by a man he helped years ago.  

 

 

Past Productions & Events

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Christmas Mordecai


 

 

Dec 13, 2014

$5  at the door

The Mordecai House 1 Mimosa Street Raleigh, NC

Written by Ian Finley and Jonathan Fitts

Directed by Jackie Knollhuff

Coproduced by The Mordecai House

Come celebrate Christmas with the Mordecai family! Sing Christmas carols, learn about the Mordecai family history, and spread Christmas cheer at the Mordecai House!

The performance runs Saturday December 13th  3-8pm  

 

Estimated run time: Less than 1 hours.

A Century of Service: Rotary in Raleigh 1914 – 2014


"One hundred years. And much has changed. But much has endured. And that’s what I really want to discuss tonight."

Nov 21 – Nov 23, 2014

7:30 pm on Friday – Saturday
2 pm on Sunday

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Ian Finley

Burning Coal Theatre stages this premiere original dramatization of the history of Rotary in North Carolina and the leaders who shaped the growth of Raleigh. The play is written by former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley and staged in the Burning Coal performance space in the Murphey School building on the corner of Polk and Person Streets in downtown Raleigh.  The modest admission fee of $20 per ticket will benefit the nonprofit Theatre.  NOTE:  To purchase tickets, please click http://raleighrotary.bpt.me/

Performances take place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday, November 23 matinee at 2:00 p.m. 

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Oakwood Educators


George Jack and Greg Paul in a past year's Burning Coal Theatre Company production of OAKWOOD (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Jun 20 – Jun 22, 2014

6:30 pm on Friday – Saturday
2 pm on Sunday

$20  adults
$10  students and teachers

Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC

Written by Various Playwrights from around the Country

Burning Coal Theatre Company will premiere Oakwood: An Educator’s Story, a series of short plays in the historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC, Friday and Saturday, June 20th and 21st at 6:30pm and Sunday, June 22nd at 2pm.  Adult tickets are $20, student and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID, and are available by calling 919.834.4001.

Oakwood: An Educator’s Story is a celebration of individuals from Raleigh’s illustrious past who have had an impact on education in North Carolina and are buried in the historic Oakwood Cemetery.  These individuals include Hugh Morson, Clarence Poe, Dr. Elizabeth Delia Dixon-Carroll, James Joyner, Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., Samuel Fox Mordecai, and Frederick Olds.  The evening features new plays by nationally acclaimed playwrights Guadalupe Flores, MJ Halberstadt, Margaret Hoffman, Michael S. Parsons, Lee August Praley, and Jaclyn Villano.  The cast of Triangle-based actors will include Jessica Heironimus, George Jack, Benji Jones, Victor Rivera, Ryan Patrick Sheehe, and others. 

 

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

Civil Rights Through Song:
A Choral History of Raleigh Through the Civil Rights Era


Mar 13 – Mar 23, 2014

7:30 pm on Thursday – Saturday
2 pm on Sunday

$25  Regular Admission
$20  Seniors (65+)
$15  Students, Teachers & Active Military
$15  Thursday Admission

Murphey School Auditorium

Coproduced by the Raleigh Boychoir

Jerome Davis, Artistic Director

Robert Unger, Choral Conductor

Written by Ian Finley

Choreographed by Robin Harris

Directed by Ilana Rozin

Burning Coal Theatre Company and the Raleigh Boychoir will present Civil Rights Through Song: A Choral History of Raleigh Through the Civil Rights Era, a performance using choral music, dance and drama to celebrate the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s/early 1960s. 

When a chance encounter at a City of Raleigh Arts Commission (CORAC) workshop earlier this year brought together two seemingly unrelated arts organizations—Burning Coal Theatre Company and The Raleigh Boychoir—no one would have imagined that the seed of an idea planted that day would develop into a real-life collaboration. Funded in part by a CORAC collaboration grant, Civil Rights Through Song: A Choral History of Raleigh Through the Civil Rights Era is a performance piece that will include choral music, dance and dramatic narrative.

The Civil Rights Through Song performance will feature three distinct choral sections interspersed with dance and spoken word narrative. One section will include choral music from the late 1950s to early 1960s sung by white Raleighites who would have been in the segregated Raleigh City School System at that time. The second portion will present musical works sung by African American Raleighites who would have been in the school system in that same era. The third portion will highlight today’s choral music sung by young people who are enrolled in today’s desegregated Wake County School System, including boys from The Raleigh Boychoir and girls from the same age group. The evening will conclude with a joint performance by all three choirs.

Both organizations are currently in the production phase of this collaboration, with performances scheduled to take place in March 2014. In addition to Burning Coal Theatre Company and The Raleigh Boychoir, this creative effort has a number of talented arts groups and individuals involved in bringing this production to life:

Jerome Davis, Artistic Director – Davis is Burning Coal Theatre Company’s founding artistic director. He has directed numerous theatrical productions around the country. He serves as the creative visionary for this production.

Robert Unger, MM, Choral Conductor – Unger is artistic director of The Raleigh Boychoir, where he conducts the Performing Choir, Resident Choir, Millennium Singers and Alumni/Scholar Chorus. He will organize and direct the three choral groups for this production.

Ian Finley, MFA, Playwright – Finley, the 2012 Piedmont Laureate, will serve as playwright and dramatist for this production. He currently teaches at a charter school in RTP and previously served for eight years as education director at Burning Coal Theatre Company.

Robin Harris, Choreographer – Harris is director of the North Carolina State University Dance Program, where she also serves as artistic director of the NCSU Dance Company, mentors student choreographers and teaches dance composition. She will choreograph the dance components of this production.

Ilana Rozin, Director – Rozin is from Denver, Colorado. She recently graduated from Cornell College in Iowa with a degree in theatre. She is working this year as Burning Coal’s company manager.

Performances will be held in the auditorium of Raleigh’s first integrated school, the Murphey School, which since its 2008 renovation has been home to Burning Coal Theatre Company’ main performance venue. This state-of-the-art, modern three-quarter thrust/flexible theater, which seats up to 175 people, underwent a seven-year $1.5 million renovation and has been used by numerous arts groups, schools and private individuals. The theater is located at 224 Polk Street in Raleigh.

Performance dates are March 13 – 15 and 20 – 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm and March 16 and 23 at 2 pm. Performances will be held at Burning Coal’s Murphey School auditorium, located at 224 Polk Street in Raleigh. Tickets are $25 or $20 for seniors (65+) and $15 for students, teachers and active military. All Thursday evening tickets are $15. Sunday, March 16th at 2 pm is our “Pay What You Can” day. This performance is not a part of Burning Coal or the Boychoir’s subscription series. Tickets may be purchased by calling 919.834.4001.

ABOUT BURNING COAL THEATRE COMPANY
Burning Coal Theatre Company is an intimate, professional theatre located in downtown Raleigh, NC. Currently in its 17th season, Burning Coal was founded by Artistic Director Jerome Davis and Managing Director Simmie Kastner. Burning Coal’s mission is to produce theatre that is “literate, visceral, affecting.”

ABOUT THE RALEIGH BOYCHOIR
Celebrating 45 years of choral excellence, The Raleigh Boychoir was founded in 1968 to give boys with unchanged voices an opportunity to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music. Today, the choir has an annual membership of around 70 boys. The choristers, conductors and musicians of the Raleigh Boychoir contribute generously with their talents to the musical and cultural life of Raleigh and the greater Triangle area and beyond.