2020-2021 Season at Burning Coal


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Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2020/2021 RESET Season, Going Places!, a season of plays about people who are on the move, setting out for new horizons, new destinies, and new hopes. 

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A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy
directed by Jerome Davis
October 15 – November 1, 2020
When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her: don’t go!  But her heart knows that she must.  

NOTE:  Snow will be performed live at Burning Coal Theatre but with an audience of only 4 people per performance.  Audiences will be blindfolded during the middle portion of the show.  Performances will be Thursdays – Saturdays at 6 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.

 Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

 

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Conversations I Always Wanted to Have:
A Repertory Season of TwoPlays by Dael Orlandersmith
 

Forever by Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld
is a semi-autobiographical work that traces the tempestuous relationship between a young girl, growing up in East Harlem, and her ex-dancer mother, a force of nature and a troubled mind who has been forced by circumstances beyond her control to give up so much in order to survive, and to keep her daughter safe.  Dates:  January 28, 30, February 5, 11 and 13th at 7 pm and Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2 pm. 

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Renee Nixon
is a play comprised of interviews Ms. Orlandersmith conducted with residents of Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing.  Its reach is broad, and the characters introduced range from the introspective to the fiercely confrontational.  Dates: Jan 29, Feb 4, 6, and 7 at 7 pm and Sunday, Jan 31 and Feb 14 at 2 pm. 

NOTE:  The two play repertory season will be performed live on Burning Coal’s stage each date, but only available to view through a livestreamed event. 

Tickets for both plays available by clicking here.

 

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Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
directed by Lillian White
Spring, 2021 (TBD)
Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she ain’t stayin’ there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”.  

NOTE:  Evita will be presented in a socially distanced outdoor venue TBA.

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Mainstage Series (4 play season) are $80 apiece (a 20% savings)
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Conversations I Always Wanted to Have


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Jan 28 – Feb 14, 2021

Written by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld and Renèe Nixon

Conversations watch partiesConversations I Always Wanted to Have: A Rotating Repertory Season of Two Plays by Dael Orlandersmith

Burning Coal is excited to present two stunning plays by the African American playwright Dael Orlandersmith.  The plays will be presented live on the stage of the Burning Coal Theatre and livestreamed into your home for viewing. One of the two plays will be performed on each date, in rotating order (see below for specific dates).  Each play runs about 80 minutes.

Forever by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld is a semi-autobiographical work that traces the tempestuous relationship between a young girl, growing up in East Harlem, and her ex-dancer mother, a force of nature and a troubled mind who has been forced by circumstances beyond her control to give up so much in order to survive, and to keep her daughter safe. Dates:  January 28, 30, February 5, 11 and 13th at 7 pm and Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2 pm. Tickets for both plays available by clicking hereContent Warning: discussion of child abuse, rape, language.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE PROGRAM FOR BOTH FOREVER AND UNTIL THE FLOOD

For this production, a watch party is a group of 10+ people who attend the same performance of one of our virtual plays, and may receive a complimentary talk-back afterwards with a member of the production if requested at least a week in advance (actor, director, etc.). And watch party members qualify for our group discount, so tickets are $15 per person instead of the regular adult ticket price of $25. Sponsorships of $500 or more may also include a watch party for an organization. For sponsorship info contact development@burningcoal.org.

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Forever will star Emelia ‘MeMe’ Cowans-Taylor

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Renèe Nixon is a play comprised of interviews Ms. Orlandersmith conducted with residents of Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing. Its reach is broad, and the characters introduced range from the introspective to the fiercely confrontational.  Dates: Jan 29, Feb 4, 6, and 12 at 7 pm and Sunday, Jan 31 and Feb 14 at 2 pm. Tickets for both plays available by clicking hereContent Warning: Language.  

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Until the Flood 
will star Byron Jennings.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Wait Til You See This 2021


Jun 10 – Jun 27, 2021

Written by Zodwa Nyoni and Dennis Kelly

Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld and Jerome Davis

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Where Are We Going?

Summer Second Stage Series

 

 

NINE LIVES
by Zodwa Nyoni
directed by Jordan Lichtenheld
June 10, 12, 18, 24 & 26th at 7:30 pm/June 20th @ 2 pm 

in repertory with

GIRLS AND BOYS
by Dennis Kelly
directed by Jerome Davis
June 11, 17, 19, 25th at 7:30 pm/June 13 & 27th at 2 pm

All Tickets $10 available HERE or at the door.

June 10 – 27, 2021
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm 

 

ABOUT THE PLAYS

Nine Lives is the second play from Zimbabwe born playwright Zodwa Nyoni.  It concerns the journey of a young gay African man who is seeking asylum in the UK.  The young man, Ishmael, lives out of a suitcase.  As he struggles to convince the government of his need for asylum, he comes to see the UK as a cold, aloof and heartless place.  Until he meets a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks.  A single mother with a low-paying job, she represents for him a lifeline to the future.  But how can their friendship ever be what each needs it to be?  When it premiered in 2016, the press said “This is a snapshot, but it’s a truthful one and suggests that Nyoni,  is a playwright well worth watching.”

Girls and Boys by Dennis Kelly premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in February 2018 and transferred later that year to the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, starring Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, The Dig).  It tells the harrowing tale of a young upwardly mobile woman who is a business woman, a wife, a mother of two young children.  In short, she has it all.  But can she keep it?  Based loosely on Euripides’ Medea, this tour de force one-woman show was called “phenomenal ” and “gripping” when it premiered.

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Estimated run time: 1 hours.

The 19th Amendment Project


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Aug 17 – Aug 30, 2020

Written by Various

Directed by Various

Coproduced by The League of Women Voters of Wake County

Each film will cost $2 to view between its release date and September 30, 2020, or $25 for the entire 14 play cycle.

19th graphic Burning Coal Theatre is pleased to present The 19th Amendment Project, a collection of short plays written by some of the most accomplished women and/or non-binary playwrights working today, writing on the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago and its ongoing impact.  Each of the 14 plays will be released virtually, one at a time, between August Aug 17 – 30 at 7 pm EST.  Tickets for one viewing of each 10 minute play will be $2 (or buy the whole series for $25) and each will be available from the day each play is released through the end of September, 2020. 

The playwrights expected to participate include Clare Bayley, Hannah Benitez, Susana Cook, Kelly Doyle, Jennifer Natalya Fink, Magdalena Gomez, Tamara Kissane, Carrie Knowles, Deb Margolin, Ruth Margraff, Kate Morris, MJ Perrin, Elaine Romero, Prageeta Sharma and Ariel Zetina.

The producing arts organizations will include Agape Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre, the Gilbert Theatre, The Justice Theatre Project, NC Central University Theatre, the North Carolina Theatre, the North Carolina Opera, Raleigh Little Theatre, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Theatre in the Park, William Peace University Theatre and the Women’s Theatre Festival.

NOTE:  Subscribers to our 2020/2021 season get this series free.  CLICK HERE to subscribe.

 Our production partner is The League of Women Voters of Wake County

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Evita


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Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Jerome Davis

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Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

directed by Jerome Davis
Spring, 2021 (TBD) at an outdoor venue (TBA)

Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she isn’t staying there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”.  

NOTE:  Evita will be presented in a socially distanced outdoor venue TBA.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

 

Past Productions & Events

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