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2015/2016 Season Subscriptions are now available. Buy yours today!  Your mainstage subscription will include a ticket to each of our 4 Main Stage Shows. Please subscribe today and join Burning Coal as it heats up downtown with a season of excitement, passionate energy and fun.  Warning:  Thoughts will be provoked!

Asylum  ·  October 15 – November 1, 2015
Written by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller
Directed by Nicki Miller

The Wiz  ·  December 3 – 20, 2015
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Book by William F. Brown
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Blue Sky  ·  January 28 – February 14, 2016
Written by Clare Bayley

Spoonface Steinberg  ·  April 7 – 24, 2016
Written by Lee Hall
Directed by Jerome Davis

The Breakfast Club


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$110  The Breakfast Club

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Your breakfast club subscription includes tickets to all 4 Main Stage Shows, all 3 Second Stage Shows, and breakfast with Artistic Director, Jerome Davis.

Main Stage Shows

Asylum  ·  October 15 – November 1, 2015
Written by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller
Directed by Nicki Miller

The Wiz  ·  December 3 – 20, 2015
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Book by William F. Brown
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Blue Sky  ·  January 28 – February 14, 2016
Written by Clare Bayley

Spoonface Steinberg  ·  April 7 – 24, 2016
Written by Lee Hall
Directed by Jerome Davis

Second Stage Shows

Koffee Dance Company, Cirque du Vol and Burning Coal Theatre will each present a show (TBA) in repertory, June, 2016.  Tickets may be purchased for each individual show above by clicking on the name of the company above.

The Second Stage Series


$25  The Second Stage Series

Your second stage subscription includes tickets to all 3 Second Stage Shows.

Second Stage Shows

Sea Wall  ·  6/11 – 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Elizabeth London

Dark Vanilla Jungle  ·  6/17, 6/19, 6/20, 6/25, 6/27
Written by Philip Ridley
Directed by Staci Sabarsky

Rum & Vodka  ·  6/18, 6/20, 6/24, 6/26, 6/27
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Ilana Rozin

Evelyn Thomas: Original Cast Member of Broadway’s THE WIZ!


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Dec 11, 2015

Lecture by Evelyn Thomas

6:00 pm

Prior to  

THE WIZ


SPECIAL ‘LOBBY LECTURE’
Friday, December 11th at 6 pm.  Evelyn Thomas, original cast member of the Broadway production of THE WIZ!

Evelyn Thomas

Evelyn Thomas is an  internationally acclaimed dance educator and award-winning choreographer.   She is Founder & Artistic Director of Nuba Dance Theatre; one of the region’s first multi-generational dance companies in the Bay Area.

Thomas is a visionary artist, art educator and a consummate professional riveting brilliant choreography. She brings a contemporary multi-ethnic approach to dance.

Thomas’ commitment to dance stems from her early training at The Juilliard School and the Broadway production of THE WIZ as the original Tornado.  THE WIZ is currently celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary at the Majestic Theater in NYC. 

ASYLUM


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Oct 15 – Nov 1, 2015

Written by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller

Directed by Nicki Miller

Coproduced by Only Child Aerial Theatre

Burning Coal Theatre teams up with the Brooklyn-based Only Child Aerial Theatre to present this dynamic piece, performed largely in the air, about an Asylum circa the mid-1960s, and the people whose lives are inextricably connected through the old building.  If you liked our Henry V (on Trapeze) from 2011, you will love ASYLUM!  The concept and story for ASYLUM is by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller and the production is directed by Nicki Miller, with original song composed for this production by Sophie B. Hawkins.

[(c) 2014, photographer Carrie Firestone]

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

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The Wiz


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"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat...great fun." - The New York Post

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Dec 3 – Dec 20, 2015

Written by Smalls & Brown

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Additional music & lyrics by Luther Vandross

Music Director, Julie Florin

Join Burning Coal Theatre for one of the most beloved of American musicals.  This soulful classic follows Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow as they ease on down the road to find what is waiting for them over the rainbow, behind the curtain, and maybe even in their own backyard.

Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm & Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Blue Sky


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"So, I was driving down this country road, right next to the runway. All the cow parsley was in flower, the swallows were skimming through the trees, there was a clear sky, the light was beautiful, kind of violet - and suddenly I heard this roar."

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Jan 28 – Feb 14, 2016

Written by Clare Bayley

Directed by Gus Heagerty

Coproduced by CAM/Raleigh

Join Burning Coal for the US premiere of British playwright Clare Bayley’s funny and troubling play about a photographer who inadvertently snaps a picture of something he shouldn’t have.  The play is based on a true story and deals with one of the darkest episodes in recent US history … and it happened right here in our own backyard.

NOTE:  Blue Sky will be presented at CAM/Raleigh – 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh.

NOTE: The performance on Friday, February 5th will begin at 10 pm following the First Friday festivities at CAM, which will include work related to the play.  Join us early and stay late for the show!

NOTE: Performance on January 31st at 2pm is the ‘Pay What You Can’ performance and will also be Audio Described for the sight impaired.  Prior to the performance, we will have a 1 pm “Tactile Touch Tour” of the BLUE SKY set led by the Contemporary Art Museum.  This event is a collaboration with ArtsAccess of Raleigh.

NOTE:  On January 26th and January 27th, 2016, we host Open Rehearsals from 6 to 7 pm.  These events will be free to the public.  No reservations necessary but please plan to get to CAM on time and stay for the full hour.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Spoonface Steinberg


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"Spoonface Steinberg is an amazement." - Financial Times

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Apr 7 – Apr 24, 2016

Written by Lee Hall

Directed by Jerome Davis

The author of Billy Elliot brings us a much different tale – the story of a 12 year old autistic girl, attempting to navigate the perilous waters of modern day life while dealing with an even more catastrophic, life threatening illness.  At each performance, a different member of our community will ‘play’ Spoonface.  Originally written as a radio play with music, this dramatic monlogue will be supported by live sung music originally made famous by Maria Callas.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Insomnia


Koffee Dance Company 2016

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Jun 9 – Jun 24, 2016

Written by Koffee Dance Company

Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo

Coproduced by Koffee Dance Company

FIVE Performances 6/9, 6/18, 6/24 at 7:30 pm, 6/11 and 6/19 at 2 pm

In 1975, the call came, “Wake up Everybody, no more sleeping in bed. No more backward thinking time for thinking ahead.”  Today, we have been conditioned to be constantly vigilant and attentive to everything. The expectation of our outer personae is constantly at odds with who we truly are, and from Generation X to the Millennials of today we are unable to relax.  Ultimately we have insomnia. This is the story of a small southern town whose residents struggle with their own life issues and their attempts to find acceptance on their own terms.  

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson


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Jun 10 – Jun 26, 2016

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Sue Scarborough

Coproduced by Exit Through Eden

SIX performances on 6/10, 6/16 and 6/19 at 7:30 pm, 6/12, 6/25 and 6/26 at 2 pm

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“You are beautiful, so half the human race will be your enemy.

You are brilliant and you will be feared.

You are trusting and you will be betrayed.” – Voltaire

 
Physicist, mathematician, author. Card shark, aristocrat, lover of Voltaire. A woman whose life’s mission became a single equation. Émilie du Châtelet has returned to defend her life, loves, and legacy. To do that, she must learn the fundamental laws of the universe – and of the human soul.

 

Funny and poignant, this play explores the interaction of love, genius, science, art, and gender.

 

Exit Through Eden: We are delighted to have our first collaborative effort with Burning Coal. Founded by Eric Hale in 2012, previous productions include Proof by David Auburn and A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing.

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

 

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