Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series, Wait Til You See This, is presented in collaboration with young and emerging artists and companies.

The Greeks


Jun 9 – Jun 25, 2017

Written by Ian Finley and Alex Tobey

Directed by Alex Tobey

Coproduced by CAM/Raleigh

No performance on Sunday, June 11th

Call 919.834.4001 for Tickets $25 for full 3 play performance (Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone) or $10 per play if you want to attend each one-hour play on a separate date.

The Greeks POSTER SMALL copy                                            a world premiere adaptation by Raleigh’s Ian Finley from the plays of Sophocles

Burning Coal Theatre Company and Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh will collaborate on a production of The Greeks, adapted by Ian Finley from the plays of Sophocles (Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone)  June 9 – 25, 2017 at CAM Raleigh, 409 West Martin Street, Warehouse District, Raleigh. The play will be performed throughout the galleries and run June 9 – 10, 16-17 and 23-24 at 7 pm and June 18 & 25 at 2 pm.  The three one-hour plays are designed to be seen together over the course of a single evening (tickets $25), but can also be viewed separately on different dates if desired (tickets to each $10). Student Rush tickets at curtain time, if available, are $5 for the three play viewing.  There is no performance on Sunday, June 11th.  For tickets, please call us at 919.834.4001.  Each play is approximately one hour long with a 10 minute intermission to follow. Please visit www.burningcoal.org for information about ASL and audio described performances.  NOTE: Food will be served during the second play.

ABOUT THE GREEKS
Sophocles wrote OedipusOedipus at Colonus and Antigone in the 5th century BC (about 2500 years ago).  The plays have been produced regularly since then.  They were written as part of the Festival of Dionysus which itself was a religious ceremony that morphed over the years into something like what we think of as theatre today, when Thespis stepped from the Chorus and “performed” a role for the first time (that we know of) in human history.  Athens was then a ‘City-State’ with the most powerful army and navy in the world and it dominated the known world.  Sophocles plays are extraordinary in that they challenged the accepted religious dogma and the supremacy of the State.  In short, they were radical to the max!

ABOUT IAN FINLEY

Originally from the mining town of Price, Utah, Ian Finley received his undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Utah and his MFA from NYU (in playwriting).  From graduate school, he moved to Raleigh and spent nine years developing Burning Coal Theatre Company’s education program, WillPower.  His plays have been produced in several states and have been published.  For Burning Coal he has written the book to Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2 and 1960

ABOUT THE CAST AND TEAM

Alex Tobey (Director) hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he attended Enloe High School and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before getting his BFA from the John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University.  Past directing credits include Good Girl Gone Bad (HERE Arts Center), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), Watch Me Burn (The Wild Project),  Expedition  (Fourth Street Theatre), MilkMilkLemonade (Carnegie Mellon),  CO-OPERA (Pittsburgh Opera), It’s a Wonderful Life (Bricolage Production Company), and No Exit (bubble:PGH). He served as assistant director on Frontieres sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), Tick, Tick…Boom! (Keen Company) and Houseworld (San Damiano Mission, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Elements Music Festival).  www.alextobey.com

The cast of The Greeks will include Jonathan Able, Mark Filiaci (Enron), Ben Apple (Rum & Vodka), Ellie Barone, George Jack (Hysteria), Jess Jones (Civil Rights Through Song), Chloe Oliver (Hair), Freyja Sindemark and Sean Wellington (Written on the Heart).

Directed by Alex Tobey
Adapted by Ian Finley (with Alex Tobey on Colonus)
Stage Manager Michelle Wood
Technical Director Barry Jaked
Lighting Matthew Adelson and Ainex Carmona
Costumes Cassidy Nolde
Props Yum Darling
Graphics Areon Mobasher
ASMs Abigaile Bates, Dylan Bailey, Cody Clark

 

Estimated run time: 3 hours.

https://youtu.be/T1vGvi0Unpw

 

Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


 

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


Jun 10 – Jun 26, 2016

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Sue Scarborough

Coproduced by Exit Through Eden

SIX performances on 6/10 at 8:00 pm, 6/16, 6/19 and 6/25 at 7:30 pm, 6/12 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: 1.75 hours.

Insomnia


Koffee Dance Company 2016

Jun 9 – Jun 24, 2016

Written by Koffee Dance Company

Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo

Coproduced by Koffee Dance Company

FIVE Performances 6/9, 6/15, 6/18 at 7:30 pm, 6/24 at 8:00 pm, 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.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Rum & Vodka


Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Ilana Rozin

6/18 at 7:30 pm

6/20 at 7:30 pm

6/24 at 7:30 pm

6/26 at 8:00 pm

6/27 at 2 pm

The author of The Weir, The Seafarer and St. Nicholas brings you another wild and wooly tale of booze, love gone wrong, Ireland, crime and, somehow, redemption.

Ben Apple as Michael

Ben Apple as Michael

Performances
June 18, 20, and 24 at 7:30 pm
June 26 at 8 pm
June 27 at 2 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indy Week Review: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/falling-for-burning-coal-theatre-companys-five-star-dark-vanilla-jungle-and-harrowing-rum-and-vodka/Content?oid=4525161

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTORIlana Rozin is a former Burning Coal intern. Now a Los Angeles based artist, Ilana works primarily with The Blank Theatre Company and Rogue Machine Theatre.  At Burning Coal she directed Civil Rights Through Song and The Vagina Monologues and  assisted on The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE PERFORMERBen Apple has appeared regionally in Brother Wolf, Snow Queen, Christmas Carol, The Illusion (Triad Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NC Shakespeare Festival); Fashionistas, Winnie the Pooh (Theatre 232). Educational performances include Recent Tragic Events, Long Christmas Ride Home, Pride and Prejudice, Pericles.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Dark Vanilla Jungle


"Walking. Where's my bag? Dropped. Did I leave it in the car park of the new superstore? What's it called? Forget now. Dark. Rain."

Written by Philip Ridley

Directed by Staci Sabarsky

6/17 at 7:30 pm

6/19 at 7:30 pm

6/20 at 2 pm

6/25 at 7:30 pm

6/27 at 7:30 pm

England’s most relentless playwright spins a yarn of violence, desperation and hope amidst the cobblestone backstreets of a very modern city.

 

 

 

 

 

Indy Week gave Dark Vanilla Jungle 5- Stars!!! Read the Review Here: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/falling-for-burning-coal-theatre-companys-five-star-dark-vanilla-jungle-and-harrowing-rum-and-vodka/Content?oid=4525161

Caitlin Wells as Andrea

Caitlin Wells as Andrea

 

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Staci Sabarsky is thrilled to be directing Dark Vanilla Jungle with Burning Coal.  Favorite directing credits include:  The Odd Couple, Seussical Jr., The Rainmaker, Guys & Dolls Jr., and  Puss in Boots.  Staci earned her degree in Dramatic Arts from UNC.  For the past five years she has shared her love of performance with her middle school students at Duke School.  She also enjoys performing on stage in local productions and singing with The Moonlighters Orchestra.  Favorite roles include:  Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (The Gilbert Theater), Maureen in Rent (The Gilbert Theater), Debra in The Smell of the Kill (Temple Theater), Nancy in Frozen (REP), Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off (TIP), and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor (RLT). 

 

Caitlin Wells
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Caitlin Wells
was raised in Raleigh and has lived in Minnesota, Brazil, and Spain. Recent credits include: And the Ass Saw the Angel, hmlt, Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo, The Man Who Was Thursday (Little Green Pig); Love and InformationMac, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (Delta Boys); Amadeus (Leviathan); Measure Back (Duke Performances/Christopher McElroen & T. Ryder Smith); Nadia (preposterous pictures). Caitlin is also a producer with Delta Boys Theater Company, and designed costumes for Little Green Pig’s Celebration and Prank Film/preposterous picture’s film Nadia.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Sea Wall


"When she thinks nobody's looking she can start off just going further and further into her imagination. Playing games all by herself. Did you ever know any kids like that?"

Written by Simon Stephens

Directed by Elizabeth London

6/11 at 7:30 pm

6/12 at 7:30 pm

6/13 at 7:30 pm

6/14 at 2 pm

6/21 at 2 pm

6/28 at 2 pm

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Estimated run time: 1 hours.

The playwright who wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime comes in with a much different tale.  A man alone with his thoughts.  Something has happened to him.  Something life-changing.  He feels that he must tell it.  We feel that we must listen. 

See the Indy Weekly Review: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/in-burning-coal-theatre-companys-sea-wall-actor-joey-heyworth-plumbs-unfathomable-depths/Content?oid=4506039

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR.
Elizabeth London
is a director, actor, and master teaching artist based in New York who has worked Off-Broadway, downtown and regionally (including NC Shakespeare Festival). For Burning Coal she has directed Moliere’s THE FLYING DOCTOR (Raleigh First Night ‘99), acted in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Season 1), EINSTEIN’S DREAMS, TARTUFFE and a workshop of BRASS BIRDS DON’T SING by Samm-Art Williams, plus led many Shakespeare and Viewpoints workshops for student groups. NYC directing includes 5-actor tours of ROMEO AND JULIET and PINOCCHIO, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE audio CD (also playing Portia), new full-length plays by longtime playwright collaborators and many one-acts. With theatre students around the country she has created/directed original large-ensemble shows and directed THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (ETC School, PA). Elizabeth narrates audiobooks (www.audible.com) and is part of Hook & Eye Theater Company who devise original work. Education/training: NYU (BFA in Film); SITI Company, BADA. Member AEA.

JosephHeyworthABOUT THE PERFORMER
Joey Heyworth is honored join this company.  He recently appeared as Romeo in Burning Coal's Romeo & Juliet.  Though new to the theatre scene in Raleigh, he is overjoyed by the warm welcome he's received by many extraordinary artists. Previous credits include The Iron Curtain Trilogy (Burning Coal, Raleigh and London), I Capture The Castle (Stoneham Theatre), and Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions).