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


"The intricate geometry of the scenes here is as impressive as the directness of its emotional impact." -NY Times

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Nov 14 – Nov 24, 2013

Written by Diane Samuels

Directed by Brian Yandle

Coproduced by Big Wig Productions

Tickets: $15

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Some saw the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe for what it was … and got their children out.  Out, to the distant and safer shores of rural England.  But at what cost? Read More »

Estimated run time: 2 hours.


The Electric Baby

"We don't speak. We communicate by lunar cycle."

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Jan 9 – Jan 19, 2014

Written by Stefanie Zadravec

Directed by Josh Benjamin

Coproduced by Josh Benjamin Productions

When sudden tragedy strikes, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical baby. Folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next. 

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


"What's so great about the truth? Try lying for a change, it's the currency of the world.”

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May 8 – May 18, 2014

Written by Patrick Marber

Directed by Paul Sapp

Coproduced by She's-a-Nelson

Burning Coal and She’s-a-Nelson will team up to present Closer by Patrick Marber.  Tickets available at (919) 439-4283 or (336)970-1744 .

Alice, a wayward former stripper, is struck by a taxi and rescued by Dan, a charming obituary writer and fledgling novelist.  They flirt and fall madly in love.  But what happens after the happy ending?  Enter Anna, an alluring photographer taking publicity photos for Dan’s new book, and rakish dermatologist Larry, and the lines of romance and loyalty quickly begin to blur. Set in 1990’s London, Closer focuses on four desirous lives, the pairings they form, and the actions that threaten their happiness as they fall in and out of lust and love.  In Patrick Marbler’s brutally witty take on relationships, love is a heady transaction full of politics, passion, cruelty, kindness and heartbreaking honesty.

Closer was first performed at the National Theatre in London in 1997.  It enjoyed a successful run on Broadway and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and a NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Brian Fisher
Lilly Nelson
Miles Snow
Laurel Ullman

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


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