Oakwood Lives 2016: Home Again!


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Come see a one-of-a-kind performance at Raleigh’s “cemetery full of life!”  Every year, Burning Coal Theatre teams up with Historic Oakwood Cemetery to present an evening of vignettes about notable people who are resting peacefully there.

This year’s theme is “Home Again.”  To celebrate the release of Oakwood to Oakwood by local historian Bruce Miller, all of the plays focus on people who have lived in the Oakwood neighborhood or were instrumental in making it the special place that it is today.

We are proud to feature local playwrights and actors in this evening about the best (or not!) of the Triangle.  This years featured plays include:

“Vallie’s Flowers” by Rebecca Bossen
“Henry Jerome Stockard” by Courtney Pisano
“Mamie and Grace Bates” by Arya Sundaram
“Polite Society” by Brook North
“An Awkward Family Boodle” by Allan Maule
“Ames and Bill” by Jason Tyne-Zimmerman
“Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist Jew” by Jorie Slodki

May 20-22, 2016
6:30 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday

Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students, available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance.

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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.

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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 – Goodmon


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Barbara Goodmon is an actively engaged philanthropist and advocate, supporting and promoting effective and high-quality human services for communities in need. At age 22, her career began as the head nurse in the pediatric trauma and burns unit in Memphis, TN. She obtained her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1965 and later acquired a Bachelor of Arts in from Meredith College in 1994 (magna cum laude) and a Master of Liberal Studies from North Carolina State University in 2000. 

Her devotion to helping disadvantaged people and those in need has been a lifelong pursuit. She was nearby when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and the moment proved to be a turning point in her life. After moving to North Carolina, she began dedicating herself to civic and social change through decades of community engagement, board service, and philanthropy here in North Carolina. A passionate believer in community building, partnerships, and supporting the less fortunate, Barbara has served as President of AJ Fletcher Foundation since 2003 and was Executive Director 2003-2012. The organization is recognized for its ability to promote collaboration and capacity-building in the nonprofit sector.

Barbara has been significantly involved in several community organization boards. In 2014, the Salvation Army of Wake County named its new women’s shelter after Barbara, one of its most dedicated, tireless champions. She was named to its Advisory Board in 1981 and served as the first and only female board Chairman from 1985-1987. In the early nineties, Barbara started and led the Christmas Committee which currently involves more than 2,000 volunteers and provides over 1,200 families with new toys, clothing, and food during the holiday season.

As Vice Chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, she was committed to starting a successful substance abuse treatment center for homeless men and women in Raleigh. Opening its doors in 2001, the facilities have provided more than one million beds of shelter and days of recovery to homeless men and women. She served on the Wake County Human Services board from 1996-2005, serving as Chairman for three of those years, and helped start the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University in 2004.

Barbara currently serves as President and Board Member of The Fletcher Academy and has previously served on the Meredith College Board of Trustees, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board, University of North Carolina School of Social Work Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Board of Trustees, and the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, amongst many others.

Barbara has received both the prestigious William Booth Award (1992) and Others Award (1999) from The Salvation Army, recognizing her demonstrated dedication to the organization’s goals of service to humankind as well as outstanding service to the community. Barbara was also honored in 1998 as a YWCA Academy of Women Inductee.

When Barbara isn’t spending time supporting community initiatives, she is mostly traveling to all corners of the world, practicing yoga, or with the family she loves dearly. She is married to James (Jim) Fletcher Goodmon and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

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 young, 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 monologue will be supported by live sung opera music originally made famous by Maria Callas.  The singer will be Julianna Tauschinger-Dempsey.  The music director will be Christian Stahr.

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, 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: 1.25 hours.

Cirque de Vol presents “The Fringe Dwellers”


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Jun 11 – Jun 25, 2016

Written by TBD

Performances on 6/11, 17, and 23 at 7:30 pm, and 6/18 and 6/25 at 2 pm

Light Pours In: Kaci Torres and Liz Bliss

Light Pours In: Kaci Torres and Liz Bliss

Cirque acrobats cultivate presence is this aerial journey through portals of light, movement and sound. Audience members will explore realms of higher consciousness, Jungian archetype and inter-dimensional beings in this enlightening somatic experience of light, movement and sound.

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

 

Past Productions & Events

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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). 

Sunday in the Park with George


Apr 9 – May 3, 2015

Written by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine

Directed by Jerome Davis

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece about the painter Georges Seurat and his obsessive quest to create the painting that would define his life, his city, and his time.  The second act then moves forward in time to look at George’s great grandson and his own fight to make art in a world where beauty often takes a backseat to commerce.  This remarkable work remains one of only three American musicals ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.  Includes the timeless Sondheim classics Finishing the Hat, Putting it Together, Children and Art and Move On.

Learn more about the history of the show and more here on our website created by Laura Owens and Madeline Kvale.

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Sunday in the Park with George Trailer from Long Street Media on Vimeo.