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2016/2017 20th Anniversary Season Subscriptions are STILL available. One show is already done, but the last three still remain – so you can buy your 75% subscription today – a 20% savings off the single-ticket full prices.   Your Main Stage subscription will include a ticket to each of our 3 remaining Main Stage Shows.  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!  

Written on the Heart ·  Dec 1 – 18, 2016
Written by David Edgar
Directed by Jerome Davis

Heisenberg ·  Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2017
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Emily Ranii

The Royale ·  April 6 – 23, 2017
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

 

The Breakfast Club


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to purchase the Breakfast Club series, call us at 919.834.4001

You can still get your 2016/2017 breakfast club subscription for only $90.  This 3/4 subscription includes tickets to all 3 remaining Main Stage Shows, all 3 Second Stage Shows.

Remaining Main Stage Shows

Written on the Heart ·  December 1 – 18, 2016
Written by David Edgar
Directed by Jerome Davis

Heisenberg ·  January 19 – February 5, 2017
Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Emily Ranii

The Royale ·  April 6 – 23, 2017
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

The three 2016/2017 Breakfast Club shows (TBA) will run in repertory, June, 2017.  Tickets may be purchased for each individual show once titles and respective dates have been announced or purchased now as part of your Breakfast Club Subscription.

Written on the Heart


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Dec 1 – Dec 18, 2016

Written by David Edgar

Directed by Jerome Davis

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Think you know your King James Bible?  Think again.

David Edgar’s roaring celebration of the astonishing story of the 80 year long fight to create a Bible that could be read and understood by the People.   A Heretic is hunted down by the Church.  His illicit tome is burned, followed shortly by its author.  But William Tyndale left behind something more than his own charred bones.  He left behind an idea.

“a learned, information-packed and engrossing play” – Michael Billington, The Guardian

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCZCKhjy55E

Heisenberg


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Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2017

Written by Simon Stephens

Directed by Emily Ranii

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Director Emily Ranii returns to Burning Coal to direct a startling play about an uncertain romance that transcends time.  Heisenberg is a love story about two people trapped by time, determined to push past the confines that life has imposed on them.   Most of us imagine that we are ‘free’ to make choices in our life, but then when the moment of truth comes, we step quietly inside the box of conformity.  But what would happen if, just once, we didn’t?

Simon Stephens is the author of the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

The Royale


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Apr 6 – Apr 23, 2017

Written by Marco Ramirez

Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

SHADOW OF A BOXER

 

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of pressure does it put on a man when you ask him to be brutal, cunning and selfish one minute and quiet, thoughtful and subservient the next?  For the first African American Heavy Weight Champion, that question took a back seat to the even more important one:  what kind of pressure does he put on himself.  This electrifying new play will knock you for a loop!

“This country’s been waiting for this fight, whether they like it or not!” – from The Royale

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Second Stage Shows


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Burning Coal’s 2016-2017 second stage series, Wait Til You See This! will include three productions running in repertory from June 8 – 25, 2017.  Burning Coal is currently seeking submissions for this series.  If you are a producer with a work that would stretch the boundaries of what might regularly be seen on our stages, please contact artistic director Jerome Davis at coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com.

Gift Certificates


We’re pleased to offer gift certificates. The certificates are $50 and they cover admission for two to any performance of any play on the current season. Call to order over the phone at (919) 834-4001

 

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. Read More »

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.  

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Estimated run time: 1.5 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."

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.

The Wiz


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

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.

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.