2017 – 2018 Main Stage Season


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A Season of Magic & Mischief

Burning Coal’s 21st in Raleigh, North Carolina

Darkside
by Tom Stoppard & Pink Floyd
Directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir
October 12 – 29, 2017

Peter Pan & Wendy
Adapted by Lillian White & Burning Coal Theatre
from the beloved novel by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Lillian White
November 30 – December 17, 2017

The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer
Directed by Emily Ranii
January 18– February 4, 2018

King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Karen O’Brien
April 12 – 29, 2018

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Mainstage Season of four plays (shown above) is $80 per subscription.  CLICK HERE to get your Mainstage subscription.

Breakfast Club Subscription of the above four plays plus three plays from our “second stage series” and breakfast with the artistic director in October, 2017 is $110 per subscription.  CLICK HERE to get your Breakfast Club subscription.

In 2017/18 Burning Coal will be teaming up with Bev’s Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh.  Bev’s will be soliciting four nationally recognized painters to create the four posters for the Burning Coal season.  A showing of all four artists’ work will take place at Bev’s on October 6th and 7th, 2017, where all four designs will be displayed.

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The Breakfast Club


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You can get your 2017/2018 breakfast club subscription for only $110.  This subscription includes tickets to all 4 Main Stage Shows, all 3 Second Stage Shows.

Main Stage Shows

Darkside- October 12 – 29, 2017
Written by Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd
Directed by Palina Jonsdottir

Peter Pan & Wendy – November 30 – December 17, 2017
Devised by Lillian White & the Burning Coal company
Directed by Lillian White

The Normal Heart - January 18 – February 4, 2018
Written by Larry Kramer
Directed by Emily Ranii

TBA - April 12 – 29, 2018
Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Karen O’Brien

Second Stage Series

The three 2017/2018 Second Stage shows (TBA), our “Wait Til You See This!” series, will run in repertory, June, 2018.  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.

2017/2018 WAIT TIL YOU SEE THIS


Jun 7 – Jun 24, 2018

Written by Renee A. Nixon, Sheila Callaghan and Gary Owen

Directed by Renee A. Nixon, Kayla Kaufman and Jerome Davis

Coproduced by Renee A. Nixon & She-Cow Productions, Women's Theatre Festival and Burning Coal Theatre

SIX performances of each play, running in repertory throughout the month of June, 2018.

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THREE brilliant playwrights, three magnificent performances at the theatre, all part of our annual WAIT ‘TIL YOU SEE THIS! Second Stage Series of Plays.

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s second stage series, Wait Til You See This, will include three plays  running in repertory during the month of June, 2018.  This year’s series will include

 

WORRIED written & directed by Renee A. Nixon
June 7, 10, 15 & 23 at 7:30
June 16 & 24 at 2 pm
Click here for tickets to Worried

CRUMBLE (LAY ME DOWN, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE)
by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Kayla Kaufman
presented by the Women’s Theatre Festival
June 8, 16, 21 & 24 at 7:30 pm
June 9 & 17 at 2 pm
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IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT by Gary Owen
directed by Jerome Davis
produced by Burning Coal Theatre
June 9, 14, 17 at 7:30 pm
June 22 at 8:00 pm
June 10 & 23 at 2 pm
Click here for tickets to Iphigenia in Splott

These three electrifying plays will keep you riveted with their storytelling. Tickets:  919.834.4001. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

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

STUFF HAPPENS


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Oct 11 – Oct 28, 2018

Written by David Hare

Directed by Lillian White

Stuff Happens ad (002)“I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me.”

In March, 2003, we invaded a sovereign country, looking for weapons of mass destruction.  Fifteen years later … still looking.  Shortly after the beginning of this event, playwright David Hare (Skylight), wrote a blistering play, based on interviews he conducted, and on his own imagination, they guessed at what might have been going on behind the scenes with Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, etc.  In the 15 intervening years, no one has come forward to suggest that he got any facts wrong.  On the anniversary of this ignoble event, we are proud to open our 22nd season with this critical piece of theatre and history

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

ASHE IN JOHANNESBURG


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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

Ashe in Johannesburg ad printIn the late 60s/early 1970s, a meteor shot across the sportsworld, a young African American man named Arthur Ashe.  He won the US Open in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a ‘major’.  In 1970, the won the Australian Open and in 1975, wearing the ‘whites’ of the All-England Club, he defeated the brash Jimmy Connors to claim the Wimbledon crown.  But it was a little known competition that he entered in 1973, one that took him into the heart of Apartheid South Africa, that saw Ashe fight, and win, his greatest battle.  And it wasn’t on a tennis court.

Burning Coal has commissioned the rising young playwright Hannah Benitez to tell this little known story for the first time.

 

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

The Great Celestial Cow


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Apr 11 – Apr 28, 2019

Written by Sue Townsend

Directed by TBA

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“Sita was the life and soul.  That’s what Lila said, the life and soul.  I don’t know what it means.”

“It means mama was good for a laugh.”

“Laughter is different in a village.  Here (in the big city), there are walls and echoes to make a woman’s laughter sound defiant and coarse.”

Sue Townsend made a name for herself writing children’s stories like The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4s.  Then, in 1984, her masterpiece about a woman searching for her own self-worth amid the great city in the West brought her international acclaim.  When the family uprooted from India and headed West to a new life, Sita was joyful.  But the reality of that new life was not quite what she expected.  And why, why was her old milk cow tagging along for the ride, if only in her mind?

 

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

The Weir


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Nov 29 – Dec 16, 2018

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Jerome Davis

the weir ad“There is no dark like a wintry night in the country. And there was a wind like this one tonight, howling and whistling in off the sea. You hear it under the door, and its like some one singing, singing in under the door at you. It was this type of night. Am I setting the scene for you?

All the boys have gathered, as they will do, in the pub, to tell their oft told ghostly tales. But tonight is a different night. Because a young woman, Valerie, has arrived in town. And she’s never heard their tales before. But then, again … they haven’t heard hers.

 

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

2018-2019 Season


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The Difference Makers

Burning Coal’s 22nd Season
in Raleigh, North Carolina

 

 

 

 

Whether it is global leaders or a lonely old mechanic in a pub, whether it is a world class tennis star or a mother fighting to imbue her daughter with a sense of self-worth, they are the difference makers … and these are their stories.

STUFF HAPPENS
by David Hare
Directed by Lillian White
October 11 – 28, 2018

THE WEIR by Conor McPherson
Directed by Jerome Davis
November 29- December 16, 2018

ASHE IN JOHANNESBURG
by Hannah Benitez (World Premiere)
Directed by Jerome Davis
January 24– February 10, 2019

THE GREAT CELESTIAL COW
by Sue Townsend
Directed by TBA
April 11– 28, 2019

To subscribe CLICK HERE or call 919.834.4001.  Subscription tickets and tickets to individual shows are now onsale!  If you want to get tickets to individual productions, click on the production titles above.

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Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


 

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.