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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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 and TBA

Directed by Renee A. Nixon and TBA

Coproduced by Renee A. Nixon and TBA

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

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, ONE, TWO, THREE will include WORRIED by Renee A. Nixon, and two other plays TBA.  These three electrifying plays will keep you riveted with their storytelling.

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ABOUT WORRIED written & directed by Renée A. Nixon 

We are all worried about something. We all have our own set of worries—be it finding true love; getting rid of love; staying healthy; or fighting to stay alive.  Worried is a set of monologues about people who have real but different worries that have affected their lives and bodies. With humor and a simple shared bond, each character has something that audiences can relate to no matter what they are worried about.  Now, the question is…what makes you worried?

ABOUT RENEE A. NIXON
A movie critic, playwright and collector are just a few things that describe Renée A. Nixon. A native of Durham, NC has been a movie critic for NC A&T State University Register, The Urban Journal, WQOK-FM, and Plugged TV.  In August 2010, her company DPPR produced her play “Blindsided” at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC to rave reviews.   And in May 2017, an early version of ‘WORRIED’ was produced by DPPR, which raised several pounds of food for the Catholic Charities of Durham.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association of Black Journalists, and is an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Durham.  She is also one of the coordinators for the Garland Lee Thompson’s Reader’s Theatre of New Works at the National Black Theatre Festival. She is currently working on her first mystery novel. 

 

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

Mainstage Shows


Join us for a hot season of cool theatre at Burning Coal.

 

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.

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.