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2013/2014 Season Subscriptions are now available. Buy yours today!  Your mainstage subscription will include a ticket to each of our 4 Main Stage Shows.  Please 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!

The Heretic by Richard Bean (American Premiere)
   directed by Jerome Davis
(Three Man) Tempest by William Shakespeare
   directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
The Jesus Fund (World Premiere) by Terry Milner
   directed by Beth Gardiner
The Diary of Anne Frank by Hackett and Goodrich
   directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

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Includes tickets to all 4 Main Stage Shows, all 3 Second Stage Shows, and breakfast with Artistic Director, Jerome Davis.

Main Stage Shows

The Heretic by Richard Bean (American Premiere)
   directed by Jerome Davis
(Three Man) Tempest by William Shakespeare
   directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
The Jesus Fund (World Premiere) by Terry Milner
   directed by Beth Gardiner
The Diary of Anne Frank by Hackett and Goodrich
   directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

Second Stage Shows

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels
   directed by Brian Yandle in collaboration with Big Wig Productions
The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec
   directed by Josh Benjamin
Closer by Patrick Marber
   directed by Lilly Nelson in collaboration with She’s-A-Nelson.

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


"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

call (919) 753-6626

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.

The Jesus Fund

"You came here at Aubrey's invitation. You slithered back onto this campus under false pretenses ... and you're going to stand up in a courtroom and say he's not a Christian?"

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Jan 30 – Feb 16, 2014

Written by Terry Milner

Directed by Beth Gardiner

Former Triangle based playwright Terry Milner’s electrifying new play about the confluence of organized religion and Big Money receives its world premiere at Burning Coal under the direction of Beth Gardiner.  Triangle favorite David Henderson leads a cast of extraordinary actors as they present the first staging ever of Milner’s fine new play about a Manhattan seminary faced with the choice of going bankrupt or accepting help from a radical ex-student.

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Watch the Jesus Fund Trailer


"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.

The Diary of Anne Frank


"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart."

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Apr 3 – Apr 27, 2014

Written by Goodrich & Hackett

Directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

Anyone who has ever read The Diary of Anne Frank remembers that heartstopping moment when you turned the last page … and realized there was nothing else there.  Shortly after its publication, a stage adaptation was created by Albert Hackett and Frances and Frances Goodrich.  That play has been performed countless times around the world.  One of the most monumental works of art ever created comes alive in a breathtaking new staging.


Only the final week (April 25 – 27) will be wheelchair accessible (Please see Wheel Chair/Mobility Accessibility Notice below).  Performances that week only are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.  Tickets are $25 or $20 for seniors (65+) and $15 for students and teachers.  All Thursday evening performance tickets are $15.  There will be no performance on Thursday, April 24th but the Saturday, April 26th matinee at 2 pm will be the $15 performance that week.  For information and tickets: 919.834.4001

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Watch the Anne Frank Trailer


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


(Three Man) Tempest

"All thy vexations were but my trials of thy love, and thou hast strangely stood the test."

Dec 5 – Dec 22, 2013

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Three actors.  On a table.

Betrayed by his own brother and cast to sea as for dead, Prospero and his daughter Miranda discover an island of magic and light.  But as Prospero harnesses the magic of his new ’kingdom’, his humanity diminishes.  When his brother sails nearby, he uses the magic he has learned to create a shipwreck that will bring him face to face with those who have betrayed him … and allow him to discover once and for all if he is the man he thinks he is.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

The Heretic

"I'm a scientist. I don't believe in anything."

Sep 12 – Sep 29, 2013

Written by Richard Bean

Directed by Jerome Davis

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce that it will be opening its 2013/2014 season with the U.S. premiere of Richard Bean’s scathing comedy, The Heretic.  This play won the 2011 London Evening Standard Award for Outstanding New Play of the year.  Director Jerome Davis leads a stellar cast through this minefield of a comedy that is a laugh-riot … and may just cause a riot!  Come find out why in September, 2013. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

An interview with Richard Bean


Jun 28 – Jul 8, 2012

The first ever festival of devised theatre in North Carolina.

Haymaker of Durham, NC
force/collision of Washington, DC
Neutral Ground Ensemble of New Orleans, LA
Awkward Elephant Project of Pittsburgh, PA
Urban Garden of Raleigh, NC
Machine Theatre of Charlotte, NC
Anna Jones of London/New York.

Note: $5 will get you into each performance session, which includes a performance by each of two of our visitng companies, or one company and one discussion/event.