The Mainstage Series


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2016/2017 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!

Skylight – October 6– 23, 2016
Written by David Hare
Directed by John Gulley

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

TBA  ·  January 19 – February 5, 2017
Written by tba
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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$110  The Breakfast Club

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Your 2016/2017 breakfast club subscription includes tickets to all 4 Main Stage Shows, all 3 Second Stage Shows, and breakfast with Artistic Director, Jerome Davis, PLUS a special musical event with the incredible rockers RODE HARD: THE BAND.

Main Stage Shows

 

Skylight – October 6– 23, 2016
Written by David Hare
Directed by John Gulley

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

TBA  ·  January 19 – February 5, 2017
Written by tba
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.

The 2015/2016 Second Stage Series


$25  The Second Stage Series

Your 2015/2016 Breakfast Club subscription includes tickets to all 3 Second Stage Shows.
NOTE:  2016/2017 Second Stage Shows will be announced shortly. 

Second Stage Shows

Insomnia ·  6/9, 11, 18, 19, 24, 2016
created by Koffee
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

The Fringe Dwellers ·  6/11, 17, 18, 23, 25, 2016
created by Cirque de Vol
Directed by Sarah Phoenix

Emilie ·  6/10, 12, 16, 19, 25, 26, 2016
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Eric Hale

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 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.

Skylight


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Oct 6 – Oct 23, 2016

Written by David Hare

Directed by John Gulley

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Tom is a middle-aged businessman at the top of his game.  Confident, cocky, ready to take on the world.  Kyra is a young woman living in the low rent district, teaching low-income students who could care less.  Years after an impassioned, turbulent affair, Tom crashes back into Kyra’s life.  His wife has died, and he wants Kyra back.

“You can’t help thinking that on some profound level these two were made to be together.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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.

TBA


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Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2017

Written by TBA

Directed by Emily Ranii

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Director Emily Ranii returns to Burning Coal to direct a play that is sure to leave you guessing. We don’t have the rights to it just yet, but suffice it to say it is love story about two people trapped by time, determined to push past the confines that life has imposed on them.  We’ll let you know the title as soon as we know!

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.

 

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.

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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).