Conversations I Always Wanted to Have

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Jan 28 – Feb 14, 2021

Written by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld and Renee Nixon

Conversations combo graphicConversations I Always Wanted to Have: A Repertory Season of Two Plays by Dael Orlandersmith

Burning Coal is excited to present two stunning plays by the African American playwright Dael Orlandersmith.  The plays will be presented live each date on the stage of the Burning Coal Theatre and livestreamed into your home for viewing.

Forever by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld is a semi-autobiographical work that traces the tempestuous relationship between a young girl, growing up in East Harlem, and her ex-dancer mother, a force of nature and a troubled mind who has been forced by circumstances beyond her control to give up so much in order to survive, and to keep her daughter safe. Dates:  January 28, 30, February 5, 11 and 13th at 7 pm and Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2 pm. Tickets for both plays available by clicking hereContent Warning: discussion of child abuse, rape, language.   

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Forever will star Emelia ‘MeMe’ Cowans

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Renee Nixon is a play comprised of interviews Ms. Orlandersmith conducted with residents of Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing. Its reach is broad, and the characters introduced range from the introspective to the fiercely confrontational.  Dates: Jan 29, Feb 4, 6, and 12 at 7 pm and Sunday, Jan 31 and Feb 14 at 2 pm. Tickets for both plays available by clicking hereContent Warning: Language.  

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Until the Flood 
will star Byron Jennings.

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Giving Tuesday is HERE!

giving tuesday 12-01-2020Every year on Giving Tuesday a massive wave of generosity makes an impact across the globe. We know now more than ever that every person has the power to make a difference. This December 1st, commit to one act of kindness to be a part of the global movement. 

One way to participate is making a donation to a non-profit you care about. A leadership group of supporters has come together this year to create a $3,500 match for Burning Coal. So any donation you make to support your local, professional theatre from now through December 1st, 2020, will be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

If you would like to celebrate by making a contribution to Burning Coal, please consider signing up for our new monthly donation option to strengthen our impact in the community all year long. 

Please contact our Development Director at with any Giving Tuesday questions. Thank you for being a part of the Burning Coal family, and happy Giving Tuesday!

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Intern at Burning CoalBurning Coal Theatre Company can create internships in arts administration, technical theatre, acting, directing, stage managing or a combination of the above.  Those interested in working as an intern with Burning Coal should forward an email indicating your area of interest, availability (dates and times of day), and a resume.  We will call you to set up an interview. Internships are not paid, though housing may be available. Our email address is

Acting, directing and stage management internships primarily take place during the season (Sept – May). Arts Management and technical theatre internships are available over the summer or throughout the year. Read More »

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