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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Cast & Crew

Emilia 'MeMe' Cowans

Until the Flood
Byron Jennings

Production Stage Manager Cynita Lew
Technical Director Greg Osbeck
Scenery by Nadir Bey
Lighting by Matthew Adelson
Costumes by 
Properties by Elizabeth Newton
Sound by Juan Isler
Master Electrician Barry Jaked
Scene Painter Meredith Riggan
ASMs Aleigha Lambert
Assistant Director
Board Op
Asst to the Lighting Designer Sydney Fansler


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