2020-2021 Season at Burning Coal


SNOW has completed its run, but you can still purchase a THREE QUARTER SUBSCRIPTION by Clicking Here and use the CODE 3QuarterSeason24

Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2020/2021 RESET Season, Going Places!, a season of plays about people who are on the move, setting out for new horizons, new destinies, and new hopes. 

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A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy
directed by Jerome Davis
October 15 – November 1, 2020
When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her: don’t go!  But her heart knows that she must.  

NOTE:  Snow will be performed live at Burning Coal Theatre but with an audience of only 4 people per performance.  Audiences will be blindfolded during the middle portion of the show.  Performances will be Thursdays – Saturdays at 6 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.

 Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

 

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Conversations I Always Wanted to Have:
A Repertory Season of TwoPlays by Dael Orlandersmith
 

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. 

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 7 at 7 pm and Sunday, Jan 31 and Feb 14 at 2 pm. 

NOTE:  The two play repertory season will be performed live on Burning Coal’s stage each date, but only available to view through a livestreamed event. 

Tickets for both plays available by clicking here.

 

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Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
directed by Lillian White
Spring, 2021 (TBD)
Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she ain’t stayin’ there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”.  

NOTE:  Evita will be presented in a socially distanced outdoor venue TBA.

Advanced tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

Mainstage Series (4 play season) are $80 apiece (a 20% savings)
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Conversations I Always Wanted to Have


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Jan 28 – Feb 14, 2021

Written by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Jordan Lichtenheld and Renèe Nixon

Conversations watch partiesConversations I Always Wanted to Have: A Rotating 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 on the stage of the Burning Coal Theatre and livestreamed into your home for viewing. One of the two plays will be performed on each date, in rotating order (see below for specific dates).  Each play runs about 80 minutes.

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVESTREAM GUIDE!

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROGRAM FOR BOTH FOREVER AND UNTIL THE FLOOD

For this production, a watch party is a group of 10+ people who attend the same performance of one of our virtual plays, and may receive a complimentary talk-back afterwards with a member of the production if requested at least a week in advance (actor, director, etc.). And watch party members qualify for our group discount, so tickets are $15 per person instead of the regular adult ticket price of $25. Sponsorships of $500 or more may also include a watch party for an organization. For sponsorship info contact development@burningcoal.org.

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Forever will star Emelia ‘MeMe’ Cowans-Taylor

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Renèe 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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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy


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Oct 8 – Oct 25, 2020

Written by Tatty Hennessy

Directed by Jerome Davis

Thursdays - Saturdays at 6, 7:45 and 9:30 pm, Sundays at 2, 4 and 6 pm

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When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her: “Don’t go!”  But her heart knows that she must.  This beautiful coming of age story begins in the confines of a cynical 15 year old’s mind, and ends in the heart-warming realization that life is short and the world is a big and glorious place.

Watch the Trailer HERE.

NOTE:  Snow will be performed live at Burning Coal Theatre but with an audience of only four people per performance.  Performances will be Thursdays – Saturdays at 6 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.

Click here for the Podcast Interview Series Into the Fire for interviews with

- Playwright Tatty Hennessy
- Original production director Lucy Atkinson
- Actors Laura Lillian Baggett and Kimmy Fiorentino

Click here to see the livestream interview with Heather Chandler, founding creative partner of Fortnite

AFTERTHOUGHTS, a video series dedicated to deeper considerations of the themes and events surrounding our mainstage productions, is pleased to kick off with two exceptional speakers:
Gemma Barnett, the first actor to play ‘Rory’ in London’s West End

Caroline Hamilton, Artic Expedition Leader

 

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Estimated run time: 1 hours.

Evita


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Jun 17 – Jun 27, 2021

Written by Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Jerome Davis

Subscribers to 2020/2021 Season email development@burningcoal.org to make your reservations!

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Evita Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

directed by Jerome Davis
June 17 – 27, 2021
Dorothea Dix Park – 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh (outdoors!)

Eva Peron is from the wrong side of the tracks.  But she isn’t staying there long.  She’s on a one-way trajectory, and that one way is up.  If she has to kick a few people aside in the process, then so be it.  One of Webber’s best scores, this show contains “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” and “Buenos Aires”

Evita por Andrew Lloyd Webber y Tim Rice
dirigida por Jerome Davis
17 al 27 de junio de 2021
Al aire libre en Dorothea Dix Park – 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh

Eva Perón viene del lado equivocado de la vía. Pero no se queda allí mucho tiempo. Está en una trayectoria de un solo sentido, y ese camino es hacia arriba. Si tiene que pasar por encima de algunas personas en el proceso, así será. Una de las mejores partituras de Webber, este musical contiene “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A New Argentina”, “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” y “Buenos Aires”. Esta actuación está en inglés.

 

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.

 

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