2020-2021 Season at Burning Coal


Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2020/2021 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/dir. by Jerome Davis
October 8 – 25, 2020
When the 15 year old Rory experiences loss for the first time in her young life, it inspires her to set out on a journey to honor a lost friend.  Her brain is telling her, don’t go, don’t go!  But her heart knows that she must.

 

 

 

 

Evita image for websiteEVITA by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice / directed by Lillian White
December 3 – 20, 2020
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”.

 

 

 

5th of July image for websiteFIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson / directed by Jerome Davis
January 28 – February 14, 2021
In this ‘sequel’ to Talley’s Folly, the date is July 5th, the year is 1975, and Sally has returned home to deal with the family.  But can this family be dealt with?  And will Sally be able to cut loose from this old house once and for all, or will she find herself pulled back in by its charm, its danger, and its memories?  Burning Coal is proud to announce that Trish Hawkins, the original Sally Talley in the Broadway production of Talley’s Folly will reclaim the role, 30 years on, for which she is most known.

 

 

Three Sisters image for websiteTHE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov / directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
April 8 – 25, 2021
Irina, Masha and Olga live a charmed life.  Their country estate is filled regularly with admirers, their younger brother dotes upon them, and the servants are at their beck and call.  But something is changing, something unspoken.  They sense it.  And they know that if they are going to go to Moscow, they had better go now.

 

 

 

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Tickets to the Mainstage (4 play season) are $80 apiece (a 20% savings off full priced tickets)
Tickets to the Breakfast Club Series (mainstage plus our 3 play second stage series) are $110
And if you subscribe to either of these series, you will receive a free ticket to our exciting NINETEENTH!, a celebration of the passage of this historic 19th Amendment (August 20 – 30, 2020).

The Container by Clare Bayley


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Oct 10 – Oct 27, 2019

Written by Clare Bayley

Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

Coproduced by The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 and 9:00 pm and Sundays at 2 and 4 pm


Container - postcard front 2THE CONTAINER
by Clare Bayley
Five people from war torn countries find themselves thrown together, escaping in a shipping container….”.  They have fought overwhelming odds to get this far.  But where are they, except somewhere that they don’t know anything about, in the dark, surrounded by strangers, in a shipping container.  Is freedom minutes away?  Or something much worse?  

You, the audience, will join them for their journey, inside the Container.
NOTE:  All performances are SOLD OUT.  If you would like to get on a wait list, please call us at 919.834.4001. 

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Estimated run time: 1 hours.

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe


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Dec 5 – Dec 22, 2019

Written by Lerner & Loewe

Directed by Jerome Davis

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  And we've added Saturday matinees on 12/14 and 12/21 at 2 pm! NOTE: TALK BACK with cast following performance on Friday, December 20th (free to all ticket holders for Camelot). 


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CAMELOT
by Lerner & Loewe
directed by Jerome Davis
Based on T.H. White’s beloved novel, Camelot is about the legendary King Arthur, the love of his life, the Lady Guinevere, and the man who Arthur saw as a son, the young Sir Lancelot.  It is a musical about the dream of a better place and the battle to create such a place.  Featuring classics such as CamelotThe Lusty Month of May, If Ever I Would Leave You and C’est Moi. Read More »

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson


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Jan 23 – Feb 9, 2020

Written by Lanford Wilson

Directed by John Gulley

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


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Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
Lanford Wilson’s beautiful and funny Pulitzer Prize winning 1980 play introduces us to Matt Friedman and Sally Talley, who come together, for better or for worse, in a gazebo on a river bank in Missouri in 1944.  The New York Times called the play “… a valentine to a classic romantic ideal: two lost souls finding in each other a respite from loneliness.”

Talkback with Sheldon Bleiweiss* on Sunday, February 2 immediately following the 2 pm matinee.
Actor Talkback – Friday, February 7 immediately following 7:30 pm performance. 

Both free to all ticketholders from all dates.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson


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Apr 9 – Apr 26, 2020

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


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SILENT SKY
 by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Lauren Gunderson’s funny and charming play about Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who wanted nothing but to be allowed to work in the field of her choice, astronomy.  But when she began at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, women weren’t even allowed to touch a telescope, let alone take credit for the awesome discover that she would soon make.

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

2019-2020 Season!


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Burning Coal Theatre Company is delighted to announce its 23rd season in Raleigh:

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THE CONTAINER
 by Clare Bayley
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo
In a collaboration with Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, Gab Smith, Executive Director
October 10 – 27, 2019
at CAM/Raleigh – 409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 and 9 pm
Sundays at 2 and 4 pm
Note:  This production will take place in a shipping container on the grounds of CAM/Raleigh

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe
Directed by Jerome Davis
December 5 – 22, 2019
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

TALLEY’S FOLLY by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama from 1980 about two of society’s outcasts who come together in a gazebo in rural Missouri in 1944
January 23 – February 9, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
The true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 1900s pioneer in astronomy at a time when a woman wasn’t even allowed to touch a telescope 
April 9 – 26, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

It is possible to purchase MAINSTAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS for 3/4s of the season for only $60 apiece.  If you would like to do this, call us at 919.834.4001.

And, for $30 more, you can purchase a Breakfast Club Subscription, which includes all 3 remaining mainstage shows and tickets to all 3 of our summer 2020 Second Stage shows (TBA).  To Subscribe call us at 919.834.4001.

To purchase tickets for individual productions, please click on the individual links above or call 919.834.4001.

 

Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


 

The Prisoner’s Dilemma


9/6 at 7:30 pm

9/13 at 7:30 pm

9/21 at 2 pm

9/27 at 2 pm

9/27 at 7:30 pm

As a brutal civil war rages in a once bucolic Eastern European country, a small group of optimistic social workers gather in Finland  at one of their homes.  Their goal: to negotiate a lasting peace.  Into this pristine, Western environment comes members of both warring ethnicities.  What could possibly go wrong?   NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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Pentecost


9/5 at 7:30 pm

9/6 at 2 pm

9/12 at 7:30 pm

9/19 at 7:30 pm

9/20 at 2 pm

9/20 at 7:30 pm

9/26 at 7:30 pm

On a wall in an abandoned cathedral in Eastern Europe, a woman has discovered something that may change the course of history.  But once it is known, who will want to take control of it?  And at what cost?  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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The Shape of the Table


9/4 at 7:30 pm

9/11 at 7:30 pm

9/13 at 2 pm

9/14 at 2 pm

9/18 at 7:30 pm

9/25 at 7:30 pm

In the autumn of 1989, crowds began to appear in large metropolitan cities across Eastern Europe’s Soviet Bloc countries.  Inside the countries’ governments, a small group of men and women huddled.  “What do they want?”  The answer came back firmly:  “They want to be free.”  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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The Iron Curtain Trilogy


Sep 4 – Sep 27, 2014

Written by David Edgar

Directed by Jerome Davis

The Iron Curtain Trilogy

This autumn, the world will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain. To commemorate this event, Burning Coal Theatre Company will present, for the first time anywhere, all three of David Edgar’s magnificent Iron Curtain Trilogy. The three plays will run in repertory, so that it will be possible to see all three in a single weekend.  NOTE: The Iron Curtain Trilogy will be performed at 117 S. West Street in downtown Raleigh.  Then Burning Coal will be performing the trilogy at the Cockpit in London in November.

Click here to visit the incredible website REVOLUTION: THE IRON CURTAIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT created by UNC’s Department of European Studies in collaboration with Burning Coal Theatre and Wake County Public Schools.

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Past Productions


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