STUFF HAPPENS


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Oct 11 – Oct 28, 2018

Written by David Hare

Directed by Lillian White

Stuff Happens ad (002)“I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me.”

In March, 2003, we invaded a sovereign country, looking for weapons of mass destruction.  Fifteen years later … still looking.  Shortly after the beginning of this event, playwright David Hare (Skylight), wrote a blistering play, based on interviews he conducted, and on his own imagination, they guessed at what might have been going on behind the scenes with Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, etc.  In the 15 intervening years, no one has come forward to suggest that he got any facts wrong.  On the anniversary of this ignoble event, we are proud to open our 22nd season with this critical piece of theatre and history.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

The Weir


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Nov 29 – Dec 16, 2018

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Jerome Davis

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“There is no dark like a wintry night in the country. And there was a wind like this one tonight, howling and whistling in off the sea. You hear it under the door, and its like some one singing, singing in under the door at you. It was this type of night. Am I setting the scene for you?

All the boys have gathered, as they will do, in the pub, to tell their oft told ghostly tales. But tonight is a different night. Because a young woman, Valerie, has arrived in town. And she’s never heard their tales before. But then, again … they haven’t heard hers.

This production is suitable for ages 16 and up.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

ASHE IN JOHANNESBURG


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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

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In the late 60s/early 1970s, a meteor shot across the sportsworld, a young African American man named Arthur Ashe.  He won the US Open in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a ‘major’.  In 1970, the won the Australian Open and in 1975, wearing the ‘whites’ of the All-England Club, he defeated the brash Jimmy Connors to claim the Wimbledon crown.  But it was a little known competition that he entered in 1973, one that took him into the heart of Apartheid South Africa, that saw Ashe fight, and win, his greatest battle.  And it wasn’t on a tennis court.

Burning Coal has commissioned the rising young playwright Hannah Benitez to tell this little known story for the first time.

This production is suitable for ages 14 and up.

 

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

The Great Celestial Cow


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Apr 11 – Apr 28, 2019

Written by Sue Townsend

Directed by Sonia Desai

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“Sita was the life and soul.  That’s what Lila said, the life and soul.  I don’t know what it means.”

“It means mama was good for a laugh.”

“Laughter is different in a village.  Here (in the big city), there are walls and echoes to make a woman’s laughter sound defiant and coarse.”

Sue Townsend made a name for herself writing children’s stories like The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4s.  Then, in 1984, her masterpiece about a woman searching for her own self-worth amid the great city in the West brought her international acclaim.  When the family uprooted from India and headed West to a new life, Sita was joyful.  But the reality of that new life was not quite what she expected.  And why, why was her old milk cow tagging along for the ride, if only in her mind?

This production is suitable for ages 16 and up.

 

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

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THE CONTAINER
 by Clare Bayley
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 6:30 and 8 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

Your MAINSTAGE SUBSCRIPTION still only costs $80 apiece (a savings of 20% off full priced tickets).  And, for $30 more, you can purchase a BREAKFAST CLUB SUBSCRIPTION, which includes all 4 of our mainstage shows, tickets to all 3 of our summer 2020 Second Stage shows (TBA) and breakfast with the Artistic Director (catered by the Flying Biscuit!) in October, 2019.  To Subscribe, CLICK HERE or call us at 919.834.4001.

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

The Container by Clare Bayley


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Oct 9 – Oct 27, 2019

Written by Clare Bayley

Directed by TBA

Coproduced by The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm and Sundays at 2 and 4 pm


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by Clare Bayley

A group of strangers, African immigrants, are struggling to get to a better life in the West.  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.

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.


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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 music 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.

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.


Talleys Folly ImageLanford Wilson’s beautiful and funny Pulitzer Prize winning 1980 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.”

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.


Silent Sky ImageLauren 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.

 

Past Productions & Events

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Sunday in the Park with George


Apr 9 – May 3, 2015

Written by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine

Directed by Jerome Davis

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece about the painter Georges Seurat and his obsessive quest to create the painting that would define his life, his city, and his time.  The second act then moves forward in time to look at George’s great grandson and his own fight to make art in a world where beauty often takes a backseat to commerce.  This remarkable work remains one of only three American musicals ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.  Includes the timeless Sondheim classics Finishing the Hat, Putting it Together, Children and Art and Move On.

Learn more about the history of the show and more here on our website created by Laura Owens and Madeline Kvale.

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Sunday in the Park with George Trailer from Long Street Media on Vimeo.

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