Burning Coal Theatre puts on a yearly season of live theatre that is innovative, visceral and an integral part of local Raleigh theater scene. For more, read below.
*Indoor events will require proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test, plus a face mask. See details by clicking here. Some productions also have livestream options.
Join us for our 2021/2022 season at Burning Coal Theatre, where we’ll pull magic out of a hat and astonish you with the power of words. This is what we’ve waited for! And best of all, our prices have not gone up! $80 for a mainstage subscription ($110 if you add on our unique second stage series, which will also get you breakfast with our artistic director himself in October 2021 at the lovely rooftop 10th & Terrace, at Residence Inn Downtown Raleigh.)
Once you have subscribed, we will mail you a welcome letter and subscriber card(s). Bring your subscriber card to the check-in station at the performance to be hole punched, and receive a quicker check-in (hint: it fits in your wallet!).
We recommend reserving your spot for a specific performance date in advance. To reserve your date, call us at 919.834.4001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserving ensures you have a seat in case the performance sells out.
I AND YOU by Lauren Gunderson / October 7 – 24, 2021
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
A young girl, alone, suffering from a life-threatening disease. Her life hangs in the balance, when in walks … her school’s star basketball player? Why is he here? What does he want from her? Can she trust him? How did he get past her guard dog of a mother? And for heaven’s sake, why is he spouting Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass? You may not believe in miracles when you walk in to the theatre, but when you walk out … well, that’s another matter indeed.
“I and this mystery. Here we stand.”
THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard / December 2 – 19, 2021
Directed by Jerome Davis
Based on the true story of a South African woman, Miss Helen, who began to create sculptures late in her life, determined that her voice would finally be heard. Athol Fugard’s masterpiece was hailed on its original production at Burning Coal as one of the Triangle’s best productions of the decade. Artistic Director Jerome Davis again returns to the Karoo Desert and to the play he calls “one of my five all-time favorites.”
ART by Yasmina Reza / January 27 – February 13, 2022
French playwright Yasmina Reza’s comic masterpiece about three middle aged men, long-time friends, who’s seemingly inseparable bond is torn when one of them decides suddenly to purchase an abstract painting, a completely white canvas. Since it premiered in France in 1994, Art has been translated into numerous languages and has won many awards for best comedy, including the Olivier Award for its premiere production in London (starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott) and the Tony Award for its Broadway premiere (starring Alan Alda, Alfred Molina and Victor Garber).
THE LIFE OF GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by David Edgar / April 7 – 24, 2022
Directed by Jerome Davis
A peculiar bird, that one. With odd ideas. Working alone to all hours of the night. Then, what’s this? He has an idea? An idea that will shake the foundation of science, of religion, of our place in the cosmos? Well, by all means, let’s hear it! After all, we are civilized men.
The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by David Edgar, tells the story of a man of science who was willing to challenge the most powerful structures on earth … up to a point. Was he right to do so? Should he have gone further? What are we to take from his story?
“No, it isn’t possible for people to fly. It would need some kind of mechanical device, which doesn’t exist yet. Perhaps it never will. But of course, we can’t know that. We don’t know nearly enough, in fact. We’re really just at the beginning.”