Oakwood and History Plays

Oakwood and History Plays


Oakwood & Other History Plays

Every fall, Burning Coal Theatre presents a series of short plays from Raleigh and Triangle playwrights as outdoor theatre.  See below for more information. 

Every October, Burning Coal Theatre partners with the historic Oakwood Cemetery to present a series of short plays based on the lives of people buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, their partners, neighbors, associates and nemeses’.

Playwrights from around the Triangle and sometimes beyond will craft these short plays that look at the comical, the tragic, the dastardly and the utterly heroic lives of those who came before and upon whose shoulders, for better and for worse, the Capital City was built.

The 2022 Oakwood Cemetery Plays is on Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2022.  ‘Curtain’ is at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. 

TICKETS are $20 (adults) and $10 (students) and are available at our online ticket sales (click here) for virtual tickets or by calling 919.834.4001.

The Video-On-Demand will be released on Friday, October 14th. It can be purchased now via the same ticket link, and a link to the video will be sent to you by 4pm on October 14th. You will have 48 hours to view once you click on the link.

This is a fundraising event for Burning Coal. All ticket sales go directly support Burning Coal’s 2022/23 Season. Your ticket will be a tax-deductible contribution.

LOCATION:  701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601.  You may drive into the cemetery and you will find our ticket table 100 yards up the driveway.

For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.

2022 Oakwood Plays

Dr. Thelma Johnson Roundtree and Mary Vernon Glenton by Salinda Tyson

Louise Bunker Haynes and Zacharias Haynes by Brook North

Argo’s Folly by Lydia Sbityakov

Lucy Capehart and her father, Bart Moore by Courtney Pisano

Eleanor Vass by Ken Walsh

The Fall of a Giant (Jack Johnson) by Bella Nesbith


Directors – George Jack and Nathalie Ray