Oakwood: 150 Years Young

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Oct 4 – Oct 6, 2019

6:30 pm on Friday – Saturday
2 pm on Sunday

$20  adults
$10  students

Oakwood Cemetery

Written by Ian Finley and others

Directed by George Jack

Coproduced by Oakwood Cemetery

Oakwood Flyer Fall 2019Burning Coal Celebrates 150 Years of the Oakwood Cemetery

Past favorite Oakwood plays re-mounted for monumental anniversary celebration!

RALEIGH, NC – Oakwood Cemetery turns 150 years old this Fall and Burning Coal Theatre will celebrate with a compilation of favorite short plays from the past decade written for the Oakwood Series.  Playwright Ian Finley (past North Carolina Piedmont Laureate) will be featured among this year’s writers.   Each year, Burning Coal and Oakwood Cemetery team up to produce a series of plays about the inhabitants of Oakwood on the historic site.  Burning Coal is Oakwood Cemetery’s oldest community partner having collaborated on Oakwood Series for the past 15 years.  This anniversary year, we reflect on the cemetery’s past and the history of the Oakwood Series by reimagining favorite stories and play adaptations.

October 4th & 5th at 6:30 pm & October 6th at 2:00 pm / 701 Oakwood Ave | Raleigh, NC.  Tickets $20 or $10 for students, available at 919.834.4001 or at the cemetery where parking will be available inside the cemetery.

This year’s production, directed by George Jack, will feature the stories of influential people from Raleigh’s past including J. Brinton Smith, Anne Wilkerson, Elizabeth Peele, Pullen & Ligon, Washington, Rachel Blythe, and Marshall Haywood.  This year’s featured playwrights include Ian Finley, Rebecca Wyrick and Brook North.  Come revisit some of your favorite characters from the past and see the ghosts of these plays re-awakened in the historic Oakwood Cemetery. 

Historic Oakwood Cemetery was founded in 1869 near the NC State Capitol in Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood.  Tickets are $20 for adults [$10 for students] and are available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance or by calling 919.834.4001.  Parking available inside the cemetery. 

Additionally, Oakwood will be commemorating their 150th anniversary with a gala at the NC Museum of History on October 20th from 6 to 9 pm at the NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh.  For tickets to the gala, please call Oakwood Cemetery at 919-832-6077.  

Celebrate with us!  To receive your invitation to Oakwood Cemetery’s 150th Celebration contact robin@historicoakwood.com or 919-832-6077.

For 150 years, Historic Oakwood Cemetery has told stories of generations: families who formed our city, soldiers who honored our country, and people of today who chose to rest among the historic oaks.   Join us, in our 150th year, as we commemorate those that rest at the ‘sleeping place amongst the oaks.”  Join us for Fine Food, Spirits and Hallowed Guests.

HEAR THIS!  George Jack (Director) talking on WHUP about OAKWOOD AT 150 (starts at 42:00)


NC Museum of History Blog Post by Caroline Gregus: https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/blog/untold-history-of-oakwood-cemetery 

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.