2001/2002 Main Stage Shows

A Doll’s House

Written by Henrick Ibsen

Directed by Rebecca Holderness


The Mound Builders

Written by Lanford Wilson

Directed by Kent Paul


Written by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth

Directed by Jerome Davis


The Road to Mecca

Written by Athol Fugard

Directed by Jerome Davis


2000/2001 Main Stage Shows

The Weir

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Jerome Davis



Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Alexander Yannis Stephano


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Written by Floraine Kay & Randolph Curtis Rand

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Watership Down

Based on the novel by Richard Adams

Adapted by Deb Royals

Directed by Eric Tucker


1999/2000 Main Stage Shows

The Steward of Christendom

Written by Sebastian Barry

Directed by Jerome Davis


St. Nicholas

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand


Romeo & Juliet

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Rebecca Holderness


Night and Day

Written by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Jerome Davis


1998/1999 Main Stage Shows

Winding the Ball

Written by Alex Finlayson

Directed by Jerome Davis


Einstein’s Dreams

Written by Kipp Erante Cheng

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

 A Question of Mercy 

Written by David Rabe

Directed by Paul Frellick


The Historie of King Henrie the Fourth

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand


1997/1998 Main Stage Shows

Rat in the Skull

Written by Ronald Hutchinson

Directed by Jerome Davis


Love’s Labours Lost

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Rebecca Holderness



Written by David Edgar

Directed by Jerome Davis


2013/2014 Main Stage Shows

The Heretic 

Written by Richard Bean 

Directed by Jerome Davis

 The Heretic Poster

(Three Man) Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand


 SMALL Tempest Mailer P1 V3 for website

The Jesus Fund

Written by Terry Milner

Directed by Beth Gardiner 

 The Jesus Fund poster final

The Diary of Anne Frank 

Written by Goodrich and Hackett 

Directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

 Anne Frank poster 2



A Doll’s House

Sunday in the Park with George

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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.

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. Read More »

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

2012/2013 Main Stage Shows


Written by Lerner & Lowe

Directed by Emily Ranii


Shining City

Written by Conor Mcpherson

Directed by Jerome Davis


As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Mark Sutch

 AYLI Full Poster C- Mailer (1)-page-001


Written by C.P. Taylor

Directed by Ian Finley

 Good Mailer P1 PRinter FInal copy


Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Ruined Mailer P1 PRint Test (1)-page-001


Past Productions & Events

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