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


The Container by Clare Bayley

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Oct 10 – Oct 27, 2019

Written by Clare Bayley

Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo

Coproduced by The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 and 9:00 pm and Sundays at 2 and 4 pm

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by Clare Bayley
Five people from war torn countries find themselves thrown together, escaping in a shipping container….”.  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.
NOTE:  All performances are SOLD OUT.  If you would like to get on a wait list, please call us at 919.834.4001. 

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Estimated run time: 1 hours.

2013/2014 Main Stage Shows

The Heretic 

Written by Richard Bean 

Directed by Jerome Davis

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(Three Man) Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand


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The Jesus Fund

Written by Terry Milner

Directed by Beth Gardiner 

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The Diary of Anne Frank 

Written by Goodrich and Hackett 

Directed by Abdelfattah Abusrour

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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

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Written by C.P. Taylor

Directed by Ian Finley

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Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

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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.


Past Productions & Events

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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

Ashe Image from Hannah for website
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: 1.25 hours.

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.

Romeo & Juliet

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

Jan 22 – Feb 15, 2015

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Emily Ranii

Shakespeare’s timeless play about two young people discovering love and daring to defy their parents’ ages old blood feud is possibly the greatest love story ever told, and a political fable for our time.  Emily Ranii, who played Juliet for us at the age of 14, returns to direct this extraordinary ensemble.


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