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.

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe

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Dec 5 – Dec 22, 2019

Written by Lerner & Loewe

Directed by Jerome Davis

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  And we've added Saturday matinees on 12/14 and 12/21 at 2 pm! NOTE: TALK BACK with cast following performance on Friday, December 20th (free to all ticket holders for Camelot). 

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by Lerner & Loewe
directed by Jerome Davis
Based on T.H. White’s beloved novel, Camelot is about the legendary King Arthur, the love of his life, the Lady Guinevere, and the man who Arthur saw as a son, the young Sir Lancelot.  It is a musical about the dream of a better place and the battle to create such a place.  Featuring classics such as CamelotThe Lusty Month of May, If Ever I Would Leave You and C’est Moi. Read More »

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson

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Jan 23 – Feb 9, 2020

Written by Lanford Wilson

Directed by John Gulley

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

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Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
Lanford Wilson’s beautiful and funny Pulitzer Prize winning 1980 play introduces us to Matt Friedman and Sally Talley, who come together, for better or for worse, in a gazebo on a river bank in Missouri in 1944.  The New York Times called the play “… a valentine to a classic romantic ideal: two lost souls finding in each other a respite from loneliness.”

Talkback with Sheldon Bleiweiss* on Sunday, February 2 immediately following the 2 pm matinee.
Actor Talkback – Friday, February 7 immediately following 7:30 pm performance. 

Both free to all ticketholders from all dates.

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Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

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Apr 9 – Apr 26, 2020

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

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 by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Lauren Gunderson’s funny and charming play about Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who wanted nothing but to be allowed to work in the field of her choice, astronomy.  But when she began at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, women weren’t even allowed to touch a telescope, let alone take credit for the awesome discover that she would soon make.

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.

Wait Til You See This 2020

Jun 3 – Jun 21, 2020

Directed by Bronwen Carson and Vieve Radha Price

Coproduced by SoundingLine Arts and TEA Creative, Inc.

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ACCORD(ing) is a sensorially immersive world of installations, soundscapes, physical theatre, and language, exploring how the human mind gathers, processes, and decides truths. Through visual poetry, drama and humor, issues of certainty, ideology, confusion, judgment, conflict and possibility are illuminated.


Int’l award-winning director, Bronwen Carson, and Sargent Shriver Peaceworker Fellow and Insight Art maker, Vieve Radha Price, spearhead the world-premiere production of ACCORD(ing) for Burning Coal Theater’s Second Stage Series in June 2020.  

Carson and Price’s non-profit theatre companies, SoundingLine Arts and TÉA Creative have joined forces to create a sensorially immersive world of performance art, installations, movement, and language illuminating issues of certainty, ideology, judgment, conflict and possibility. ACCORD(ing) is an amalgam of visual poetry, physical theater, and soundscapes, utilizing both humor and drama to examine how the human mind gathers, processes and decides truths. 

The production will be entirely comprised of Triangle area performers and creatives trained in Insight Artistry, an exploratory art making method that focuses upon how we come to know, how we value, and how we ultimately make decisions. Movement is an integral component of the exploration as are various forms of immersive theatre and experiential art.  

Audience members will be allowed to roam freely throughout the theater space, experiencing various moments, scenarios, interactions, installations and vignettes in which individuals are striving for connection, understanding or choosing courses of action; sometimes they are heroic, other times they’re unable to free themselves from the constraints of habitual patterns or the constricted looping of their thoughts. 


Bronwen Carson is an award-winning director-writer-choreographer, and the Founder of SoundingLine Arts, a non-profit theatre and film company which integrates traditional scripted work into installation art, soundscapes, physical theatre, Commedia dell’arte, Butoh, and Kabuki. Recent SoundingLine works include 49th Street and Other Stories (Ailey Center) and Dust (Symphony Space). Bronwen has directed Off-Broadway and regionally at NYU, Skirball Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, The Connelly Theatre, The Director’s Lab at The Actors Studio, Irondale, and The Gloria Maddox Theatre. Bronwen’s upcoming projects include Varvana a silent film, and Magpie, a novel.   

Vieve Radha Price is the Founder and Director of Mission at TÉA Creative. TÉA Creative gathers diverse companies of artists to create Insight art, taking an imaginative approach to content and form to create performance pieces that illuminate the inner patterns of feeling and thinking that precipitate the way we interact with each other and ourselves and to explore the development and application of Insight artistry. Recent works include: Uniform Justice (New York Fringe Festival) and Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex (HERE Arts Center, NYC). Vieve has recently established the Insight Artists Collective, and she is currently collaborating on two books, a handbook on Insight Artistry, and Questing for Insight, an introduction to the philosophical approach that grounds her artistry and artistic creation.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


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