STUFF HAPPENS


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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.

 There will be an ‘industry night’ performance on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm.  Tickets are available by emailing coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com and are $5 for all theatre industry workers.  

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

ASHE IN JOHANNESBURG


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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

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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: 1.75 hours.

The Great Celestial Cow


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Apr 11 – Apr 28, 2019

Written by Sue Townsend

Directed by Sonia Desai

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“Sita was the life and soul.  That’s what Lila said, the life and soul.  I don’t know what it means.”

“It means mama was good for a laugh.”

“Laughter is different in a village.  Here (in the big city), there are walls and echoes to make a woman’s laughter sound defiant and coarse.”

Sue Townsend made a name for herself writing children’s stories like The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4s.  Then, in 1984, her masterpiece about a woman searching for her own self-worth amid the great city in the West brought her international acclaim.  When the family uprooted from India and headed West to a new life, Sita was joyful.  But the reality of that new life was not quite what she expected.  And why, why was her old milk cow tagging along for the ride, if only in her mind?

This production is suitable for ages 16 and up.

 

 

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

 

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