Every year, Burning Coal Theatre uses its theatre space in Raleigh, NC to foster young and emerging innovative theatre talent in a series of new works and plays in the summer months. For more, see below.
The 2024 Second Stage series will be announced here in the Spring. Learn more about last year’s Second Stage below.
Second Stage, also knows as our “What ‘Til You See This!” series, is 2-3 plays typically performed in repertory in June at our usual space, the Murphey School Auditorium (224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604). It is an opportunity to experiment with form, present new works, and / or collaborate with up-and-coming artists.
There is no physical second performance location at Burning Coal’s space. The name is derived from the type of work typically seen on the smaller upstairs or second stages of larger theatres. Historically, these spaces have been a hub for new, innovative and contemporary works – exactly what we aim to bring to our summer series.
We are thrilled to bring in three different Triangle-area professional performing artists and groups to present a wide array of unique work from June 7 – 25, 2023:
This is the true-to-life dramatization of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till told within a creative non-fictional format in Mamie Till Mobley’s own words. The play chronicles the murder, its aftermath, and Mamie’s courage to show the world the TRUTH of what had happened to her son. This hate crime sparked the civil rights movement and while it inspired leaders like Rosa Parks – America still deals with the fatal effects of racial hatred and its violence to this day.
This play contains racial violence and description of child death.
Friday June 9 at 7:30 pm
Sunday June 11 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Wednesday June 14 at 7:30 pm
Thursday June 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday June 17 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25.50 – 30.00
June 7, 8 at 7:30 pm
June 10th at 5 pm
June 17th at 5 pm
June 18th at 2 pm and 6 pm
*Denotes Membership in Actors’ Equity Association.
Switchyard Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre PRESENT:
by Liz Duffy Adams
Performed by Switchyard Theatre
On the Burning Coal Theatre Stage
Synopsis: Aphra Behn, ex-British spy, will have fame and glory as England’s first female playwright if she can just finish her play by sunrise. But between her handsome patron King Charles II, free-spirited actress Nell Gwynne, and double agent William Scott – who may or may not be trying to murder the king – how can she possibly concentrate? Free love, politics and historical fiction abound in this door-slamming Restoration farce, that tells the true(ish) story of a night in the life of the literal first lady of the stage.
This play contains strong language, sexual content, and adult situations.