Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series, Wait Til You See This, is presented in collaboration with young and emerging artists and companies.

Wait Til You See This 2020

Jun 3 – Jun 21, 2020

Three Plays in Repertory. Tickets $15 per performance or $30 for all three. Call 919.834.4001 to book.

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ACCORD(ing) by Bronwen Carson and Vieve Radha Price
June 3, 12, 18 and 20 at 7:30 pm
June 6 and 14 at 2 pm 
June 7 at 5 pm
presented in collaboration with SoundingLine Arts and TÉA Creative
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PLAYDATE by Kallan Dana
directed by Ana Radulescu
June 4, 6, 10 and 19 at 7:30 pm
June 13 and 21 at 2 pm
June 14 at 5 pm
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 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.  www.bronwencarson.com   

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.  www.teacreativeinc.com


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by Kallan Dana
Directed by Ana Radulescu

Playdate is a new play about the world of Hugh Hefner and his coterie of family, friends, employees and hangers-on who made up that glitteringly sordid world in the 1960s and 70s.

Hugh Hefner wakes up one morning and realizes that his home doesn’t feel like his home anymore. His kids are keeping secrets from him, his Bunnies are nowhere to be found, and his house is haunted by ghosts and demons. It’s the last day of Mr. Hefner’s life, but before his entire empire crumbles to the ground, he’ll have to face his sons, his first wife, his twin-sister girlfriends, and the spirit of Marilyn Monroe. Playdate re-imagines the Playboy Mansion not as it is in reality, but as it exists in our dreams and nightmares. 

Kallan Dana (playwright) is a writer and performer originally from Portland, Oregon. She is an alumna of the National Theater Institute and of Skidmore College, where she studied English and Theater. Favorite past credits include Julia May Jonas’s We Used to Wear Bonnets & Get High All the Time (assistant director, Skidmore College), The Five Lesbian Brothers’ The Secretaries (directed by Zoe Lesser), and RashDash’s Two Man Show (directed by Erica Schnitzer). Playdate was first developed in a commissioned workshop production and AEA showcase (directed by Erica Schnitzer) at Dixon Place in September 2019.

Ana V. Radulescu (director) is a freelance director with a primary fascination on ensemble devising and modern classical theatre adaptation. Some recent/favorite directing credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Death of Bessie Smith with Greensboro College, Bacchae at Skidmore College for SITI Company Workshop, and How We Got On for Skydive Productions. She is a recent directing graduate of Greensboro College, as well as a directing alumni of the National Theater Institute, as well as SITI Company Anne Bogart, and was an a literary/artistic intern at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Ana is the founding artistic director of Skydive Productions, a North Carolina based production company that is committed to telling stories by voices who are not traditionally heard.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.


Past Productions & Events

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Rum & Vodka

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Ilana Rozin

6/18 at 7:30 pm

6/20 at 7:30 pm

6/24 at 7:30 pm

6/26 at 8:00 pm

6/27 at 2 pm

The author of The Weir, The Seafarer and St. Nicholas brings you another wild and wooly tale of booze, love gone wrong, Ireland, crime and, somehow, redemption.

Ben Apple as Michael

Ben Apple as Michael

June 18, 20, and 24 at 7:30 pm
June 26 at 8 pm
June 27 at 2 pm








Indy Week Review: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/falling-for-burning-coal-theatre-companys-five-star-dark-vanilla-jungle-and-harrowing-rum-and-vodka/Content?oid=4525161


ABOUT THE DIRECTORIlana Rozin is a former Burning Coal intern. Now a Los Angeles based artist, Ilana works primarily with The Blank Theatre Company and Rogue Machine Theatre.  At Burning Coal she directed Civil Rights Through Song and The Vagina Monologues and  assisted on The Diary of Anne Frank.








ABOUT THE PERFORMERBen Apple has appeared regionally in Brother Wolf, Snow Queen, Christmas Carol, The Illusion (Triad Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NC Shakespeare Festival); Fashionistas, Winnie the Pooh (Theatre 232). Educational performances include Recent Tragic Events, Long Christmas Ride Home, Pride and Prejudice, Pericles.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Dark Vanilla Jungle

"Walking. Where's my bag? Dropped. Did I leave it in the car park of the new superstore? What's it called? Forget now. Dark. Rain."

Written by Philip Ridley

Directed by Staci Sabarsky

6/17 at 7:30 pm

6/19 at 7:30 pm

6/20 at 2 pm

6/25 at 7:30 pm

6/27 at 7:30 pm

England’s most relentless playwright spins a yarn of violence, desperation and hope amidst the cobblestone backstreets of a very modern city.






Indy Week gave Dark Vanilla Jungle 5- Stars!!! Read the Review Here: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/falling-for-burning-coal-theatre-companys-five-star-dark-vanilla-jungle-and-harrowing-rum-and-vodka/Content?oid=4525161

Caitlin Wells as Andrea

Caitlin Wells as Andrea


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Staci Sabarsky is thrilled to be directing Dark Vanilla Jungle with Burning Coal.  Favorite directing credits include:  The Odd Couple, Seussical Jr., The Rainmaker, Guys & Dolls Jr., and  Puss in Boots.  Staci earned her degree in Dramatic Arts from UNC.  For the past five years she has shared her love of performance with her middle school students at Duke School.  She also enjoys performing on stage in local productions and singing with The Moonlighters Orchestra.  Favorite roles include:  Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (The Gilbert Theater), Maureen in Rent (The Gilbert Theater), Debra in The Smell of the Kill (Temple Theater), Nancy in Frozen (REP), Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off (TIP), and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor (RLT). 


Caitlin Wells
Caitlin Wells
was raised in Raleigh and has lived in Minnesota, Brazil, and Spain. Recent credits include: And the Ass Saw the Angel, hmlt, Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo, The Man Who Was Thursday (Little Green Pig); Love and InformationMac, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (Delta Boys); Amadeus (Leviathan); Measure Back (Duke Performances/Christopher McElroen & T. Ryder Smith); Nadia (preposterous pictures). Caitlin is also a producer with Delta Boys Theater Company, and designed costumes for Little Green Pig’s Celebration and Prank Film/preposterous picture’s film Nadia.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Sea Wall

"When she thinks nobody's looking she can start off just going further and further into her imagination. Playing games all by herself. Did you ever know any kids like that?"

Written by Simon Stephens

Directed by Elizabeth London

6/11 at 7:30 pm

6/12 at 7:30 pm

6/13 at 7:30 pm

6/14 at 2 pm

6/21 at 2 pm

6/28 at 2 pm



Estimated run time: 1 hours.

The playwright who wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime comes in with a much different tale.  A man alone with his thoughts.  Something has happened to him.  Something life-changing.  He feels that he must tell it.  We feel that we must listen. 

See the Indy Weekly Review: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/in-burning-coal-theatre-companys-sea-wall-actor-joey-heyworth-plumbs-unfathomable-depths/Content?oid=4506039











Elizabeth London
is a director, actor, and master teaching artist based in New York who has worked Off-Broadway, downtown and regionally (including NC Shakespeare Festival). For Burning Coal she has directed Moliere’s THE FLYING DOCTOR (Raleigh First Night ‘99), acted in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Season 1), EINSTEIN’S DREAMS, TARTUFFE and a workshop of BRASS BIRDS DON’T SING by Samm-Art Williams, plus led many Shakespeare and Viewpoints workshops for student groups. NYC directing includes 5-actor tours of ROMEO AND JULIET and PINOCCHIO, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE audio CD (also playing Portia), new full-length plays by longtime playwright collaborators and many one-acts. With theatre students around the country she has created/directed original large-ensemble shows and directed THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (ETC School, PA). Elizabeth narrates audiobooks (www.audible.com) and is part of Hook & Eye Theater Company who devise original work. Education/training: NYU (BFA in Film); SITI Company, BADA. Member AEA.

Joey Heyworth is honored join this company.  He recently appeared as Romeo in Burning Coal's Romeo & Juliet.  Though new to the theatre scene in Raleigh, he is overjoyed by the warm welcome he's received by many extraordinary artists. Previous credits include The Iron Curtain Trilogy (Burning Coal, Raleigh and London), I Capture The Castle (Stoneham Theatre), and Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions).