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Performance Dates: December 3-18, 2022

Performances on Dec. 1-2 are cancelled due to illness of an actor. If you have tickets for these dates, please give us a call at (919) 834-4001 to reschedule or email

* COVID Precautions for indoor events Beginning with our June, 2022 performances, we will require audience members to wear a high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) in lieu of checking vaccination status, and we will offer 3-ply surgical or KN95 masks to audience members as needed.


by Lauren Gunderson / Directed by Rebecca Holderness

December 3-18, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 P.M., Sundays at 2:00 P.M.

STEM Learning ▪ Courageous Women

Henrietta Leavitt dreams of being an astronomer, but isn’t allowed to touch a telescope. Be transported to the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, and discover what really happened in Henrietta’s battle for recognition. This is a family-friendly production.

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Make your night at the theatre extra-special by attending one of these special event days! Give us a call at (919) 834-4001 with questions, or email Learn more about ways to save on our Plan Your Visit page.

Wednesday, November 30th – CLUB 39 Preview Night & Pre-Show Social at William & Co. Bar (Click here to join Club 39 for the season)

Thursday, December 1st – Opening Night (Plus all $20 Thursday Special Ticket Price)

Friday, December 2nd – College Night ($5 tickets for College Students)

Saturday, December 3rd – Afterthoughts Talk Back after the show

Sunday, December 4th – Pay-What-You-Can Day (name your price per ticket, at the door only)

Saturday, December 10th – Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) / North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (NCMNS)’s Night at the Theatre, including pre-show telescope technology display and post-show discussion

Friday, December 16th – Pre-Show music from a local band starting at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets to a particular performance are subject to availability, and we recommend subscribers reserve tickets 48 hrs* in advance to guarantee their spot. Reserving your ticket means you’ll be on the check-in list for that performance. To reserve, please email your preferred performance date/time to: development@burningcoal.orgto reserve your ticket, or call the box office at (919) 834-4001. *Reservations made less than 48 hours in advance may not be entered in time!
If you did not make a reservation, please bring the subscriber card that was mailed to you for a quick verification at check-in. We will do our best to seat you.

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Indy Week’s Byron Woods Interview with director Rebecca Holderness: Read Here

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Katy Werlin

Nash Tetterton

Staci Sabarsky

Laurel Ullman

Rebecca Bossen


Stage Manager Jeremy Vance

ASM Rebecca Hedges

M.E. Barry Jaked

Lighting Design Stephen R. White

Set Design Ao Li

Costumes Lauren Bevams

Sound Design Juan Isler

Sound Assistant David Marschall

Board Op Elizabeth Galbraith

Murphey School exterior