Burning Coal Theatre produces live theatre through a Main Stage season, a Second Stage season, and special events throughout the year. You can become a part of it all by becoming a subscriber. Burning Coal Theatre is a professional theater, a Raleigh theater, and a North Carolina Theater. For more information on joining us, see how to subscribe below.
Subscriptions for our upcoming 2023 – 2024 season are now available! Subscribing serves the double-benefit of supporting the work you see on stage and savings of 25% compared to general admission ticket prices!
You can subscribe to either our 4-play Mainstage Season or to our Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club adds on our Second Stage Series (Wait Til You See This!) and our exclusive Breakfast with the Artistic Director event in October, 2023.
A Mainstage Season subscription is $90.
A Breakfast Club subscription is $120.
The Main Stage season includes:
ARCADIA (Oct 12 – 29, 2023) – by Tom Stoppard (you may be familiar with his other work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love, Travesties)
MOONLIGHT (Nov 30 – Dec 17, 2023) – our first excursion into the world of Nobel Prize Laureate Harold Pinter, directed by Greg Hersov (former Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre of Manchester, UK)
HYMN (Jan 25 – Feb 11, 2024) – Lolita Chakrabarti’s newest piece which premiered at London’s The Almeida in 2021. You may recognize her adaptations of The Life of Pi or the upcoming Hamnet.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (April 4 – 21, 2024) – a musical farce from Sondheim and Wheeler (the duo who brought you Sweeney Todd), featuring Send in the Clowns
Our Second Stage “Wait ‘Til You See This” series will be announced in Spring, 2023.
A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
We are blessed to have lived when we have lived. Had we lived, for instance, in England in the first half of the 17th century rather than the first half of the 21st, we would have watched the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans, who felt that the theatre, during the current “times of humiliation” represented a “lascivious Mirth and Levity” and must be shut down.
And so, shut down they were. Theatres were destroyed, spectators were fined and actors were jailed. The Puritans decided they alone knew what was moral, what was righteous, and they alone had the responsibility to silence those who would speak in any way that was injurious to ‘the state’. And indeed, the only way the theatres were able to return to performing was by signing a letter agreeing that they had removed all such material from their productions. In short, they were censored.
People don’t look back with much fondness on Cromwell … and Puritanism has become synonymous with self-righteous buffoons. I am so glad that we don’t live in the time of the Puritans.
In celebration of that idea, we’re going to do some plays. Some good plays. Plays that challenge ideas. Arcadia challenges the idea that a young woman could not have excelled at mathematics over 200 years ago. Moonlight challenges the preconceived notion that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. In Hymn, we meet two fine men who learn they are not alone in the world, and never have been. And, finally, A Little Night Music challenges the idea that love at first sight is immature and must ultimately give way to a more practical arrangement.
I hope you will join us. These plays are good. And they are smart. And they will teach us something if we are lucky. And if they create just a bit of ‘lascivious mirth and levity’, well, at least this week, no fines will be assessed!
-Jerome Davis/Artistic Director
Burning Coal Theatre Company
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