Founded in 1997, Burning Coal was an itinerant theater company for its first 10 years, mounting productions at North Carolina State University’s Thompson Theater, ManBites Dog Theatre and the Kennedy Theater at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts, which served largely as its unofficial home. In 2008, Burning Coal moved into its permanent home in the Meymandi Theatre at the renovated Murphey School. Built in 1908, it was the oldest school building still standing in Raleigh and had been empty for the previous 31 years. Producing not only re-examinations of overlooked classics but also modern and contemporary plays that address issues and themes still relevant to its community, it takes its name from the Biblical passage, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals upon his head.”
Burning Coal Theatre Company’s fall season includes As You Like It, Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 16. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For details on this and other productions, visit burningcoal.org.
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