The Burning Coal Theatre Company has recently released the line up for its 2010/2011 theatrical season, which includes To Kill a Mockingbird (September 9 – 26, 2010), St. Nicholas (November 4 – 21, 2010), Crowns (December 2 – 19, 2010), Blue (January 13 – 30, 2011) and The Shape of the Table (April 7 – 24, 2011).
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s essential Southern novel about a small town lawyer, Atticus Finch, and his decision to stand and fight bigotry and injustice. It is told from the viewpoint of the widower Atticus’ young daughter, Scout. Mr. Sergel’s stage adaptation is the only authorized stage adaptation of Ms. Lee’s novel.
ST. NICHOLAS. Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. Conor McPherson’s haunting and funny one-man show deals with a besotted Dublin theatre critic who falls in love with a young actress and follows her to London, and straight into a coven of vampires. Mr. McPherson is also the author of The Weir and The Seafarer, both presented by Burning Coal in past seasons.
CROWNS. Directed by Rebecca Holderness. Regina Taylor’s rollicking gospel musical is based loosely on a book of photography by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. It details the tribulations of a young African American girl from New York City whose family send her to live with her grandmother in the South after an act of violence shatters their family.
BLUE. Directed by Mark Sutch. Raleigh native Kelly Doyle’s play Blue will receive its world premiere at Burning Coal Theatre Company. It is about a charismatic, morally bankrupt blue worm, William, and the women who love him.
THE SHAPE OF THE TABLE. Directed by Jerome Davis. David Edgar’s Eastern Europe trilogy concludes at Burning Coal with his 1990 play, The Shape of the Table, in its American Premiere. The play examines the fall of the Iron Curtain, as observed from inside the politburo of an unnamed Soviet satellite country. Edgar’s trilogy includes The Prisoner’s Dilemma, about negotiations between cultures and Pentecost, about the spread of multiple cultures throughout Europe immediately following the collapse of communism there.
All performances will be held at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and active military. Further details can be obtained by visiting the Burning Coal website.