Burning Coal Theatre Company Presents OAKWOOD IN MAY – ONLY TIME WILL TELL

History comes (back) to life in Downtown Raleigh with annual series of plays. Burning Coal Theatre Company partners with the historic Oakwood Cemetery to present another series of plays about the fascinating folks who came before. The 2018 series will run May 18, 19, and 20 at the Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, NC. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 6:30 pm; Sunday performance begins at 2:00 pm. Tickets ($20/adults, $10/students) will be sold on the day of the performance or are available by phone (919-834-4001). Parking is available inside the cemetery. Additional information can be found at www.burningcoal.org.

This year features the tales of several historic figures whose final resting place is located in or around the cemetery's Chapel Circle. Audience members can follow the reversed hands of the clock as they travel around, and back through time. The theme for this year is Only Time Will Tell, and will include the following subjects:

Ella Swain (1842-1881), daughter of former NC governor David Swain, who followed her heart, and caused a bit of upset when she married a Union General (Written by Lydia Sbityakov);

Florence Tucker (1838-1909), who after facing personal tragedy became a pioneering business woman in Raleigh (Written by Alexandra Hubbell);

Lucy Page (1881-1918), a nurse who died and was deemed a heroine after contracting the Spanish Flu while tirelessly treating dozens of patients during a devastating epidemic (Written by Pamela Blizzard);

Jacob Brinton Smith (1822-1872), the first Principal of St. Augustine's Normal School, which eventually became St. Augustine's University. Dr. Smith died after being poisoned, with his demise casting suspicions on his wife and adult daughter (Written by Courtney Pisano);

James Hinton, Alonzo Mial Williamson, and Edwin Lee (died 1900) Three teens who set out for a day of fun, but never returned home. Their heartbreaking deaths shocked and devastated their families and classmates. (Written by Kara Morrison)

Burning Coal Theatre Company is one of Raleigh's intimate, professional theatres. Burning Coal is an incorporated, non-profit [501 (c) (3)] organization. Burning Coal's mission is to produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen. Burning Coal produces explosive reexaminations of overlooked classic and modern plays, as well as new plays, whose themes and issues are of immediate concern to our audience, using the best local, national and International Artists available. We work toward a theatre of high-energy performances and minimalist production values. The emphasis is on literate works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional linear plays, at which audiences are most often asked to observe without participating. Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.

Burning Coal Theatre Company presents Oakwood in May - Time Will Tell at the historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, May 18 - 20, 2018 (Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm). Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (919) 834-4001. For further details, visit www.burningcoal.org

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