Burning Coal to Present THE IRON CURTAIN TRILOGY, 9/4-27

This autumn, the world will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. To commemorate this event, Burning Coal Theatre Company will present, for the first time anywhere, David Edgar's monumental Iron Curtain Trilogy. Performances run September 4 - 27, 2014 at 117 S. West Street, Raleigh, NC. Directed by Jerome Davis.

Written immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall by Tony Award winner, David Edgar (Nicholas Nickleby), the trilogy features The Shape of the Table; Pentecost; and The Prisoner's Dilemma; all concerning the challenges facing Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Burning Coal will present the plays in repertory, so that it will be possible to see all three in a single weekend or spread out over three weeks.

The Shape of the Table brings us into the room where, as crowds grow larger and more vocal outside in the autumn of 1989, an Eastern European country's present communist government and its democratic opposition ultimately decide whether an historic transfer of power will be a monument to peace or an all too imaginable bloodbath.

9/4, 11, 18, & 25 at 7:30 pm

9/13 &14 at 2 pm

Pentecost takes place in an unspecified Balkan country in the mid-1990s where a fresco is discovered in a crumbling church, a discovery that may change art history. A diplomatic and cultural struggle ensues over the ownership of the building and the future of the fresco. While churchmen, nationalists, and a pragmatic American art expert argue, a group of international refugees seeking sanctuary have other plans for the church.

9/5, 12, 19, 20, & 26 at 7:30 pm

9/6 & 20 at 2pm

The Prisoner's Dilemma was written between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11th terrorist attacks and inspired by the Oslo accords of the early '90s. The play concerns the "politics of torture" and the process of negotiation between ethnic groups, and the diplomatic games nations play on the way to peace. it deals with a small group of westerners who believe their work can solve an ages old ethnic conflict, and how that believe strengthens or deteriorates with time.

9/6, 13, & 27 at 7:30pm

9/21 & 27 at 2pm

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors (65+), and $15 for students, teachers or active military. All Thursday tickets are $15. Burning Coal also offers group rates and $5 student rush tickets. To purchase visit http://burningcoal.org/the-iron-curtain-trilogy/ or call the box office at (919) 834-4001.

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.

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