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HEISENBERG to Be Presented at Burning Coal Theatre in December

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present the southeastern premiere of Simon Stephens' Heisenberg, a comedy/drama about two mismatched souls who collide. The play will run January 19 - 21, 26-28 and February 2 - 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm and January 22, 29 and February 5, 2017 at 2 pm at Burning Coal's Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tickets are $25 regular admission or $20 for seniors (65+) or $15 for students, teachers and active military. Student Rush tickets at curtain time, if available, are $5 apiece. The first Sunday, January 22nd, is Pay What You Can Day and will be Audio described by Arts Access. All Thursday performances are $15. Tickets and further information can be found at or by calling 919.834.4001.

Simon Stephens' Heisenberg is a delicious love story about two seemingly entirely mismatched souls who collide in the middle of New York's Grand Central Station and realize that they are, despite all appearances, perfectly matched. She is a brash, loud, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, more than slightly ADD personality, he a quite, regretful, standoff-ish loner ... but both are masking deep wounds. Wounds that perhaps can only be healed by a kindred spirit.

ABOUT Simon Stephens
Heisenberg marks Burning Coal Theatre Company's third visit to the vast and growing catalogue of Simon Stephens, one of Europe's most prolific and successful playwrights (after Pornography in 2011 and Sea Wall in 2015). Mr. Stephens is best known in the US for his hugely successful adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime. Other plays by Simon Stephens include Country Music, Songs from Far Away, Carmen Disruption, andBirdland, Port, Harper Regan and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman).

Emily Ranii (Director) hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca (BA) and Boston University (MFA). Emily has directed at Burning Coal (The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Brigadoon, Romeo & Juliet) and in Boston and Ithaca. She has assistant directed at The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center's LCT3, Boston's Huntington Theatre Company and the A.R.T. Institute, and The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles.

Tom McCleister plays Alex in Heisenberg. Tom is a member of the Burning Coal Theater Ensemble since 2011. For Burning Coal: The Shape of the Table (2011, 2014), As You Like It (2012), The Jesus Fund (2014), The Prisoner's Dilemma (2014). NYC (in part): The Master & Margarita, Take It from the Top, Joe & Betty, It's a Jungle Out There, The Rocky Horror Show (North American Tour). LA (in part): Johnny Johnson, Salt Lake City Skyline, God's Country, Tartuffe, The Three Penny Opera, Orpheus Descending. His film and television work (in part) includes Midnight Runwith Robert Deniro and Charles Grodin, Twins, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, Newhart, Murphy Brown, Wings, Crossing Jordan, Married... with Children and Angel.

Sarah Hankins will play Georgie Burns in Heisenberg, which marks her Burning Coal debut. NYC Theater includes: The Queen's Company (As You Like It, Sir Patient Fancy), Guerrilla Shakespeare Project (Tragedy of King Arthur), Toy Box Theatre (Woyzeck, Tis Pity She's a Whore), Metropolitan Playhouse (The Octoroon, East Village Chronicles, Under the Gaslight) and The Shakespeare Forum. Regional theatre includes: Orlando Shakespeare (6 seasons), Shakespeare & Company, Bristol Riverside, Georgia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare, and Depot Theatre including the roles Desdemona, Portia, Ophelia, Miranda, Bianca and Queen Margaret. Film: Hens & Chicks, Lovely, Casting About, Single Male Survivor and a season regular on the award-winning web-series The Chanticleer. Recent directing: Triad Stage's A Christmas Carol (2016). Training: UNCG MFA in Directing, BA Davidson College. In memory of SGH.

Both actors are members of Actors' Equity Association.

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