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Lucy Daniels To Speak At Burning Coal's Man of La Mancha 2/4


Burning Coal Theatre Company's 15th season continues with the musical Man of La Mancha by Darion, Leigh and Wasserman. The production opens this week and runs February 2 - 19, 2012 at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm is our 'Pay What You Can' Day. That performance will also be Audio Described. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and active military.

All tickets are $10 on Thursday evenings. For reservations and information, please call 919-834-4001 or visit

On Saturday, February 4th at 6 pm, author Lucy Daniels will speak on Lucy Daniels to speak on "The Pros and Cons of Misfortune--Using Them To The Hilt". Ms. Daniels' lecture is part of Burning Coal's ongoing 'Lobby Lectures' series and is free to anyone holding a ticket to any performance of Man of La Mancha or $5 for the general public. No reservations are necessary for this lecture, just arrive a few minutes before 6 pm.

Lucy Daniels is a writer and clinical psychologist in private practice in Raleigh. In 1989, she used the proceeds from sale of her stock in The News and Observer to found the Lucy Daniels Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering emotional and creative freedom through psychoanalytic treatment, research, and education; and the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, which uses psychoanalytic principles to promote the emotional development of young children and their parents.

Daniels wrote her first novel, Caleb My Son (1956) while hospitalized with anorexia nervosa. A best seller published in several countries, it resulted in her becoming the youngest Guggenheim fellow ever, at 22, and that produced her second novel, High On A Hill (1961) about life in a mental hospital. But after that Daniels stopped writing (as she had once stopped eating). Instead, she raised her four children, went to college, and ultimately became a clinical psychologist. Only then did she receive, through psychoanalysis, the assistance she had needed for more than 25 years. This resulted in her memoir, With A Woman's Voice (2002) and her first novel in over 40 years, The Eyes of the Father (2005) and a chronicle of her psychological journey back to writing, Dreaming Your Way to Creative Freedom (2005).

For the last 20 years Daniels has conducted her seminar "Our Problems As The Roots Of Our Power" at the LDF to assist others in pursuit of creative freedom.

If there is any profession where the line between reality and illusion collide, it is that of the creative arts. Sometimes the most difficult obstacles for an artist can be the most freeing. In Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote struggles with such a collision. Lucy Daniels will be talking as expert--as both patient and psychologist--about how to use obstacles to one's advantage.

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