Burning Coal Theatre

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Burning Coal Theatre

Professional theatre mixes the area’s best talent with tomorrow’s stars from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere to produce gritty, explosive new versions of classics, modern classics and new plays. $10-$20 admission.


Produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen. We emphasize works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional, linear plays where audiences are most often asked to observe without participating. Using the best local, national and international artists available, we produce explosive re-examinations of overlooked classics, modern and contemporary plays that address issues and themes poignant in our community. With this in mind, we strive to achieve high-energy performances with minimalist production values. Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.

From the New Testament, Romans 12:20: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals upon his head." We are interested in the idea of affecting change through theater. We also like the metaphor and imagery that 'burning coals' suggest: gritty, yet warm; hard work; forward movement.

We are currently raising money from private donors, various arts organizations and fund-raising events to finish funding the beautiful, historic Murphey School auditorium renovation. We moved into the newly renovated Murphey School in January 2008.

224 Polk St. The Murphey School,
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