Burning Coal Theater Company Presents EVITA and More This Summer
The Burning Coal Theater Company returns with full educational programming and three simultaneous productions. The company offers a variety of opportunities to join in person and live, including Evita (June 17-27, outdoors at Dorothea Dix Park), KidsWrite! Festival (May 28-29, virtual live) and Second Stage Series (June 10-27, hybrid in person and virtual).
Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Burning Coal presents the beloved outdoor rock musical to an in-person audience.
Evita tells the story of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. The musical, which began as a concept rock opera album, begins with the news of Eva Perón’s death, with a fictional version of Ché guiding audiences through her youth, her rise to power. , his charity work and his eventual death. The show opened in 1978 in London’s West End, winning the Olivier for Best New Musical. A year later, it claimed a similar award after it opened on Broadway. A 1996 film version starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas. A recent London revival at the Open Air has won awards from multiple sources for Best Musical or Best Cover.
It will perform from June 17 to 27, 2021, Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are now available for $ 25.00, with senior (65 and over) tickets available for $ 20.00, and student, teacher, and active military tickets available for $ 15.00, with Tickets for Student Rush at the curtain (while waiting for available seats) for $ 5.00 five minutes before the curtain. The first Sunday of each show is also Pay What You Can Day. Those interested in obtaining their tickets can purchase online at www.burningcoal.org or by calling the box office at (919) 834-4001.
The second stop in the Burning Coal Theater series, Wait Til You See This, will feature Dennis Kelly’s Girls and Boys, directed by Ana Radulescu, and Zodwa Nyoni’s Nine Lives, directed by Jordan Lichtenheld (Forever) . These pieces will run in the repertoire Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, June 10 through June 27, 2021. Tickets are $ 10 each and can be purchased online or at the door. More information at 919.834.4001 or at www.burningcoal.org. NOTE: We will have an in-person audience limit of 30 and will also be live streaming the stage performances on each date from the security of your home. The second stop in the Burning Coal Theater series, Wait Til You See This, is presented in collaboration with young and emerging artists and companies.
Girls and Boys is a disturbing story, sort of modern-day Greek tragedy, about a seemingly normal family broken up when a spouse loses their job – and with it their self-esteem. It was first presented at the Royal Court Theater in 2018 with Carey Mulligan. The playwright, Dennis Kelly has written more than 20 plays, including the book for Mathilde The Musical, and has also created works for television, radio and film. The performances will take place on June 11, 17, 19, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and June 13 and 27 at 2 p.m. Warning: contains extremely graphic material. Not intended for people under the age of 18.
Nine Lives is an instant-style story that focuses on the struggles of an African gay immigrant seeking refuge in the UK. It was developed as part of the A Pie and A Pint program by West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014 and then toured nationally. Zimbabwean-born playwright Zodwa Nyoni is also a poet and has received a Channel 4 Playwrights Award. The performances will take place on June 10, 12, 18, 24 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and June 20 at 2 p.m.
KidsWrite! Festival is a presentation of seven original pieces produced by middle and high school students. Burning Coal’s professional team of artists will work to bring the student’s pieces to the virtual stage this year. Free performances are on Twitch.tv May 28-29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Follow Burning Coal on www.twitch.tv/burningcoaltheatre for notifications.