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Brothers Grant Neale (left) and Randy Neale star in as the Fool and King Lear in "The Fool's Lear"

Randy and Grant Neale Star as King Lear and His Fool in “The Fool’s Lear” at the Burning Coal Theatre

“The Fool’s Lear” is a funny and poignant new play that tells the tale of King Lear (played by Randy Neale) and his Fool (Grant Neale), as they leave the pages of William Shakespeare’s famed play. Filled with hopeful plans, they enter into a stormy crisis of identity ….

"Pornography" dramatizes events leading up to 7/7 -- Great Britain's 9/11

Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh Will Host the American Premiere of Simon Stephens’ 7/7 Play “Pornography” on April 28-May 8

Written in reaction to London crashing from the euphoria and promise at being awarded the 2012 Olympics into the chaos and reality of the 7/7 bombings, [“Pornography”] is composed of seven stories that serve as a countdown to the catastrophic attack on London. Each playlet focuses on a different individual dramatising their life in the run-up to the tragedy.

The brilliant Burning Coal cast for David Edgar’s "The Shape of the Table" (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

“The Shape of the Table” by David Edgar Makes Eastern Bloc Politics Personal

Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s brilliant American premiere of “The Shape of the Table” by British playwright provocateur David Edgar eloquently explores many thorny topics, as it follows a Regime Change in a fictional Eastern European country, circa 1989, in which new-found freedoms to speak out and challenge the Official Party Line have opened a veritable Pandora’s Box of class envy, and ethnic hatreds are once again bubbling to the surface, as skinheads and political crackpots launch ugly attacks on minorities and immigrants.

The Burning Coal cast for David Edgar’s "The Shape of the Table" (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Burning Coal Will Present the American Premiere of “The Shape of the Table” by David Edgar

Director Jerome Davis says, “‘The Shape of the Table’ is a challenge to a director, I think, because it is a play about big ideas. Young people, older people, all types of people in a room together literally fighting for their lives — but fighting with arguments, with words, with ideas. That excites me. I just love listening to them go at it!”

Kerrie Seymour and John Jimerson play Louise and Adagio in "Blue" (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Tedium Trumps Titillation in “Blue”

Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s world-premiere production of “Blue,” an R-rated romantic fantasy by Raleigh playwright Kelly Doyle, has the plot and some of the heavy-breathing, talk-dirty-to-me dialogue of a really bad porno movie.