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Allan Gurganus to Speak on ‘Mockingbird’

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, NC will open its 2010/2011 “Lobby Lectures” season with writer Allan Gurganus speaking on the continuing influence of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School (NOTE VENUE NAME CHANGE), 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC. All tickets are available at the door and are $5, or free for anyone holding a ticket for any performance of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Further details can be obtained by calling 919-834-4001 or visiting our website at

Allan Gurganus has written many works of fiction including “White People,” “Plays Well with Others” and “The Practical Heart.” Adaptations of his novels have won four Emmys. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he was a recent Guggenheim Fellow. Gurganus lives in Hillsborough where he is at work on a long novel, “The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church.” Burning Coal Theatre Company premiered a stage adaptation of Allan’s “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” in 2007 in collaboration with Wilson, NC’s Theatre of the American South, starring Quinn Hawkesworth.

For further information, please contact Burning Coal’s managing director, Simmie Kastner, at 919.834.4001 or visit our website at