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Stephen LeTrent as the grown-up title character in Burning Coal Theatre Company's two-part musical stage adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Burning Coal’s “Jude the Obscure” Is a Two-Part Musical Adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Novel

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present Ian Finley, Jerome Davis, and Bruce Benedict’s two-part musical stage adaptation of “Jude the Obscure,” based on the 1895 novel by English novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), on April 12-15, 19-22, and 26-29 and May 3-5 in Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, near the Historic Oakwood Section of downtown Raleigh, NC.

Jeff Aguiar plays a sinister Old Friend of Nujood's family

Distillery Theatre Company’s “Playground” Casting Gimmick Pays Diminishing Dramatic Dividends as the Play Progresses

Distillery Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of “Playground,” Appalachian State University senior Jonathan Fitts’ fact-based play about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl’s forced marriage to — and subsequent divorce from — a man three times her age, employs an unusual casting gimmick. The children are played by adults, and the adults are played by children. Unfortunately, this stunt-casting gambit pays diminishing dramatic dividends as the play progresses.

“Playground” Chronicles a 10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl’s Struggle to Get a Divorce from a Man Three Times Her Age

Based on a true story and presented as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait ‘Til You See This!” second-stage series, the Distillery Theatre Company production of “Playground” chronicles the struggle of a typical Yemeni girl, married at age 10 to a man three times her age, to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband. It was an act of defiance that alienated her from her family, her country, and especially its Islamic judicial system.