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Burning Coal Announces 2020-21 Season Reset

The North Carolina company will present a mix of virtual and socially distant theatre.

RALEIGH, N.C.: Burning Coal Theatre Company has announced updates to its 2020-21 season programming, featuring three productions.

The season will begin with A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy (Oct. 8-25), about a 15-year-old girl who embarks on a trip to the North Pole to fulfill a wish of her deceased father. The production will be presented at the Murphey School Auditorium to masked audiences of four people per performance.

Next up will be “Conversations I Always Wanted to Have,” a repertory of two plays by Dael Orlandersmith, including Forever and Until the Flood (Jan. 28-Feb. 14, 2021). Forever is a semi-autobiographical play about the relationship between a young girl and her ex-dancer mother in East Harlem. Until the Flood comprises verbatim interviews the playwright conducted with residents of Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing. The shows will be performed each night for a livestream audience.

The season will close out with the musical Evita (dates TBA), with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. The musical tells the story of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. Playwright and actor Hannah Benitez will star, and the show will be presented in person to socially distant audiences.

Founded in 1995, Burning Coal Theatre Company produces overlooked classics and contemporary plays and musicals that address current issues.

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