( Thu., Apr. 12, 2012 - Sat., May. 5, 2012 )
Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
This new musical will be a Burning Coal world premiere. It is based on the 1895 novel by Thomas Hardy, with the script by Ian Finley, Burning Coal’s education director, and Jerome Davis, and music by Raleigh’s own Bruce Benedict. This play will be presented in two parts in repertory. This is the schedule: PART ONE: April 12, 13, 14, 15, April 21 at 2 pm, April 22nd at 2 pm, April 26th, April 28th at 2 pm, May 3, May 5 at 2 pm. & PART TWO: April 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5.
Hardy’s story focuses on Jude Fawley, a young working-class man who dreams of rising past his station to become a scholar. Along the way he questions society’s most established institutions like marriage, religion and class. “Hardy was asking these questions at the start of the industrial age. We are at that point again, as we watch power coalescing into the hands of fewer and fewer people,” Davis said. “Powerful icons are consolidating in our terrain both physically and emotionally, Jude the Obscure allows us to examine what we really value,” he added.
AD Pt. 1 4/15 @ 2p; Pt 2 4/22 @ 2p.
Related events: Lobby Lectures: 1) Rosemarie Morgan, current President of the Thomas Hardy Society..., will speak on “The Critical Response to the Publication of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy” on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6 pm - $5 at the door or free for anyone holding a ticket to any performance of Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2. 2) Playwright Ian Finley, composers Bruce Benedict and Jonathan Fitts and Lyricist Jerome Davis will speak on the creation of a two part musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s great novel on Friday, April 20 immediately following the performance of Jude the Obscure, Part 2 that evening (approximately 10 pm) - free for anyone holding a ticket to any performance of Jude the Obscure.
$20, seniors/active military/students $15; Thursday night tickets $10; student rush $5, space permitting.