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St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson

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Jerome Davis as The Critic in the Burning Coal Theatre Company production of Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas

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Raleigh -- ( Thu., Nov. 4, 2010 - Sun., Nov. 21, 2010 )

Burning Coal Theatre Company: St. Nicholas
Performed by Burning Coal Theatre Company
$20, seniors/active military/students $15; Thursday night tickets $10; first Sunday of each run is "Pay What You Can Day." -- Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School , 919/834-4001 , http://www.burningcoal.org/

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November 4, 2010 - Raleigh, NC:

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St. Nicholas
Conor McPherson

Simmie Kastner
Burning Coal Theatre Company
Managing Director

Burning Coal Theatre Company announces its second production of the 2010/2011 season, St. Nicholas, a one-man show by the Irish writer Conor McPherson, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand and featuring Burning Coal Artistic Director Jerome Davis.  Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm (November 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20) and Sundays at 2 pm (November 7, 14 and 21, 2010).  Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and active military.  Thursday evening tickets are $10 apiece and Sunday, November 7th at 2 pm is our “Pay What You Can” performance.  The production will take place at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.


Conor McPherson’s one-man show details the long journey of a Dublin Theatre critic who falls in love with an actress half his age, follows her to London, straight into a coven of vampires!  The Critic, a well-respected fellow with a long and successful career as a journalist, secretly despises himself for not accomplishing everything he intended in life.  He has two grown children, a doting wife, and one of the top jobs at his newspaper, yet he continually finds himself missing out on something.  When he sees the young Helen in a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at the Abbey, he believes he has discovered exactly what (or who) that something is.  And so, leaving family, friends and job behind, he sets off on a long journey of self-discovery that will lead him to the brink of disaster.


Randolph Curtis Rand recently directed Burning Coal’s highly regarded production of To Kill A Mockingbird.  He has also directed The Historie of King Henrie the Fourth and Uncle Tom’s Cabin for Burning Coal, and acted in The Seafarer, and Love’s Labours Lost.  His adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll House was performed at Burning Coal.  Randy was a founding member of Arden Party in New York City, as well as The Drama Dept. (with Douglas Carter Beane).  He is currently a member of Elevator Repair Service and has worked at the Public Theatre in NYC, The Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, on a national tour with Rude Mechs of Austin, TX and in venues throughout the world.  Randy holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and a graduate degree from Naropa College in Colorado.


Jerome Davis is Burning Coal’s Artistic Director. He founded the theatre in 1995 with his wife, Simmie Kastner.  For Burning Coal, he has directed Rat in the Skull, Pentecost (twice), The Steward of Christendom, Company, Hamlet, Inherit the Wind, 1960, The Seafarer, Night and Day and others.  In New York, he studied with Uta Hagen, Nikos Psacharapolous (founder of the Williamstown Theatre Festival) and playwright/actor Julie Bovasso (The Verdict, Moonstruck). 


Snow will design scenery for St. Nicholas.  This is its second production, following To Kill A Mockingbird at Burning Coal.  Snow is comprised of New York City based actor Marc Bovino and Randolph Curtis Rand.  Lighting will be created by ED Intemann of Ithaca, NY.  ED heads the lighting program at Cornell University.  He has designed The Love Song of J.Robert Oppenheimer, Crowns, Way to Heaven and Much Ado About Nothing for Burning Coal.  The sound design will be created by Aharon Segal, a student at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh.

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Burning Coal Theatre Company is one of Raleigh's small professional theatre companies.  Burning Coal is an incorporated, non-profit [501 (c) (3)] organization.  Burning Coal's mission is to produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen.  Burning Coal produces explosive reexaminations of overlooked classic and modern plays, as well as new plays, whose themes and issues are of immediate concern to our audience, using the best local, national and international artists available.  We work toward a theatre of high-energy performances and minimalist production values.  The emphasis is on literate works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional linear plays, at which audiences are most often asked to observe without participating.  Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.


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