Burning Coal Theatre Company: What If If Only and Air

( Thu., Jun. 9, 2022 - Sat., Jun. 25, 2022 )

Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Burning Coal Theatre Company is excited to present its production of What If If Only (US premiere) and Air (world premiere) by Caryl Churchill, directed by Ana Radulescu, Burning Coal’s Associate Artistic Director, June 9 - 26, 2022.

These two short plays, the most recent plays by, arguably, the world’s greatest living female playwright, Caryl Churchill, run 20 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively.  What If If Only premiered in the Fall of 2021 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, directed by James MacDonald.  Air was originally presented as a ‘Zoom play’ and has not had a live presentation prior to Burning Coal’s production. What If If Only introduces us to a middle-aged man (Mark Filiaci, who recently did Burning Coal’s A Number).  He is clearly in mourning.  But for what, or whom?  A woman appears to him (Jenn Suchanec, from Burning Coal’s Pentecost).  She attempts to talk to him about his despair.  Then a child appears, demanding to be heard. In Air we meet a person (four people?) who are all trying to come up for Air.  Almost as if there wasn’t enough to go around.  Will they find their voice?  Or will they sink, without a trace?  Air was originally presented in May 2020 as part of the ‘Lockdown Plays’, directed by Wilf Scolding and starring Lydia Wilson and Tom Mothersdale.  Burning Coal’s cast will include Maxine Eloi (from Burning Coal’s Ashe in Johannesburg).


Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm. All tickets are $30, or $15 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.  


$30, $15 students

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  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, June 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM