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Burning Coal Theatre Company will present Conor McPherson’s Shining City November 1 – 18, 2012. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm (11/1 – 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 17) and Sundays at 2 pm (11/4, 11, 18) at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and active military, or $10 on Thursday nights. Reservations are available at 919-834-4001 or by visiting


Ian was in the seminary, but left following a crises of faith. After graduating from college, he has opened a psychiatric practice in a recently gentrified section of Dublin. His first client, John, is in the building trade. He brings a tragic story with him. He also brings something more, a haunting tale that will alter both men’s lives forever, and force them to lift the veil of self-deception and acknowledge who and what they really are.


Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter from Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of The Weir, The Seafarer, St. Nicholas (all of which Burning Coal has produced in the last fifteen years), along with Rum & Vodka, The Bicycle Thief, Port Authority and the recent The Veil (Royal National Theatre, London).


Jerome Davis founded Burning Coal Theatre Company, along with his wife, Simmie Kastner, in 1995. He recently directed Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2 for Burning Coal. He has directed The Weir and The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, and acted in McPherson’s St. Nicholas at Burning Coal and at the Lexington Actors’ Guild in Lexington, KY (where he will direct John Logan’s Red in January, 2013). He recently directed The Turn of the Screw for NC Opera.  For Burning Coal:  Enron, The Mound Builders, The Steward of Christendom, Rat in the Skull, Night & Day and three plays by David Edgar: Pentecost, the shape of The Table and The Prisoner’s Dilemma.


James Anderson of Raleigh will play Ian. James recently appeared at Burning Coal in Brigadoon. Other Burning Coal work includes Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, along with Man of La Mancha, The Shape of the Table and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He understudied the title role in Richard III at NYC’s Pearl Theatre. John Allore of Chapel Hill will play John. Allore recently appeared at Burning Coal in Enron, Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2 and Blue. He appeared in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Henriad. Laura Tratnik of Asheville, NC will play Neama. Laura is originally from Berlin, Germany. She was a member of the legendary Berliner Ensemble and the Schaubühne. She has worked with Robert Wilson, Katie Mitchell and others. Nic Carter of Raleigh rounds out the cast. Nic understudied several roles in Burning Coal’s recent Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2.


C. Murdock Lucas of New York, NY will design scenery for Shining City. A recent graduate of the NC School of the Arts, this is his first Burning Coal show. Matthew Adelson of Lee, Massachusetts will design lights. He has worked at Burning Coal in each of the last fourteen years. Sound will be designed by Loren Watson, a recent graduate of the University of Milwaukee. Props will be designed by Tim Domack of Raleigh. Tim works with Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and is a regular collaborator with the Peace College Theatre. Allyssa Breeden will design costumes. She is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Barry Jaked of Wake Forest, NC will serve as technical director. Kim DiPiano of Raleigh will stage manage. Trey Morehouse of Wilmington, NC will assistant direct.

For further information about Shining City or Burning Coal Theatre Company, please contact Managing Director Simmie Kastner at 919.834.4001 or visit us online at