Oakwood Cemetery turns 150 years old this fall, and Burning Coal Theatre will celebrate with a compilation of favorite short plays from the past decade written for the Oakwood Series.

Each year, Burning Coal and Oakwood Cemetery team up to produce a new series of plays about the inhabitants of Oakwood on the historic site. Burning Coal is Oakwood Cemetery’s oldest community partner, having collaborated on Oakwood Series for the past 15 years. This anniversary year reflects on the cemetery’s past and the history of the Oakwood Series by reimagining favorite stories and play adaptations. 

This year’s production, directed by George Jack, will feature the stories of people from Raleigh's past with interesting tales to tell, including J. Brinton Smith, Anne Wilkerson, Elizabeth Peele, Pullen and Ligon, Rachel Blythe and Marshall Haywood. This year’s featured playwrights include Ian Finley, Rebecca Wyrick and Brook North.

Performances will be held Oct. 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m., and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., in the Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and are available at the Oakwood Cemetery on the date of the performance or by calling (919) 834-4001. Parking is available inside the cemetery. Find more information at www.burningcoal.org/ourhistory.

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