Into the Fire at Burning Coal Theatre

The Burning Coal Theatre Company podcast series, hosted by Artistic Director Jerome Davis

EPISODE 87: KidsWrite Playwrights 2022

May 24th, 2022


Artistic Director Jerome Davis sits down with three of the five playwrights selected for this year's KidsWrite Festival! Graham Woods (Vince Gumshoes: Boom Service!), Isabel Richman (Fill In The Blank), and Millie Soler (Funny Business) talk about their playwrighting inspirations and backgrounds.


The 2022 KIDSWRITE FESTIVAL will livestream for free on  on May 27 & 28 at 7pm.

This year's selected plays are:




FILL IN THE BLANK - Isabel Richman

FUNNY BUSINESS - by Ms. Huffman's Class; Nevaeh Aravena, Calvin Bennett, Anais Cruz, Carla Hilal, Molly Huffman, Connor Keene, Kendal Morgan, Faith Obaigbena, Aryia Roberts, Josie Robertson, Millie Soler, Arwen Wylie

EPISODE 86: Doug Lively and Alan Rich

March 30th, 2022

On this episode, we're joined by Doug Lively and Alan Rich, both NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Solar System Ambassadors, who provide context and insight for our upcoming production of THE LIFE OF GALILEO.


Episode 85: Annelle Sheline and the Mud of Reality

February 3rd, 2022

This episode is part of our 25th Anniversary Season Celebration.

Annelle grew up in the Triangle area and made an impact with Burning Coal Theatre during high school in The Lysistrata Project (2003). While attending the Gallatin School at NYU, she further developed her interest in political science and now works at the prestigious think tank The Quincy Institute.

Ana Radalescu also joins in the conversation as our new Associate Artistic Director.

Episode 84: Ken Hinton

January 14th, 2022

On this episode, we're joined by the director of Art by Yasmina Reza, Ken Hinton. He discusses his influences, working as a professor of theatre at Shaw University and NC Central University, and founding the Agape Theatre Project in Durham, NC.

Episode 83: Abbe Fralix

December 8th, 2021

On this episode, we're joined by Abbe Fralix, a longtime collaborator currently featured in our production of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca!

Episode 82: Michael Pavelka

October 13th, 2021

On this episode, we're joined by Michael Pavelka, whose set design was featured in the UK premiere production of I and You at the Hampstead Theatre in London!

Episode 81: Erin Morales

October 6th, 2021

On this episode, we're joined by I and You Set Designer Erin Morales!

Episode 80: Lauren Gunderson

September 22nd, 2021

Episode 79: David Henderson, Beth London, and Kate Day

August 11th, 2021

On this episode of Into the Fire, we're joined by a few people who've been with us from our very first season back in 1997: David Henderson, Beth London, and Kate Day!

Episode 78: Dr. Brenda Werth

June 16th, 2021

On this episode of Into the Fire, Jerome Davis and special guest Dr. Brenda Werth discuss Burning Coal’s upcoming musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Werth, a professor of Latin American icons and myths at American University, explains how real people of the past can often develop their own mythologies through artistic depictions. The conversation centers around the lives of Eva Perón and Che Guevara and the ways in which their real lives differ from their “afterlives”—the way that their legacies continue into modern society.  

00:00-00:50 Introduction 

00:50-01:20 Introduction of Special Guest 

01:20-03:38 Dr. Werth describes her work and interests 

03:38-04:29 Discrepancies between real world and fiction in Evita 

04:29-07:33 Ethical responsibility of artists in depicting real world events 

07:33-10:11 Che Guevara’s presence in Evita 

10:11-11:40 Burning Coal’s approach to the Che Guevara character 

11:40-14:38 Evolution and politicization of Che Guevara 

14:38-17:57 What do the play and film get wrong? 

17:57-21:22 The upbringing of Eva Perón and the opposition of the upper class 

21:22-22:25 Influence of Eva Perón on Juan Perón’s policies 

22:25-24:52 Where did Eva Perón’s confidence come from? 

24:45-28:26 World political context of Eva Peron’s life and widespread fear of communism 

28:26-31:10 Current representation of Latin stories in the theatre  

31:10-32:41 Breaking down economic barriers to include new voices  

32:41-34:00 Final thoughts and discussion of venue  

34:00-34:59 Conclusion 

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