"The production [Emilie], directed by Sue Scarborough, is so enthusiastically performed and staged with some surprisingly fulfilling choices that the case is made that the play has much worth to it."
"We knew immediately that we would need to give well-deserved kudos to costume designer Bonnie Raddatz. Sound (by Steve Burnett) and lighting (by Matthew E. Adelson) appropriately enhance the already high quality of this production [Emilie]."
— Triangle Arts and Entertainment
"Ryan Matthews's trombone work tastefully augments Brian Shaw and Tim Lemuel's soundscape and trippy projected visuals [Fringe Dwellers]."
— Indy Week
"My only complaint about The Fringe Dwellers is that there are no more performances of this incredibly unique show lined up."
Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series is presented in collaboration with young and emerging artists and companies: three locally produced productions presented in rep during the summer season.
First up, the modern-jazz Koffee Dance Company presents Insomnia, the story of a small southern town whose residents struggle with their own life issues and their attempts to find acceptance on their own terms.
Exit Through Eden returns to the Murphy School stage with their performance of Lauren Gunderson's Emilie, in which the 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet asks the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart?
Rounding out the season is Cirque de Vol's The Fringe Dwellers: this aerial show interweaves modern dance, aerial silk, trapeze, adagio, improvisational movement, ancient mythology, Jungian psychology, neuroscience and quantum physics; an eclectic hybrid of science, philosophy and modern and aerial dance.