A House: Wait Til You See This! Second Stage Series

  • Dates: 6/8/2024, 6/9/2024, 6/14/2024, 6/15/2024, 6/21/2024, 6/22/2024
  • Venue: Burning Coal Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 224 Polk St., The Murphey School, Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 919.834.4001
  • Admission: $10 General Admission


Burning Coal Theatre Company presents Wait Till You See This! 2024, its Second Stage Series of collaborations with emerging artists.

In Burning Coal’s production of A House (After Ibsen’s Ghosts), adapted by Lucius Robinson and Jerome Davis from the play by Henrik Ibsen, the ‘father of modern drama’ and a notorious ‘ladies’ man’, we meet the Alvings and the Engstrands, two families at polar opposite ends of the economic spectrum (and all played by actor Lucius Robinson). In this one-person show, Burning Coal regular and current Baltimore resident Lucius Robinson stars under the direction of Burning Coal Artistic Director Jerome Davis. In the play, we watch as a disease, not to be talked about in polite company, comes to infest not just its immediate victim, but the entire community in which he lives. Incest, syphilis, an overbearing mother, a dead but not forgotten father, a maid who may be more than she seems, its all part of Ibsen’s world, a world of secrets, shadows, lies and ghosts.

Lucius Robinson is a Princess Grace award-winning performer, director, writer, and teacher. He received his MFA from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater and has trained with Shakespeare & Company, RADA, UNC, and the Guthrie Theater. Long ago, he appeared locally in The Pillowman, Buddy Cop 2, Neighborhood 3: Requestion of Doom (Manbites Dog Theater), The Rivals (DeepDish Theater), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Raleigh Ensemble Players) Loose Lips Sink Ships, Julius Caesar, Faust, The Tempest (Shakespeare and Originals) and Howie The Rookie, Love and Information, Molly Sweeny, The Cherry Orchard, MAC, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida (The Delta Boys) among others. He currently teaches for Baltimore City schools and is very grateful for the chance to perform again in NC. For Burning Coal: Hamlet, The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Prisoner's Dilemma, Twelfth Night, Kidswrite 2009, Henry V (On Trapeze), (Three Man) Tempest, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Weir, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Jerome Davis (Director). For Burning Coal Theatre: Evita, Ashe in Johannesburg, The Weir (twice), Rat in the Skull, Pentecost, Winding the Ball, Steward of Christendom, Night & Day, Company, Road to Mecca (twice), Juno & the Paycock, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Taming of the Shrew, Inherit the Wind, Hamlet, Hysteria, Prisoner’s Dilemma, 1960, The Seafarer, Shape of the Table, Enron, Jude the Obscure Parts 1 & 2, Shining City, The Heretic, Iron Curtain Trilogy (Raleigh and London), Sunday in the Park with George, Spoonface Steinberg, Written on the Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle (London), Iphigenia in Splott (Raleigh and DC). Acting: Love’s Labours Lost, Mound Builders, St. Nicholas, Skylight and Talley’s Folly (Raleigh and London). Also, Skylight in Orlando and King Lear (Lear/Wilmington). Other: See How They Run (Southern Pines), Twelfth Night in Apex and Turn of the Screw for NC Opera. Jerry worked with or studied with Uta Hagen, Adrian Hall, Richard Jenkins, Hope Davis, Horton Foote, Denis O’Hare, Nikos Psacharapolous, Julie Bovasso, Ralph Waite, Oliver Platt, Ben Gazzarra and Ellen Burstyn at Trinity Rep (Providence), People’s Light & Theatre (Philadelphia), NJ Shakespeare, SoHo Rep, Barrow Group, Columbia University, Phoenix Theatre (SUNY/Purchase). This is his 27th year running Burning Coal which he and his wife, Simmie Kastner, founded in 1995. In 2019 he received the Raleigh Medal of Arts.