Home: Wait Til You See This! Second Stage Series

  • Dates: 6/8/2024, 6/9/2024, 6/15/2024, 6/16/2024, 6/19/2024, 6/20/2024
  • Presenting Organization: Pure Life Theatre
  • Venue: Burning Coal Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 224 Polk St., The Murphey School, Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 919.834.4001
  • Admission: $20-$32.50


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

Optimistic and strong, Cephus Miles is content to work the land on the small North Carolina farm he inherited from his family. Everything is as it should be until his childhood sweetheart rejects him and goes off to college. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Cephus refuses to serve and is imprisoned as a draft evader. By the time he is released, Cephus has lost his land to the tax collector, so he heads north to build a new life. With a good job and a slinky new girlfriend, he finds the big city exciting and rewarding. But soon the dream begins to fade - he loses his job and becomes involved in drugs and prostitution. Pulling himself together, Cephus returns to the land and his old sweetheart. They left to seek happiness elsewhere, and they have returned to one another older, wiser, and aware of the true meaning of HOME.

Jade Arnold has been directing professionally for 10+ years, as well as being a versatile film and stage actor, singer, and voice over artist. He plays a wide variety of leading and character roles. Arnold is a member of the Actors Equity Association and gained his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He believes truthful acting can improve society.

Samm-Art Williams is an American playwright and screenwriter, and a stage and film/TV actor. Much of his work concerns the African-American experience. He was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his play Home (1979), which moved from the Negro Ensemble Company to a Broadway production in 1980. In the mid-1980s, he received two Emmy nominations for his work for TV series. The Black Rep of Saint Louis, Missouri produced the premier of his play The Montford Point Marine (2011). Born Samuel Arthur Williams on January 20, 1946, in Burgaw, NC; son of Samuel and Valdosia (a teacher) Williams. He attended Morgan State University and received a B.A. in Political Science/Psychology in 1968. Williams is a member of the Actor's Equity, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, and the Dramatists Guild. His stage acting includes appearances with the Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1968-73; the Negro Ensemble Company, New York City, in the plays Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide, 1974; The Brownsville Raid, 1976; Black Body Blues, 1978; Old Phantoms, 1979; Plays from Africa, 1979; and Big City Blues, 1980. Other New York stage appearances include Black Jesus, 1973. Film appearances include Dressed to Kill, 1980; Blood Simple, 1984. Television appearances include Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole, TV film, 1983; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1986; The New Mike Hammer, CBS, 1986; and Frank's Place, CBS, 1987; also appeared in television commercials. Worked as a playwright including Welcome to Black River, 1975, A Love Play, 1976, The Coming, 1976; Brass Birds Don't Sing, 1978; Home, 1979, Eyes of the American, 1985; "Eve of the Trial" in Orchards, 1986; Cork, 1986. Author of the book for the musical Bojangles, 1985, and contributor to the book for the musical Sophisticated Ladies, 1981. Writing for television includes story editing and scriptwriting for the television series Frank's Place, CBS, 1987-88, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 1990s.