Insomnia | The Fringe Dwellers | Emilie | Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School | Stage | Indy Week

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Insomnia | The Fringe Dwellers | Emilie

When: June 9-26 2016

THURSDAY, JUNE 9–SUNDAY, JUNE 26

INSOMNIA | THE FRINGE DWELLERS | EMILIE

Each June, Burning Coal Theatre Company turns over its Murphey School space to curated guest productions. Second Stage Series shows like 2015's five-star drama, Dark Vanilla Jungle, have proven to be some of the strongest works of the year. This June, three regional companies present two original shows and an intriguing stage play in rotating repertory. Koffee Dance Company, which mixes modern, jazz, African, and street choreography, opens with Insomnia, a dance-theater hybrid in which a small town's inhabitants lose more than sleep in the aftermath of a historic hate crime. Time as a Symptom is the second in Cirque de Vol Studios' The Fringe Dwellers series, plunging Jungian archetypes and quantum physics into aerial silk, trapeze, adagio balance techniques, and other cirque forms. Science and metaphysics also figure in Exit Through Eden's production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight. The title character was a brilliant eighteenth-century French physicist and mathematician who was the equal—and, for a time, the lover—of Voltaire. Playwright Lauren Gunderson lifts her unlikely tale out of obscurity in this quick-witted feminist play. —Byron Woods

MURPHEY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, RALEIGHVarious times, $10, www.burningcoal.org

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