Blue Sky

Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM Raleigh Present Blue Sky

January 28 - February 14, 2016

Kevin H. Jones painting - names on chalkboard, smeared paint

Kevin H. Jones, Broadcasting to Unknown Points  #2, 2016, paint and electronics, 6' x 9'
Photo by Aaron Zalonis, courtesy Kevin H. Jones

"So, I was driving down this country road, right next to the runway. All the cow parsley was in flower, the swallows were skimming through the trees, there was a clear sky, the light was beautiful, kind of violet - and suddenly I heard this roar."
-Blue Sky

Opening January 28, Blue Sky is a play by Clare Bayley, co-produced by Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM Raleigh with an Innovation Grant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Blue Sky is directed by Gus Heagerty and features artwork by Derek Toomes and an accompanying exhibition titled super-vision with artwork by Toomes, Kevin H. Jones and Chris Cassidy. This funny and troubling play is about a photographer who inadvertently snaps a picture of something he shouldn’t have.

Click here for more information about the performance.

Performances will take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. The performance on Friday, February 5th will take place at 10 PM, following First Friday.

CAM Raleigh has a parking lot located adjacent to the museum at the corner of W. Martin Street and West Street. Parking is also available on the surrounding streets. Please make note of the limitations specified on parking signs.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Start: January 28, 2016
End: February 14, 2016

Phil America: Failure of the American Dream

Phil America, The Jungle, San Jose, USA, 2014, Photo courtesy Phil America

Failure of the American Dream is an exhibition featuring video and installation created in 2014 by Phil America while he lived in The Jungle, the nickname for a tent city near Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The Jungle was the largest encampment of homeless people in the United States at the time. The exhibition explores the realities of poverty in the United States that are frequently sensationalized or ignored in Western culture while sharing the humanity of an everyday epidemic.

The popularly understood ideology of "The American Dream" assumes that citizens have the opportunity to attain a level of financial and social status that will make them happy. Homelessness and the tent city are the anti-dream. People living in the tents have created housing and a community on their own terms, outside the laws of society. Their dream has been temporarily or permanently abandoned to focus on the immediate need for safety, food and shelter. Each person in The Jungle was promised this dream by their parents, their teachers, and has been denied; now their main focus is survival.

Phil America will live in the installation at CAM Raleigh and share his experiences with museum visitors from May 4 through May 8.

Read more about Failure of the American Dream

Start: January 31, 2016
End: May 8, 2016

Acting for Creative Entrepeneurs

 Acting For Creative Entrepreneurs is an ongoing course that takes place every Monday from February 15 - March 7 . Students will engage and learn the dynamics of theatrical training that, in turn, can be applied to any business environment.

Ages 18+ are welcome. Course taught by Patrick Torres of Raleigh Little Theatre.

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Register here

Start: February 8, 2016 6:30 pm
End: February 8, 2016 8:30 pm

So & So Poetry Series

Join us at 7 PM for a So & So Poetry Series Reading prior to a showing of Blue Sky, a play co-produced by Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM Raleigh.

The So & So Series began in Boston in 2006 and moved to Raleigh in 2008. Featuring both local and national poets, So & So has hosted more than 300 readers, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. Poets will be responding to pieces of their choosing in whatever exhibit is being shown at the time of their reading. The hope is that this will start a dialogue between the poets and the artists and may even lead to interesting and exciting collaborations.

This month's readers will be Eric Martin and Kathryn L Pringle.


Kathryn L. Pringle is the author of Temper & Felicity are Lovers (Lost Roads Press, 2014) - winner of the Besmilr Brigham Award, fault tree (Omnidawn, 2011) - selected by CD Wright for the 1st/2nd Omindawn Book Award, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY(Factory School, 2009) & The Stills (Duration Press, 2006). A new book, Obscenity for the Advancement of Poetry, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in Fall 2017. In 2013, she was awarded a grant from the Fund for Poetry and was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Eric Martin is a novelist. His books include The Virgin's Guide to Mexico, Winners, Luck and Donald, which he co-authored with Stephen Elliott. He's been a Fulbright Fellow, Northern California Book Award Finalist, and Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist. He lives in Durham.

For more information please visit: So and So Poetry Series.

Start: February 11, 2016 7:00 pm
End: February 11, 2016 8:00 pm

super-vision: Conversation with the artists

Kevin H. Jones, Broadcasting to Unknown Points  #2, 2016, paint and electronics, 6' x 9'

Kevin H. Jones, Broadcasting to Unknown Points  #2, 2016, paint and electronics, 6' x 9'

Join us for Coffee & Conversation on behalf of super-vision,
an exhibition inspired by Blue Sky
by Derek Toomes, Kevin H. Jones & Chris Cassidy

Free and open to the public.
Saturday, February 6th, 11 am to 1 pm.

Come and chat in an informal setting with artist Derek Toomes and Chris Cassidy. 

Learn more about Toomes and his work.

Learn more about Cassidy and his work.

Blue Sky is a play by Clare Bayley, co-produced by Burning Coal Theatre Company and CAM Raleigh with an Innovation Grant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Learn more about Blue Sky.

Start: February 13, 2016 11:00 am
End: February 13, 2016 1:00 pm