ASYLUM | Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School | Stage | Indy Week
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1 2015
Price: $15-$25



BURNING COAL THEATRE COMPANY—Aerial work is often about freedom, but Asylum underlines how the ropes that let performers fly are equally constraints. Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller's aerial theater piece focuses on four patients and a nurse at a 1960s mental institution, using video projections of an abandoned asylum in New York City and acrobats on silks to conjure people trapped in space and their own minds. At Murphey School Auditorium, Burning Coal and the Brooklyn-based Only Child Aerial Theatre co-produce the mostly airborne work with a new, original song by Sophie B. Hawkins. This isn't the first time Burning Coal's feet have left the ground: INDY theater critic Byron Woods counted its Henry V (on Trapeze) as one of the strongest shows of 2011 in a four-and-a-half star review. See the arresting video preview at 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun., $5–$25, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, —Brian Howe

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