Oakwood Lives 2017: Immigrants! | Historic Oakwood Cemetery | Stage | Indy Week
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Oakwood Lives 2017: Immigrants! 

When: May 19-20, 6:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $10 - $20

It's the rare theater company that partners up with a cemetery, but such is the charm of Burning Coal, which stages a yearly production amid the tombstones in Historic Oakwood's oldest burial ground. The show takes the form of vignettes that imagine and reawaken the lives of those who have taken their eternal rest on-site. In past years, the players have resurrected the famous and notable: N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano, author Margaret Mitchell's first husband, Red Upshaw (the likely model for Rhett Butler), and the Capitol Square peanut man, among them. But this year local playwrights based their works on the timely theme of immigrants, so the actors will be portraying people who came to Raleigh from elsewhere and made their lives and legacies here, like Albert Barden, who emigrated from Kent, England, at the dawn of the twentieth century and became a commercial photographer in Raleigh (his 18,000-plus images now reside in the state archives), and Margaret Bryan, who left Raleigh for Brazil in 1866 and returned years later with her daughters, Mary and Minnie. Parking will be available inside the cemetery. —David Klein

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