Curtain up, spotlight on and enter stage right … a legend in the Triangle arts scene.
2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles has no small resume when it comes to literature and the arts. Carrie founded the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, directed the Cross Currents Chamber Music and Arts Festival and provided board leadership for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Burning Coal Theater and the United Arts Council. Let’s not forget her 45-year literary career, during which Carrie penned dozens of stories, published five novels and earned more than 25 awards.
A Stage for Change: SIX
Carrie is nowhere near stopping. For her 70th birthday, Carrie is releasing “Black Tie Optional: 17 Stories.” But this is no ordinary book release.
Carrie transformed SIX, one of the short stories from “Black Tie Optional,” into a one-act play. She is partnering with Burning Coal Theater and Women’s Theater Festival to debut SIX as a special staged reading. SIX follows the story of a young women seeking meaning and redemption after dark experiences — an evocative tale that inspires us to live life without regrets.
The premiere of SIX will serve as a fundraiser for Women’s Theater Festival, providing critical scholarships for 10 young actors/writers/directors to develop their talents and craft new work at the 2019 Women’s Theatre Festival.
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 3 p.m.
Location: Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street Raleigh
A Place for a Party
And what’s a show without a little afterparty? Carrie also invites guests to join her and the cast in the lobby afterward for cake and bubbly to celebrate her 70th birthday!
The event is free with a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Women’s Theatre Festival Scholarship Fun. “Black Tie Optional: 17 Stories” will be available for purchase (and autograph!) with 40 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Women’s Theatre Festival.
Join us to enjoy a show, cake and bubbly! Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!