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Oakwood Lives!

Image of actors George Jack and Greg Paul performing in a production of Oakwood Lives!
Burning Coal Theatre
Actors George Jack and Greg Paul performing in a production of Oakwood Lives! at Oakwood Cemetery. The productions are a colalboration between the cemetery and Burning Coal Theatre.

Oakwood Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 20,000 citizens, including notable community members and prominent state and national leaders. A collaboration between Burning Coal Theatre and Oakwood Cemetery honors the stories of some of the deceased each year through staged production.

This year's theme is protest and the production features a wide-range of characters from Raleigh's “Peanut Man,” Jesse Broyles, to Dr. Michael Hoke, the man who invented orthopedic “bone carpentry.” The performances take place in the cemetery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.  

Host Frank Stasio talks with actors DJ Curtis, George Jack, and Ann Forsthoefel; playwright Brook North; director Jackie Knollhuff; and Oakwood Cemetery executive director Robin Simonton.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.