Beginning this weekend, Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre Company stages a world premiere, “The Jesus Fund” by Terry Milner. The plot concerns a financially strapped theological seminary in Manhattan struggling to stay open. When a former student, now a popular televangelist, offers financial assistance, the seminary must decide whether to close for good or stay open through the aid of someone with questionable moral principles. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 16). $20-$25 (students $15) Sunday’s performance is “pay what you can.” burningcoal.org.
• The Cary Players offer “An Evening of Possibilities,” a collection of 11 humorous and thought-provoking one-acts by prolific California playwright Mark Harvey Levine, who will be in attendance on opening night. Cary Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 9). $16-$18. caryplayers.org.