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Story of civil rights heroes dramatized at Charlotte’s MLK holiday breakfast

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  BY TIM FUNK tfunk@charlotteobserver.com The accent was on both the past and the future Monday when about 1,300 people gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center for the McCrorey YMCA’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King holiday breakfast. North Carolina-based actor-playwright-director Mike Wiley took the crowd back to 1961, with “Breach of Peace,” a powerful one-man […]

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Guthrie Theater’s ‘The Parchman Hour’ packs powerful, relevant civics lesson

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The cast of “The Parchman Hour” at the Guthrie Theater. (Photo by Dan Norman) By DOMINIC P. PAPATOLA / SPECIAL TO THE PIONEER PRESS October 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm At first glance, there is a kind of sterility about the Guthrie Theater’s production of “The Parchman Hour.” The flat, angled, imposing, off-white surfaces — […]

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Powerful ‘Parchman Hour’ at the Guthrie tells story of Freedom Riders

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PHOTOS BY DAN NORMAN The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s The Parchman Hour, written by Mike Wiley and directed by Patricia McGregor. Scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Katherine O’Neill, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and projection design by Tom Mays. October 1 – November 6, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at […]

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The Parchman Hour At The Guthrie

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‘We were immortal’: Another era when black lives mattered gives birth to Guthrie’s ‘Parchman Hour’ The Guthrie’s “Parchman Hour” hopes to inspire a new generation with songs and tales of civil rights. By Rohan Preston Star Tribune | OCTOBER 6, 2016 – 3:58PM RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER, STAR TRIBUNE  The cast of the The Parchman Hour […]

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The Guthrie Theater presents THE PARCHMAN HOUR

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  Previews begin Saturday, October 1; Opening on Friday, October 7;  Playing through Sunday, November 6, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater   Minneapolis/St. Paul—The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) announced casting for its production of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. This acclaimed ensemble piece, […]

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Emmett Till movie filmed in NC

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“Dar He” tells the story of Emmett Till, a 14 year old boy murdered in Mississippi in 1955. It was filmed entirely in North Carolina. See review here  

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Parchman Hour Review

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The Parchman Hour: World Premiere of Recent History at PlayMakers By Jeffrey Rossman Classical Voice of North Carolina October 29, 2011 – Chapel Hill, NC:   On John Mayall’s 1966 seminal Lp Bluesbreakers, featuring the 21 year-old Eric Clapton, there was a song called “Parchman Farm.” Despite being a great blues song, it is doubtful […]

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One’s a Crowd

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American Theatre Mike Wiley – One’s a Crowd He’s a solo actor who plays all the parts— including booker, tour manager and, above all, showman. Versatility has been the hallmark of North Carolina actor Mike Wiley’s career. “As a performer, I’ve always thought of myself as a Swiss Army knife,” Wiley chuckles. “If there was […]

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Wiley brings ‘Blood’ to Thalian

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By Bob Workmon StarNews Correspondent Mike Wiley got his master’s degree in theater from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. It was the same year that “Blood Done Sign My Name,” Tim Tyson’s searing examination of the events that led to the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, N.C., […]

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Did a variety show really save activists’ lives?

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Mike Wiley Productions’ THE PARCHMAN HOUR Indy Weekly Posted by Byron Woods on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM THE PARCHMAN HOUR 4 stars out of 5 Mike Wiley Productions Kenan Theatre, UNC Department of Dramatic Art Through Monday, Dec. 6 Over the past decade, the region has come to admire Mike Wiley’s series […]

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