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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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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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So many roles

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Mike Wiley is one man, with so many roles By Byron Woods@byronwoods It sneaks up on you, the first time you see a solo stage work by documentary theater playwright and actor Mike Wiley. You’re struck as he vividly impersonates a witness to an event from the history of race in our country, like the […]

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Actor-playwright turns on the light for honest discussion

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ORLA SWIFT, Staff Writer News & Observer Mike Wiley knows how easy it is for the mind to distort things. Sit in a dark room at night, and a coat rack can look like a menacing stranger, a blanket like a monster. Turn on a light, and these imaginary threats melt away. Wiley aims to […]

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