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One Noble Journey

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Henry “Box” Brown was an African American born into slavery in 1816 in Louisa County, Virginia. Although he was not subjected to physical violence, Henry’s story (the basis for One Noble Journey) demonstrates the cruelty of slavery was every bit as devastating to the heart as it could be on the body.After his family was [...]

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Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till

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In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped [...]

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Blood Done Sign My Name

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In Blood Done Sign My Name, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after reportedly making a crude remark to one [...]

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Breach of Peace

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May 24, 1961 was the day 19-year-old Jean Thompson’s father had prepared her for her entire life. “My parents always talked about the injustice of segregation, but they were optimistic; they didn’t feel like it was going to last forever,” Thompson recalled. “They raised us to be ready. I remember my dad saying the day [...]

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Brown v. Board of Education :Over Fifty Years Later

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In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It ruled unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which set the "separate but equal" precedent. This play recounts the effects of the decision on the families who participated [...]

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A Game Apart

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A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became [...]

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Tired Souls: King and The Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Tired Souls opens in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955 - the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. Her determination was the catalyst that inspired Montgomery’s black citizens to abandon all travel on city buses until they were no longer forced to sit in [...]

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The Fire Of Freedom

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Notes: • Touring production currently available, featuring Mike Wiley • Independent production rights not currently offered • 50-minute student version available (Student version recommended for grade 7+.) • 105-120 minute full-length public version available • Study guide provided • Post-performance audience talkback included • May be included as component of extended residency | Fee Schedule [...]

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We Could Be Heroes

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This motivational commentary by actor/playwright Mike Wiley speaks to his experiences and influences as a boy growing up in Virginia, a young man finding his inner voice, and his journey to becoming a professional touring artist in America. It is a statement of gratitude to those who incite greatness, and a call to action to [...]

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Downrange

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Downrange: Voices from the Homefront is a new play that captures how military spouses in the post 9/11 era face and overcome the challenges of repeated deployments. It is an honest, raw, funny and inspiring look at the profound strength and resilience of our nation’s military families. Downrange began as a project to engage the [...]

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