( Wed., Oct. 26, 2011 - Sun., Nov. 13, 2011 )
Paul Green Theatre, 120 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Mike Wiley: The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders
"In the summer of 1961, the fiery first months of America’s civil rights movement, waves of young people, mostly college students, rode buses into the heart of the Deep South. Their bravery helped change the course of American history, but they barely made it out alive. Many were brutally attacked, arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary. There they invented their own variety program to help them endure, The Parchman Hour. Jokes, stories, singing, Bible readings and other entertainments sprang from every cell. With characters including Stokely Carmichael (who was actually imprisoned at Parchman), Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, The Parchman Hour honors an important piece of history, told through story and song. Wiley is a 2004 alumnus of UNC’s Professional Actor Training Program."
Note: Preview performances 10/26, 10/27, & 10/28; Opening Night 10/29; & Vision Series Director’s Preview 10/19. AD 11/8 @ 7:30p.
"PlayMakers Repertory Company is pleased to announce that it is hosting a special exhibit of artwork by Charlotta Janssen in conjunction with PlayMakers’ world premiere production ... through Nov. 13."