Posts Tagged ‘“The Parchman Hour” Play’

March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

Notable recent news and upcoming events featuring Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate, MFA, and continuing education faculty includes: + Mike Wiley’s The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, originally produced by CDS and the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC–Chapel Hill, had its professional debut in 2011 at UNC’s Playmakers Repertory under then-director Joseph […]


World Premiere of “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” October 26–November 13

World Premiere of "The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders" October 26–November 13

PlayMakers Repertory Company Center for Dramatic Art 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina Wednesday, October 26—Sunday, November 13 Documentary theater at its best: The new play The Parchman Hour transforms the history of the 1961 Freedom Rides into lively firsthand experiences that ripple with the immediacy of the present moment. In 1961, a […]


“Civil Rights: Then and Now: A Conversation with Mike Wiley and Tim Tyson” on October 7 at the Hayti Heritage Center

"Civil Rights: Then and Now: A Conversation with Mike Wiley and Tim Tyson" on October 7 at the Hayti Heritage Center

Friday, October 7, 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (conversation) Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina In conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of his play The Parchman Hour, acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley will talk with award-winning author and historian Tim Tyson about the legacies of the Civil Rights […]


“Freedom Riders” Film Screening October 20 in Chapel Hill

"Freedom Riders" Film Screening October 20 in Chapel Hill

The documentary Freedom Riders, recent winner of three Emmy Awards, is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains […]


“The Parchman Hour” Play Presented at the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi in May 2011

"The Parchman Hour" Play Presented at the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi in May 2011

The Parchman Hour brings to the stage powerful oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Rides’ most iconic protagonists and antagonists alike. Based on interviews, newspaper accounts, documentary imagery, and other primary sources, The Parchman Hour is the outgrowth of a yearlong residency by actor and playwright Mike Wiley, a visiting professor at the Center for […]


Student Actors to Tour Mississippi with The Parchman Hour on 50th Anniversary of Freedom Rides

Student Actors to Tour Mississippi with The Parchman Hour on 50th Anniversary of Freedom Rides

A busload of student actors, a noted playwright/actor, a civil rights historian, and several documentarians will be traveling to Mississippi over Spring Break (March 6-11) to present The Parchman Hour, an original play featuring the songs and stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders. For the ’61 Freedom Rides, a group of mostly young people, black […]


“The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” at Kenan Theatre December 2-6

“The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” at Kenan Theatre December 2-6

THE PARCHMAN HOUR The Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders December 2-6, 2010 / Kenan Theatre, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill A Mike Wiley Production Presented by the UNC Department of Dramatic Arts and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University In 1961, a group of mostly young people came […]