Nov 17 2011

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the Pulitzer Prize

Entertaining? Definitely. Shocking? At times. Wholesome? …maybe not. There’s a lot that can be said about Edward Albee’s 1962 Broadway debut Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, winner of the 1963 Tony Award and initial winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. But when it came time to award the Pulitzer, the committee actually decided to… Read more »

Nov 10 2011

Get on the Bus! – Don’t forget your luggage.

1961: The Freedom Riders have gathered from across America.  They are about to travel to the segregated and violent southern states to fight racial prejudice. What might they bring with them on such a trip?  A change of clothes? A few belongings for the road? In the first few days of rehearsal for Mike Wiley’s… Read more »

Nov 7 2011

The Best of Both Worlds: Undergrads in “The Parchman Hour”

Many of the artists at PlayMakers have ties to UNC-Chapel Hill, but it’s not often that a production features undergrad actors in the cast. However, open casting calls for The Parchman Hour brought undergraduates Jessica Sorgi and Allen Tedder to the PlayMakers stage – a fact the students are pretty excited about. Jessica Sorgi “I don’t… Read more »

Nov 3 2011

Photos of “The Parchman Hour’!

Every dress rehearsal (the night before our first public performance), we bring our favorite photographer Jon Gardiner into the theater to shoot production and press photos. He always gets great pictures that show off the excitement of the production. Check out some of his shots of The Parchman Hour below! Dee Dee Batteast with the… Read more »

Nov 2 2011

Costuming the Freedom Riders, part 2

by Rachel Pollock, Costume Designer A few posts ago, I made an update about the show opening tonight for which I have designed costumes, a world premiere of a new script by playwright and director Mike Wiley. The play, The Parchman Hour, takes place partly in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm prison. My prior post talked about… Read more »

Oct 31 2011

“The Expression of Experience” by John Patrick

John Patrick is a vocal coach who has worked in film, theatre, and television. He served as the vocal coach for A Number with PlayMakers before working on The Parchman Hour. The voice carries on it the expression of an experience. Each voice is different just like each person’s perspective is different. The human need… Read more »

Oct 28 2011

Behind-the-Scenes Video of “The Parchman Hour”

Check out our behind-the-scenes video for The Parchman Hour, featuring playwright-director Mike Wiley with members of the design and production team and the cast! The Parchman Hour is now playing through November 13. Learn more here.

Oct 26 2011

“A Music Director’s Perspective” by Rozlyn Sorrell

Singer/actress Rozlyn Sorrell is a New York native who has performed in music, film, television and theatre in Los Angeles and currently operates Vocal Precision Studio in Raleigh. Rozlyn serves as the music director for The Parchman Hour. As an educator, I feel this piece is very timely and relevant in the world in which… Read more »

Oct 24 2011

“A Remarkable Journey” by Kashif Powell

Kashif Powell is a Triangle-based actor, and a Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, making his PlayMakers debut as Stokely Carmichael in The Parchman Hour. It has been such a privilege to work on The Parchman Hour. This project has taken me on a remarkable journey, teaching me profound lessons in courage and sacrifice… Read more »

Oct 21 2011

Designing the world of “The Parchman Hour”

When audiences enter the theater to see The Parchman Hour, their eyes will probably go straight to the life-sized bus onstage. “The bus became the real tag for me as so much of this story and the story of the civil rights movement involves buses,” says set designer McKay Coble, citing the story of Rosa… Read more »