Oct 19 2011

Parchman in Context, Part 2

by Ashley Lucas, Dramaturg Ashley Lucas is production dramaturg for The Parchman Hour by Mike Wiley. The text of this post contains the dramaturgical notes she wrote for the program of the play. This is Part 2 of a two-part essay — click here to start with Part 1! ——————————— The bus rides themselves provided sufficient evidence… Read more »

Oct 17 2011

So who were the Freedom Riders?

PlayMakers Repertory’s upcoming show, The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, focuses on the story of a brave and determined group of men and women who had a significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement. Here’s some inspirational historical context to get you ready to see the show. It started with… Read more »

Oct 14 2011

We Have a Bus!

by Laura Pates, Shop Lead on The Parchman Hour Laura Pates is a first-year Technical Production MFA student who tracked down and transported a real 1960s bus into the Paul Green Theater to become part of the set for The Parchman Hour. Laura Pates and production manager Michael Rolleri pose by the bus (before it… Read more »

Oct 12 2011

Parchman in Context, Part 1

by Ashley Lucas, Dramaturg Ashley Lucas is production dramaturg for The Parchman Hour by Mike Wiley. The text of this post contains the dramaturgical notes she wrote for the program of the play. This is Part 1 of a two-part essay — check back next week for Part 2! ———————————— Throughout the American South, Parchman Farm… Read more »

Oct 10 2011

Costuming the Freedom Riders, part 1

by Rachel Pollock, Costume Designer I’m currently designing costumes for a very exciting project, the professional world premiere of The Parchman Hour, a new play written and directed by Mike Wiley. The play chronicles the stories and songs of the Freedom Riders, a group composed mostly of college students who, during the summer of 1961,… Read more »

Oct 6 2011

“The Parchman Hour”: An introduction by Mike Wiley

by Mike Wiley, playwright and director of The Parchman Hour “We few, we happy few. We band of brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother…” Words so elequently written by William Shakespeare for the theatre and so bravely echoed by the Freedom Riders for the “beloved community” and… Read more »

Oct 3 2011

“PlayMakers as Matchmaker” by Matthew Greer

By Matthew Greer, who plays Dr. Givings in In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) Romance between actors playing opposite one another is nothing new—it’s a cliché without which a myriad of gossip shows and tabloid publications would likely starve. Acting is the only profession I can think of that demands co-workers (who are… Read more »

Sep 30 2011

Making hats for “In the Next Room”, part 3

by Rachel Pollock, Crafts Artisan Today, the trimming of the final two hats from In the Next Room! Recall from prior posts on this topic that the hat trim is intended to be a physical representation of the metamorphosis of the character of Mrs. Daldry over the course of the play, and that the first… Read more »

Sep 28 2011

Making hats for “In the Next Room”, part 2

by Rachel Pollock, Crafts Artisan I initially thought this was a two-part post but I’ve realized that I’m going to need to split this into three, I think. At the end of the prior post on the topic, all four multiples had been blocked into the desired shape, using a terra cotta flowerpot as a… Read more »

Sep 21 2011

Photos from In the Next Room!

We had our final dress rehearsal for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) last night, and our production photographer Jon Gardiner was in the house to shoot our publicity photos. They look fantastic! The show is a lot of fun with brilliant actors, elaborate period costumes and a beautiful set, so we have… Read more »