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 »

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 »