Mike Wiley's The Parchman Hour at UNCW Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders Movement

Parchman Hour Performance at UNCW April 13

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, in partnership with the Upperman African American Cultural Center and Africana Studies, presents The Parchman Hour, the gripping new drama from Mike Wiley Productions, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in Kenan Auditorium. Conceived and written by actor/playwright Mike Wiley and acclaimed author Timothy B. Tyson (Blood Done Sign My Name), The Parchman Hour commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders movement, one of the most dramatic and compelling components of the American civil rights struggle of the 1960s.

Originally produced by the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and the LAB! at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this national touring production features an ensemble of dynamic theatrical talents whose voices breathe new dramatic life into a recreation of the momentous events which shaped, and continue to shape, the history of our time.

"We are very pleased to bring this newest production from Mike Wiley to our campus and community," said director of cultural arts Norman Bemelmans. "At a time when the issues of race, freedom and equality under the law continue to define our national discourse, The Parchman Hour brings a dramatic new perspective to that discourse, providing a powerful portrayal of groundbreaking history, and a very personal document of the personalities, the stories, the language and the music of the time".

The evening performance is free and open to the public. Advance tickets and information are available at the Kenan Auditorium box office (910.962.3500) Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.  Further details also available at www.uncw.edu/arts.

Members of the media are invited to cover a special Free School Performance for Grades 6-12 at 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 13 in Kenan Auditorium, but MUST contact Courtney Reilly, Office of Cultural Arts, at 910.962.2082 or reillyce@uncw.edu ahead of time.