Contact Us

Box Office:

910.962.3500 / 800.732.3643


Office of Cultural Arts
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5966

Fax: 910.962.7008

Join our mailing list!


Parchman Hour by Mike Wiley
The Parchman Hour
Written and directed by Mike Wiley

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012
7 pm | UNCW's Kenan Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center & UNCW Africana Studies

Mike Wiley Productions’ newest work, The Parchman Hour commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. Utilizing the race rhetoric and the soulful sounds of the 1960's, an ensemble of young voices will breathe new life into what was perhaps the most tense three months of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Conceived and written by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley with author Timothy B. Tyson (Blood Done Sign My Name), The Parchman Hour is a compelling oral history originally produced by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the LAB! at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The national touring production features an ensemble of actors who bring to life the songs and stories of the Freedom Riders, in a unique staging reminiscent of the live radio programs of yesteryear.

Tickets & Information

Free. For tickets and information call or visit the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m. (910) 962-3500 or (800) 732-3643.

Visit our Educational Outreach page to learn about educational opportunities connected to this performance, including special free performances for grades 6-12.


Upperman Center logo Africana Studies logo
NC Arts Council Presented in partnership with cARTwheels, a program of the N.C. Arts Council. Support provided by the N.C. Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  K. Brogdon[ brogdonk AT uncw DOT edu ]