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Documentary Theatre: Bringing History to Life Teacher Workshop
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012

The Parchman Hour
Evening Public Performance

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

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The Parchman Hour

The Parchman Hour
Written and directed by Mike Wiley

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012
10 am & noon | UNCW's Kenan Auditorium

Free School Performance for Grades 6-12

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.

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Curriculum Connections

Language Arts, Social Studies and Drama/Theatre Arts

Performances Guides

The following guides are available to assist teachers in preparing their students for the performance:

Professional Development Workshop

Documentary Theatre: Bringing History to Life is a three-hour Professional Development Workshop designed specifically for middle and high school Language Arts, Social Studies and Drama teachers. The workshop, conducted by writer/director Mike Wiley and actress Serena Ebhardt, explores the methods used to create documentary theatre and provides teachers a guide for building and implementing innovative and creative lesson plans for the classroom.

This accredited workshop will take place on Thursday, March 1. For more details click here or visit New Hanover County School's SchoolLink page.

Tickets & Information

Free for middle and high school students in New Hanover County. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Find out more about the Evening Public Performance of The Parchman Hour.


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