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Tangela Large (center) stars as Selah in Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep’s Riveting Leaving Eden Is Fast-Paced, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking

Last Saturday, opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Leaving Eden — written by Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Laurelyn Dossett — began with the offstage rhythm of a strong tribal drumbeat and ended with a standing ovation from the near-sellout crowd. Between the initial beating of the drum… Read More ›

Tangela Large and Tristan Parks (right) star as Selah and Moses in Leaving Eden (photo by HuthPhoto)

Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep Exposes a Small N.C. Town’s Racist Past — and Present

From April 4th to April 22nd, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of Leaving Eden, a play with music written by Raleigh, NC playwright and actor Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Piedmont, NC singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. The first work fully commissioned by the University of North… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh is presenting "Blood Done Sign My Name," written and performed by Mike Wiley, with gospel singer Mary D. Williams (right) (photo by Curtis Scott Brown Photography)

“Blood Done Sign My Name” Is a Hard-Hitting Script, Powerfully Performed by Playwright Mike Wiley

Author Timothy B. Tyson’s memoir of racial tensions in Oxford during the 1960s and 1970s has been adapted for stage by Mike Wiley, an actor and playwright based in Raleigh, NC. Blood Done Sign My Name is the second in this year’s Theatre Raleigh “Hot Summer Nights” series. As the real-life Eddie McCoy, who attended… Read More ›

Mike Wiley (left) as community redeveloper and would-be Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Harmond Wilks and Warren Keyes as Elder Joseph Barlow (photo by Jonathan Young)

August Wilson’s Last Play, “Radio Golf,” Proves to Be a Splendid Season-Opener for Deep Dish Theater

African-American playwright August Wilson’s last play, “Radio Golf” (2005), set in 1997 in the poverty-stricken Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, proves to be a splendid season-opener for Deep Dish Theater Company, thanks to superb staging by guest director Kathryn Hunter-Williams and the compelling characterizations of an unusually energetic and expressive acting ensemble, led by critically acclaimed Raleigh actor, director, and dramatist Mike Wiley.

Dee Dee Batteast and the cast of "The Parchman Hour" make a ruckus as the heroic 1961 Freedom Riders (photo by Jon Gardiner)

“The Parchman Hour” Is an Episodic But Eloquent 50th-Anniversary Tribute to the 1961 Freedom Riders

“The Parchman Hour” by Mike Wiley is an eloquent tribute on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides; but it lacks the focus and intensity of Wiley’s wonderful one-man shows, such as “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” and “One Noble Journey.”