Tag: Mike Wiley
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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.
“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.”