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

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” 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.”