“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.”

PlayMakers Repertory Company Will Stage the World Premiere of “The Parchman Hour” by Mike Wiley

Mike Wiley's latest docudrama "The Parchman Hour" runs Oct. 26-Nov. 13

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present world premiere of The Parchman Hour: The Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, a stirring docudrama with music written and directed by Mike Wiley, on Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 1-6 and 8-13 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina’s Center for Dramatic Art. According… Continue reading PlayMakers Repertory Company Will Stage the World Premiere of “The Parchman Hour” by Mike Wiley