Some of you may have seen ’Blood Done Sign My Name’ at Raleigh Little Theatre or ‘Leaving Eden’ at PlayMakers last season, and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure those plays had an impact on you. That’s just one of the reasons why I wanted to sit down and chat with my guest today, actor and playwright Mike Wiley. Because Mike had so much to say not only about his new play ‘Peace of Clay,’ which he co-wrote with Howard L. Craft, but also about the important work he does in our schools and communities, I’ve divided our conversation into two parts, two podcast episodes, Episode 6 and Episode 7, both of which are available now. In this episode, part one of my interview with Mike, we talk about the role theater has in moving the conversation about race in this country forward, the people who influenced him throughout his life, and what he’s learned about failure.
‘Peace of Clay’ is being co-produced by Theatre Raleigh and North Carolina Theatre and will be
About the Guest
Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and more. His recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ and ‘The Parchman Hour,’ an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961. Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the 2010 and 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his numerous school and community performances, he has also appeared on Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and National Geographic Channel and has been featured in Our State magazine, PBS’ ‘North Carolina Now,’ and WUNC’s ‘The State of Things.’ For more information visit: http://mikewileyproductions.com/.
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