Ep. 7: Part Two with Playwright Mike Wiley Talking About ‘Peace of Clay’

Ep. 7: Part Two with Playwright Mike Wiley Talking About ‘Peace of Clay’

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Some of you may have seen ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ at Raleigh Little Theatre or ‘Leaving Eden’ at PlayMakers last season. Both plays were so impactful and in my opinion, ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ was one of our best local productions. Now playwright and actor Mike Wiley has co-written a new play, ‘Peace of Clay,’ with Howard L. Craft. This month it’s going to be read at Living Arts Collective in Durham as part a new works series co-produced by Theatre Raleigh and North Carolina Theatre. Because Mike had so much to say not only about this play but also about the important work he does in our schools and communities, I’ve divided our conversation into two parts, two podcast episodes, both of which are available now. In Part One, Episode 6, Mike talked about the importance of educational theater, the people who have been his biggest influences, and failure. In this episode, part two of my interview, Mike talks about the American dream, the one historical figure he’s learned the most from, and of course, ‘Peace of Clay.’

’Peace of Clay’ is being co-produced by Theatre Raleigh and North Carolina Theatre and will be read February 23rd at Living Arts Collective in Durham. For more information click on any of the following links:

To listen to the first part of my interview with Mike Wiley, Ep. 6, click here.

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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