Tryon Fine Arts Center kicks off the Something Different Series with a work of documentary theater. Actor, director, and playwright Mike Wiley presents the true story of Henry “Box” Brown in his one-man play “One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom” on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
Documentary theater has emerged as powerful genre over the last 100 years. Also known as docudrama or theater of witness, documentary theater uses minimalistic, authentic props, sets, and lighting to recreate and evaluate historical events. Beginning with the 1930s’ “living newspapers” dramatizing the lives of working-class immigrants through the 1960s’ docudramas following the Vietnam War and political and social turmoil, documentary theater does not shy away from the controversial, while rooting the performance in historical fact.
Mike Wiley continues this tradition with his original works. Using first-hand accounts from newspapers and autobiographies, Wiley brings the story of significant African-American men and women to life, and celebrates hope, perseverance, and indomitable courage. One Noble Journey tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a man born into slavery who makes a daring escape by shipping himself from Virginia to the free northern states in a wooden crate.
In addition to the performance of One Noble Journey at TFAC on Thursday, October 18, Mike Wiley will spend the week exploring documentary theater with local students. He’ll work with Polk County Middle and High Schools to explore key events and people who have shaped our past and lend his artistic expertise in analyzing how we can shape our future. Mike Wiley’s week-long school residency is made possible by the NC Arts Council’s cARTwheels Grant and a partnership between Polk County Schools and TFAC.
Mike Wiley’s Thursday, October 18 performance of One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom is appropriate for all ages.
When: Thursday, October 18, 2018. 7pm.
Where: Tryon Fine Arts Center, Veh Stage. 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC 28782
Cost: $20 Adults, $10 Students
Info: www.tryonarts.org or 828-859-8322
The Something Different Series is made possible by a grant from the Kirby Innovative Events Fund of Polk County Community Foundation.