Mike Wiley's Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
When he stepped off the train from Chicago into the Mississippi Delta in 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till made a mistake that ended up having fatal consequences. He whistled at a white woman.
Mike Wiley's solo show brings Emmett's story to the stage utilizing actual conversations with a Look Magazine journalist, Emmett's mother, others who witnessed the events, and confessions from the men accused of his murder. This groundbreaking play examines everything from the murder, to the trial, and highlights a young African-American boy's story that needs to be heard.
Mike Wiley’s documentary theatre productions are dramatically-rendered stories based on historical fact. The dramas shine light and open dialog by sharing stories of individuals and events of human and civil rights struggle, strength, hope, failure and accomplishment. These stories are part of the American historical narrative. Occasional use of language or references accurate to the historical period or setting portrayed may be viewed by some as offensive or inappropriate. Yet without them, the historical accuracy of the portrayal becomes less authentic.
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Performing Arts, US History, American Literature
Grades: 7 and up