Single Tickets on sale August 18
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett’s mother and others caught up on the events that led to Till’s devastating fate. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confessions of the men accused of Till’s murder.
On performing this gripping reenactment, acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley, had this to say; “I do these plays because I believe stereotypes and racism and things of that nature arise from fear — because we are scared of the unknown.
Wiley has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, Wiley found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history.
We are happy to partner with our friends at the Center for African American History, Art, and Culture to bring this show to Aiken during Black History Month. Mike Wiley’s Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till promises to be a peak into the lives of those affected by historic racism, and to share their emotional story from 1955. This will be a gripping, educational opportunity for anyone who enjoys exceptional and emotional stage drama.