Pfeiffer University News
Playwright Mike Wiley visits Pfeiffer University to perform his one man show Blood Done Signed My Name
- Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 ( 8:26 am )
Community Invited Thurs., April 26 and Fri., April 27
Playwright and actor Mike Wiley performs his one-man show, Blood Done Signed My Name, at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on Pfeiffer University’s Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, on Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public as is a discussion with the playwright the next morning, Fri., April 27, 10 a.m. in the chapel.
The play, based on a memoir of the same title by Timothy B. Tyson, deals with the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Murrow, a black Vietnam veteran, in Tyson’s hometown of Oxford, North Carolina. The incident, which includes the eventual acquittal of the white businessman and his sons who killed Mr. Murrow despite testimony from several eyewitnesses, provided a backdrop for galvanizing the civil rights movement in Oxford and all of eastern North Carolina.
Published in 2004 by Three Rivers Press, the book has sold 140,000 copies; it was adapted for the stage in 2008 by Mike Wiley prior to the release of an independent feature film in 2010 by Hollywood director Jeb Stuart, a Gastonia native.
All Pfeiffer University freshmen read the book Blood Done Signed My Name this year as part of the First Year Experience; this event provides the culmination of that assignment and related activities.