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Blood Done Sign My Name – Feb. 20-22

Blood Done Sign My Name presented in NCWC Minges Auditorium

Rocky Mount, N.C.— The NC Wesleyan College Theatre Program and the Wesleyan Players present Blood Done Sign My Name, a play by Mike Wiley based on the book by Timothy B. Tyson.  Performances are February 20-22, 2012 at 7:30 pm each evening in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center on the Rocky Mount campus.

Blood Done Sign My Name is based on real events in Oxford, NC in the early 1970’s.  While integration was law, it wasn’t reality in the small town only 70 miles from Rocky Mount.  The murder of a black Vietnam veteran by a white store owner Robert Teel and his sons brought rioting and the Klan to the streets of Oxford.  Tyson’s father, the pastor of Oxford’s all-while Methodist Church tried to lead the town to unity, but they were eventually forced out of town after Teel was acquitted by an all-white jury.  Mistakes were made on both sides as revealed in this powerful portrayal of actual history.

Filled with soaring gospel songs and down-home humor, the cast of 11 portrays over 30 different characters of both races. It should be noted that this performance does contain strong adult language.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Belk Box Office at 252-985-5197.  NC Wesleyan students are free; faculty and staff are $5; public tickets $8; and other students’ admission $3.

A special discussion will be held after the performance on Wednesday, February 22 with author Tim Tyson, who currently teaches at Duke University and playwright/actor Mike Wiley.

Adjunct faculty member Melissa Ricketts is the director of this production. She has 20 years experience directing and teaching theatre in professional and community theatres, colleges, and high schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.  She appeared as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at NC Wesleyan in the fall of 2010 and recently directedGodspell and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol for St. Paul United Methodist Church.