Wiley to portray baseball pioneer in benefit performance

10/10/2007

Actor and playwright Mike Wiley will portray baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson this month in his one-man play, "A Game Apart."

Proceeds from the Oct. 27 performance will benefit Bethlehem Center, which is celebrating its 70th year of ministry to children and families.

In 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and went on to star with the Brooklyn Dodgers. "A Game Apart" is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication and leadership.

Wiley made his Mississippi debut last year with "Dar He," the story of Emmett Till. In all his performances, he is the only actor. In addition to Robinson, Wiley will also portray Olympic heroes Jessie Owens and Althea Gibson as well as Brooklyn Dodgers team president Branch Rickey in "A Game Apart."

After earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wiley started a theatrical production company specifically to shine light on untold stories from the African American past.

"Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children with all proceeds benefitting Bethlehem Center.

Contact Bethlehem Center at 601.355.0224 or bethlehemjackson@bellsouth.net to purchase tickets. Group rates are available.