More than 50 years after the murder of Emmett Till, Mike Wiley will bring Till and a dozen other characters to life in his one-man play, “Dar He: The Emmett Till Story.”
Mississippi audiences will have three chances to see "Dar He." The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 2 at Jobe Auditorium on the campus of Delta State University. That will be followed on March 3 by a 10 a.m. performance at the Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi and a 6 p.m. performance at The Barn, home of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston.
The free performances are open to the public.
“Dar He” chronicles the 1955 visit of 14-year-old Till to Money, Till’s murder after he whistled at a white woman, the trial of his accused killers and the trial’s aftermath. In addition to young Emmett, Wiley portrays Till’s mother, the owner of the store where Till saw the woman, a law enforcement officer, a juror from the trial and others.
“For all ages, Mike Wiley brings to life the tragic unfolding of Emmett Till’s visit to Mississippi and his murder,” said Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. “Parents, teachers, and others who want to help young people understand the complexities of racial tensions in the 1960s will find ‘Dar He’ creative and engaging.”
The actor has performed across the country. He first performed "Dar He" in Mississippi in 2007 upon the invitation of Ward.
“I have nearly ten years of experience in the field of theatre for young audiences. Unfortunately over the course of those years I found few theatrical resources for African American history,” said Wiley. “Therefore I started a production company specifically to shine light on those untold stories from the African American past.”