Blood Done Sign My Name

Blood Done Sign My Name
A New Play by Mike Wiley
Directed by Craig Kolkebeck
Original Music Composed and Performed by Bob Paolino

April 18 – 20 & 25 – 27 @ 730PM

General tickets are $17.55 and student tickets are $10.

It will offend you, it will make you flinch, it will shock you, and it will make you cry.

Deirdre Parker-Smith, Salisbury Post

Synopsis

In “Blood Done Sign My Name” Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after reportedly making a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow then killed him with a bullet to the head in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men.
The town’s black community responded to the events with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses holding at least a million dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was 10 at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life and offers all of us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.

Production Team

PRODUCTION TEAM
PRODUCTION DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Rod Oden
SOUND & VIDEO DESIGN – Craig Kolkebeck
STAGE MANAGER – Karissa Carpenter
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – Ruby Jones

Cast

CAST
ED WHITNEY (Older Tim, Baliff) has appeared in two other Lee Street productions, “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “A Few Good Men.” He is excited for his third show with Bob Paolino and Craig Kolkebeck. Hell yea.

MATT MONTE (Vernon Tyson) is excited to be back on stage at Lee Street Theatre. This will be his sixth performance at Lee Street, having been previously seen in Pride & Prejudice, August: Osage County, The Parchman Hour, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and A Few Good Men. He currently lives in Concord N.C. with his wife, two boys, two dogs, two cats, and a a few fish. Love and thanks to his family for sparing him while he pursues his hobby.

SARA LEE (Martha Tyson, Judy Teel) & GABE LEE (Vern Tyson, Boyhood Gerald) are both excited to be doing their first play together! This is Sara’s fifth play at Lee Street. Sara and Gabe would like to thank Mark (Gabe’s Father), our family and friends for supporting us and the theatre. Sara feels Lee Street has been her happy home since moving to Salisbury in 2013. She hopes Gabe learns to love and appreciate what they both have in LST. Sara is proud of her son’s thoughtfulness and that he shows promise.

LUCAS ODEN (Boyhood Tim) is excited to be making his Lee Street stage debut. Lucas is in the 3rd Grade at Overton Elementary and enjoys playing video games and playing pokemon, when not at rehearsal. Lucas has participated in Piedmont Players Summer Theatre Camp. He appreciates the opportunity Craig has given him and is very thankful for all he has taught him. Lucas wants to thank his Mom and Dad for all their support and says “Hi” to all of his brothers, James, Tristan and Sylar.

BOB PAOLINO (White Man #1, Robert Teel, Judge Lassiter) Bob is glad to be returning for another production at Lee St. Most recently, Bob was seen as Morrie in TUESDAYS WITH MOORIE, Colonel Jessup in A FEW GOOD MEN, Sheriff Tyson, et all in THE PARCHMAN HOUR, and CHARLES in AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY at Lee St. Theatre. Other roles include Roy Cohn in ANGELS IN AMERICA and EKO in THE ELABORATE ENTRY OF CHAD DEITY at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and Major Metcalf in Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP at CPCC. Thanks to Sharon!

KURT CORRIHER (Thad, C.R. Wells, Roger Oakley, Fred) is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts and German at Catawba College and has performed in numerous productions in Salisbury and the surrounding area over the past 28 years. He appeared most recently as John Barrymore in Barrymore at Catawba College and Warehouse Theatre in Cornelius. This is his first performance on the Lee Street Stage.

TIM CAMPBELL (Old Gerald Teel, Billy, Larry Teel, White Man, State Trooper, Hugh Currin) was seen most recently on the Lee Street stage in LITTLE WOMEN, but has worked on a number of Lee Street productions including THE FANTASTICKS, NEXT TO NORMAL, and BOEING, BOEING. He is grateful to Craig for the opportunity to participate in this production, and end his uncharacteristically lengthy break from the stage (of a couple of months). He hopes that everyone who sees this show takes the chance to sit with the history and the lessons presented tonight, and hopefully see things in a new light.

RAQUEL ODEN (Francis Talton, Gloris, Margaret) is excited to be making her Lee Street acting debut. She has been involved previously with Lee Street as the Production Manager for Scrooge Trolley Tour 2018. She studied acting in Los Angeles and has portrayed roles from Hollywood, CA to Big Rapids, MI. Some of her favorite roles include Miss Casewell (THE MOUSETRAP) and IVY (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY).Raquel is very proud of her son who is also working with her for the first time. She would like to thank her ever supportive husband and all that he does.

MICHAEL CONNOR (Golden Frinks, James Ferguson, Black Man)Michael D. Connor is a Theatre Arts Instructor, Playwright, Actor, and Director. In his theatre instruction at Livingstone College he has integrated these disciplines to be able to bring awareness to topics that affect the community in which the college serves. Mr. Connor is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and a graduate of West Charlotte High School. He attended Shaw University and received a B.A. in Theatre and English. He went on to receive a graduate degree in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University. He has studied Radio-TV and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has worked on Broadway while studying playwriting at the Negro Ensemble Company. He has worked in Hollywood and wrote a play about the legendary actress Bette Davis, whom he was a personal assistant. He is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA One Union for actors. He has appeared in the movie “The Color Purple” and more recently “Homeland” and “the Hunger Games.” He has written topics on domestic violence, homelessness, teenage pregnancy and diabetes. He also performs for local churches in Salisbury from time to time. There is more information about Mr. Connor at his website: mikacon@weebly.com. He has a YouTube video featuring his performance of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

KIM AVERY (Fannie Chavis, Patty) was born in Smithfield, North Carolina. Although she was always fascinated with what it would be like to be an actress, it wasn’t until 2015 she began to test the waters. Kimberly has been in projects ranging from web series, short films, feature films and television shows. Kimberly is currently attending the Triad Actor’s Co-op under the instructions of R. Keith Harris.

ALEX THOMSPON (Ben Chavis, DIckie Marrow, Lonnie Fields) is a graduate of Catawaba College class of 2018. He has been in previous performances at Lee street theater such as A Few Good Men as Private Downey and The Parchment Hour as Freddie Lenard. This will be his third production with Director and pervious professor Craig Kolkebeck and he could not be more excited to share this wonderful experience with you. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he continues to peruse acting through his talent agency while making plans to move to Atlanta. He dedicates this performance to his mother for being his biggest fan and support system through his life. Love you mom!

MASON LIVERS (Boo Chavis, Eddie McCoy, Black Man #2) Mason Livers is from Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently a junior Theatre Education Major with a Creative Writing minor at Catawba College. Mason has been seen in Catawba’s
production of Radium Girls (Raymond Berry), the Dance Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (Dodo/Executioner), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Matt), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, playing roles such as Elaine Young and Paul Parker, and Anything Goes (Sailor). He has also stage managed the world premiere of Sister of the Stars at Catawba College and The Mystery of Irma Vep at Lee Street Theatre. Mason has aspirations to go into the film industry when he is done with his time at Catawba. Mason would like to thank Craig Kolkebeck and Rod Oden for giving him such a tremendous opportunity to be apart of this show. He would also like to thank his family, his friends, his cast mates and his girlfriend, Lauren for believing in him and hopes that you enjoy the show! He would like to dedicate these performances to his mother, Sharon Johnson: “Thank you for all that you did for me!

HADASSAH MCGILL (Rosanna Chavis, Caroline Thorpe, Eveline Downey) is making her first appearance on the Lee Street theatre stage from Charlotte, NC. She attrributes this performance to her late Nanna Charlotte Hampton who passed away the night of her audition and who encouraged her to take this chance. She also pays tribute to her late mother Stephanie Lofton-McGill who is her biggest inspiration and was her biggest supporter also the gifter of her talents. Hadassah also thanks her director Craig Kolkebeck for giving her this opportunity and believing and trusting her talents. She thanks her cast and crew for accepting her and making her a member of the Lee Street family. Hadassah’s former roles include Ruth in “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “As You Like It” for Shakespeare in the Park. Hadassah has performed at the Levine Museum of the South and improv with “Dinner Detectives.” Lastly Hadassah would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.

Media

Press

Press/News/Reviews
SALISBURY POST LETTER REACTION – APRIL 24, 2019 – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
SALISBURY POST REVIEW – APRIL 18, 2019 – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
SALISBURY POST RELEASE ARTICLE – APRIL 18, 2019 – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE