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‘Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till’ coming to Morton Theatre


The Morton Theatre Corporation is honored to announce an extraordinary event at the historic Morton Theatre: a performance of "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till" by the renowned documentary theatre artist, Mike Wiley. The performance will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 7pm.

"Dar He" recounts the tragic story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black youth from Chicago who, in 1955, traveled to the Mississippi Delta and allegedly whistled at a white woman. This act of youthful innocence led to Till's brutal lynching and a trial that shocked the nation. Through his powerful one-man performance, Wiley brings to life the events surrounding Till's murder, the trial of his killers and the profound impact of this tragedy on American history.

Wiley is renowned for his ability to engage audiences of all ages in learning from our shared history. In "Dar He," he seamlessly transforms himself into a wide range of characters, captivating audiences and creating a transformative experience.

"We are thrilled to bring Mike Wiley and 'Dar He' to the Morton Theatre," said Tamaine Jordan, president of the Morton Theatre Corporation. "This performance is not only a compelling piece of theatre but also an important opportunity for our community to come together, learn and reflect on our shared history."

In addition to the public performance of "Dar He," the Morton Theatre Corporation is proud to partner with the Clarke County School District and AthFest Educates to present a special performance of "Brown v. Board of Education" for CCSD 8th graders on April 10 and 11. This partnership underscores the commitment of all organizations involved to provide young people with opportunities to engage with important historical and cultural events.

Tickets for "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till" are $20 in advance and $25 at the door the day of the performance. Tickets are available for purchase at mortontheatre.comor by calling the box office at 706-613-3771.

About the Morton Theatre Corporation:

The Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops programming, supports the operations, and manages the box office policies for the Morton Theatre, while the government manages day-to-day operations and provides staff to enable the theatre to function as a community performing arts space. MTC is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historic Morton Theatre as a vibrant cultural center for the Athens community. Its mission is to “[enrich] lives and [educate] people through shared cultural and community experiences while preserving and honoring the theatre's rich African American heritage.”

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