Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart
Glimpse into baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, whites-only hotels and restaurant back doors. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player showered with adulation on the field --but a second-hand citizen outside the stadium. Meet compatriots fighting the same battles between end zones, inside the ring, around the track. Note: A Game Apart utilizes Wake County Schools 5th Grade English Language Arts Module 3, which centers around the study of Jackie Robinson's success, leadership and his ability to enact social change. (Grades 3+). Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPH3a3O_FV8&feature=youtu.be

Artist Background

Mike Wiley is a North Carolina-based actor & playwright whose compelling works of documentary theatre yield rich and powerful journeys to milestones and turning points of a cultural history. With a remarkable ability to inspire dialog, his creative vision and talents are broad and magnetic. He shares a gift that helps audiences and communities start to peel layers of misunderstanding. When the curtain comes down on a performance, the experience has far from “ended.” It’s much more likely that light may have seeped through. Wiley’s overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African-American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the American experience.

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