Jackie Robinson focus of ‘A Game Apart’

Published 2:26 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019

by Susan Stone

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will present a one-man production of the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

Mike Wiley Productions’ “A Game Apart” provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites-only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field but became a second-class citizen when he walked off the diamond.

Wiley’s one-man “casts” sometimes introduce dozens of characters during the course of a single play. Morphing from young to old, man to woman, African-American to white, his gripping stories enlighten and inspire audiences of every age to apply history’s lessons to events and situations of the present.

Wiley holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

In addition to his numerous school and community performances, he has appeared on the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel and North Carolina public television.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and may be purchased online at www.suffolkcenter.org, by calling 923-0003, or coming to the Suffolk Center box office on Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUSAN STONE is the development coordinator for the Suffolk Center. Contact her at 923-0003, ext. 102 or susan.stone@suffolkcenter.org.