In this world premiere ensemble version, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Timothy 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, and 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 that held at least a million dollars in harvested crops.

Tyson, who was 10 at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life. He offers us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.

By Mike Wiley, adapted from the memoir by Dr. Timothy Tyson

May 11 – June 3, 2018
Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

Directed by Joseph Megel

View the photos by Dennis Berfield.

Scene from Blood Done Sign My Name


Older Tim: Mark Phialas
Younger Tim: Justin Toyer
Boyhood Tim: Benjamin Cashwell
Robert Teel, White Man, WOXF Radio, Reporter: Randy Jordan
Eddie McCoy: Germôna Sharp
James Ferguson, Boo Chavis, Black Male: Juan Isler
Martha Tyson, Judy Teel, White Woman Hope: Hynes Love
Boyhood Gerald Teel, Vern Tyson: Matt Bain
Vernon Tyson: Kevin Leonard
Thad, Grand Dragon, Roger Oakley, White Man, Older Gerald: Daniel P. Wilson
Fannie: Alicia Whitfield
Dickie, Golden Frinks, Gamblin Man: JuJuan Cofield
Patty, Eveline Downey, Lonnie: Juanda LaJoyce Holley
Hugh Currin, Doctor, CV Richardson, White Man #2, Bailiff, State Trooper, CR Wells: Tim McKay
Francis Talton, Larry Teel, White Man #1, Klansman, Phone Voice, Jury: Scott Nagel
Caroline Thorpe, Black Female: Jasmine Marshall
Ben Chavis, Black Male: Benaiah Barnes
Rosanna Allen: Nickea Latrice

Production Staff

Director: Joseph Megel
Music Director: Juan Isler
Movement Director: Amy White
Scenic Designer: Sonya Drum
Lighting Designer: Cailen Waddell
Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
Assistant Costume Designer: Talya Suber
Production Mgr/Tech Director: Dennis Berfield
Assistant Technical Director: Alec Haklar
Props Master: Elizabeth Iaquinta
Sound Designer: John Maruca
Stage Manager: Karyn Aberts
Assistant Stage Manager: Barbara Witherwax

Production Crew

Set Construction Crew: Alec Haklar (Shop Manager), Thursday Crew: Noel Butzke, Dave Davis, Don Gillett, Gene Harshbarger, Charles Hart, Sara Mathews, Don Miller, Jack Murray

Costume Shop Crew: Vicki Olson & Jeremy Clos (Shop Managers), Mary Ali, Asabea Amaniampong, Dan Bain, Barb Biggs, Ann Boivin, Janice Freeman, Dawn Graham, Ann Haigler, Linda Hames, Kathy Mauney, Bonita McPherren, Cheri Murphy-Hinton, Dara Page, Nash Page, Catherine Sprankle, Pam Swanstrom, Linda Wellnitz

Deck Crew: Michael Teleoglou (crew chief), Dan Bain, Paul Baker

Light Crew: Danielle Storm (crew chief), Kitty Duke, Jane Gault, Jeff Hooper

Sound Crew: Leila Wolonick (crew chief), Eric Krebs, Samuel French, JJ Oehler

House Managers: Joel Schaer (Coordinator), Laurel Drobits, Herb Estes, Morgan Harris, Claire Huene, Greg Lytle, Lilo Miles, Rachel Pottern

Audition Crew: Marie Berry (Coordinator), Linda Depo, Adrienne Dyson, Tamara Hopson, Gloria Rich, Bunny Safron, Jack Safron, Patrick Torres

Audio Describers: Thom Haynes, Susi Michelau