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Blood Done Sign My Name

May 11 - 27, 2018

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

Advisory: Blood Done Sign My Name is recommended for mature audiences and features adult language. Parental guidance is suggested. 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

Directed by Joseph Megel


Blood, Soil, and the Stage: Mar 14, 7:30 PM

Sit down at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701) with Playwright, Mike Wiley and his collaborators, Laurelyn Dossett and Tim Tyson, to explore the inspiration for two world premiere plays, RLT’s Blood Done Sign My Name & Playmakers’ Leaving Eden.

Actors will perform a scene from each show, followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by PlayMakers’ Vivienne Benesch and Raleigh Little Theatre’s Executive Direction, Charles Phaneuf.

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Post-Show Forum

Join us on the first Sunday of “Blood Done Sign My Name” (May 13) and during every City Series production for an interactive conversation. This discussion model is designed for personal reflection and exploration of the themes and tensions in each play. Audience members will dialogue with each other and the actors in character following the performance to enhance the theatre-going experience. This Forum will be hosted by Patrick Torres, RLT’s Artistic Director.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



Thanks to our media sponsors, The Triangle Tribune and the WUNC.




Ticket Information

Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Group sales are also available from the box office.

Seating is General Admission.

Blood Done Sign My Name is part of the RLT City Series.

Show times:

  • Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00pm

Ticket prices (including taxes):

  • Adults: $25
  • Students/Seniors: $21
  • First Sunday Performance: $15 for all

Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities is provided by Arts Access. The Sunday, May 20, performance at 3pm will be described.