Across the Divide begins with a 50 minute performance of Mike Wiley’s interactive production, "Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart". Looking back at ourselves through the lens of American History. The second and third phases of the residency lead by Mike Wiley and Howard Craft, build bridges toward multiculturalism. As Shakespeare wrote, “What is past is prologue,” and therefore we must understand ourselves first before attempting to understand others. “Where I’m From,” and “Where They’re From” are writing/acting exercises that easily enable even the novice writer and actor to become a poet and performer. With Across the Divide your organization acknowledges its commitment to an ongoing process of self education and coalition building in order to create open supportive environments.
“More than mere versatility… It’s virtuosity.”
— American Theatre Magazine
Mike Wiley and Howard Craft have spent the last decade fulfilling a mission to bring multicultural theatre and diversity residencies to audiences and communities across the country. Mike Wiley is a NC-based playwright, actor, teaching artist and director whose distinctive original works have been acclaimed across America and abroad. Howard L. Craft is a poet, playwright and arts educator from Durham, NC. He is a two-time winner of the North Carolina Central University New Play Project and the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship. He has taught playwriting workshops for adults through the North Carolina Writer’s Network, Duke Center For Documentary Studies, Sonya Haynes Stone Center for African American Culture at UNC and the Taller Portobello Art Colony in Portobello, Panama.