Through the use of Fedallah and Pip, I was able to find a way of saying, “We’re still telling the same story.” And these characters are the ones that keep us connected, both sides of the story. I would say those were my biggest challenges, and I’m still working on some of them. Every time I do the play, I get closer.RICARDO PITTS-WILEY - on his stage adaptation of 'Moby Dick'
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley's historic 2007 stage adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick is the centerpiece of Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom by Wyn Kelley and Henry Jenkins of the MIT New Media Literacies Project.
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright, composer and theatre arts instructor. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Mixed Magic Theatre, an arts organization based in Pawtucket, RI. Founded in 2000, MMT brings “diverse stories and images to the stage through prose and song, tackling well-known dramatics as well as original theatrical productions”.
Over a career spanning almost 40 years Pitts-Wiley has performed at noted theatres throughout the Unites States, including The Actor’s Shakespeare Project in Boston, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and The Old Globe theatre. He has directed over 50 plays including: “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “The Emperor Jones”.
Prof. James Buzard in the Literature Department was his faculty host at MIT. As an MLK Visiting Scholar, Pitts-Wiley co-taught one class per semester, lectured on Shakespeare and page-to-stage adaptations of classic literature, and participated in dance and theatre productions in both fall and spring semesters.
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley was a teenager in Michigan when he transferred to a new high school in the years of school desegregation in 1968. He came to his calling as an actor and director in the midst of the civil rights era. Here, tells his son about a year that shaped his life.
Recorded in Providence, RI.
Visiting Scholar 2009-2010
Hosted by Prof. James Buzard, Literature Department
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright, composer and theatre-arts instructor. He is the co-founder and artistic Director of the Mixed Magic Theatre based in Pawtucket, RI. Over a career spanning almost 40 years he has performed at noted theatres throughout the Unites States.