Lauded Actor Brings History to Life

Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla welcomes acclaimed actor Mike Wiley as he performs Henry “Box” Brown’s incredible story in “One Noble Journey” on Friday,
March 1, at 7 p.m.

Henry “Box” Brown was an African-American born into slavery in 1816 in Louisa County, Virginia. Although he was not subjected to physical violence, his story demonstrates that the cruelty of slavery was every bit as devastating to the heart as it often was to the body. After his family was torn apart and parceled out to various beneficiaries of the owner’s estate, Henry devised an ingenious escape plan — sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to friends and freedom in Philadelphia.

Wiley has spent the last decade bringing educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, he found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history. To bring these stories to life, he started his own production company.

Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and others.

Reserved seating tickets are $35 and are available online at or by calling the box office at (509) 529-6500.