2019 will mark the third year of The Tom Dooley Project in Statesville. His story started in Wilkes County and it ended in Statesville. The Tom Dooley Project tells the story of the events that led up to Tom’s trial in Statesville for the murder of Laura Foster. The presentation includes selected scenes from the play “Tom Dooley a Wilkes County Legend” written by Karen Reynolds. The drama, in two acts, presents Tom’s story from the time he leaves Wilkes county and a “hanging jury” to his trial in Statesville and a hanging judge. Governor Zebulon Vance represents him at his trial and stays by his side until the story ends. The Tom Dooley Project includes live bluegrass, murder ballads and Piedmont Blues performed by Wicker & Jones with 3rd Creek Bluegrass.
The story of Tom Dooley has been passed down in song, folk tales, books, plays, and movies. After 150 years, Tom Dooley’s story continues to mystify and intrigue people from all over North Carolina and beyond. Statesville is where the drama reaches its conclusion. It’s a unique opportunity to tell the story in one Statesville’s historic buildings. Performances take place in the Old Iredell County Courthouse, built in 1899. The courtroom is handicapped accessible. Professional sound and lighting will be provided by All-American Stage-Sound-Lights, a full-service production company. The Tom Dooley Project is produced by the staff of WAME Radio 92.9FM/550AM Real Country and performed by local actors and musicians. Contact: Cathy Cash, WAME Radio 92.9FM/550AM at 336-692-3850