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University of Minnesota, Morris production of Wiley and the Hairy Moon by Suzan Zeder and directed by Oscar Prill.

Synopsis: This drama is a spine-tingling tale of a boy and his worst fears in the swamp—eventually overcome by Wiley himself. Set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, Wiley and the Hairy Man centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. Through rhythm and rhyme, a chorus creates the mystery of the swamp. The magic of this play is not fairy dust, it is soil—the magic of survival, the magic of the earth and the mud of the swamp. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.

Publication Date

Spring 2000


Theater programs, Theater


Theatre and Performance Studies

Wiley and the Hairy Man, Spring 2000