Published Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
The 55th annual children's show will be performed in Ramsey Theatre beginning March 18.
Wayne State College students will perform “Wiley and the Hairy Man’’ for the 55th annual children’s show.
The play will be performed in Ramsey Theatre on Friday, March 18, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m; and Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Sunday there will also be a free performance by Discovery Mime Theatre in the Fine Arts lobby.
Set deep in the Tombigbee swamp, "Wiley and the Hairy Man" is the classic tale of a young boy with a very big fear. The story centers on this fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams. An expandable chorus of swamp creatures creates various locations in sound and movement as Wiley sets forth alone to face his fears and to conquer his own lack of self-confidence. The magic of this play is not fairy dust - it is soil, the magic of survival, the magic of the earth and mud of the swamp. The play is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.
Suzan Zeder is one of the leading playwrights for family or young audiences in the United States. Her plays have been produced by professional, university and community theatres in all 50 states and internationally. She is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education, including 2015 awards for both "Wiley and the Hairy Man" (musical) and "The Edge of Peace." She is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she headed the playwriting program for 23 years. Zeder was the first holder of an Endowed Chair in Theatre for Youth and Playwriting in the United States.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and free admission for WSC students, faculty and staff.
For more information and reservations, please call 402-369-6807. The box office is open 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.