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Wiley and the Hairy Man


Deep in the Tombigbee swamp, this classic tale of a very young girl (or boy) with a very big fear is brought to new and vibrant life in this musical version of Wiley and the Hairy Man. The story centers around a young girl (or boy) and a conjure-woman mother, a faithful dog and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. A chorus of swamp creatures creates various locations in sound and movement as Wiley sets forth alone to face fears and to conquer 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. Louisville jazz legend Harry Pickens' music and lyrics combine with acclaimed playwright Suzan Zeder's lyrics and storytelling in a seamless blend and deepens the characters, intensifies the excitement and creates the mysterious magic of the swamp with a distinctly bluegrass sound.