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Wiley and the Hairy Man

  • Dates: October 22, 2021 - October 24, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Venue: Pure Life Theatre Company
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 3801 Hillsborough St., Ste. 113, Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Times: Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3pm and 7pm; Sun., 3pm
  • Admission: General admission, $7; Kids 12 and under, free


Directed and Choreographed by Chanda Branch and Deb Royals. Pure Life Theatre is proud to present Suzan Zeder’s Wiley and the Hairy Man, a family-friendly story that is perfect for the spooky season!

Deep in the Tombigbee swamp, this classic tale of a very young boy with a very big fear is brought to new and vibrant life in Wiley and the Hairy Man. The story centers around a young boy named Wiley (Nate Branscomb) and his conjure-woman mother (Verlene Oates), a faithful dog (Acacia Howard), and the Hairy Man (Dylan Bailey) who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. A chorus of swamp creatures made up of teens and local professionals (including Chanda Branch, Deb Royals, Qualia Akili Holder-Cozart, Lynne Gore-Ford, and Samantha Ford) 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.

Acclaimed playwright Suzan Zeder's storytelling deepens the characters, intensifies the excitement, and creates the mysterious magic of the swamp. This is part of Pure Life Theatre’s Theatre For Young Audiences programming and will be acted by a cast made up of local professionals and talented teens!

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.purelifetheatre.com/buy-tickets