Renegade Theatre Experiment Presents "Wiley and the Hairy Man"

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This November, Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE), recipient of the 2007 Silicon Valley Theatre Award for Standout Youth or Family Production, continues its tradition of award winning theatre with the distinguished "Wiley and the Hairy Man" by Suzan Zeder. Like Aesop's Fables, "Wiley and the Hairy Man" tells the tale of a young boy haunted by a trickster demon. To triumph over the spooky, supernatural Hairy Man, Wiley must trick this boogeyman three times. With the help of his conjure-woman Mother and his faithful hound dog, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.

Out of the mists of the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, comes a tale of magic, dreams, and courage. Young Wiley has grown up in the swamp and knows it like the back of his hand. So, Wiley does not fear the swamp, but he does fear what lives in the swamp. Or rather, who.

This November, Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE), recipient of the 2007 Silicon Valley Theatre Award for Standout Youth or Family Production, continues its tradition of award winning theatre with the distinguished "Wiley and the Hairy Man" by Suzan Zeder. Like Aesop's Fables, "Wiley and the Hairy Man" tells the tale of a young boy haunted by a trickster demon. To triumph over the spooky, supernatural Hairy Man, Wiley must trick this boogeyman three times. With the help of his conjure-woman Mother and his faithful hound dog, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.

Tracing its origins to the oral story telling tradition of the American South, "Wiley and the Hairy Man" was first captured in text by Donnell Van de Voort as part of the Federal Writers Project of FDR's New Deal Era. Van de Voort, who learned of this African American folktale from a family gardener, submitted it for the collection to represent the state of Alabama. In 1972, Southern Methodist University commissioned and produced Suzan Zeder's rendition of this tale. In Zeder's version, she has changed the ending and has "written a play about a small boy with a big fear who learns to overcome his own problems himself. " Zeder goes on to state, "I wanted to write a play about kinds of fears that children face, alone in the dark. I wanted to write a play about magic--good magic and bad--and, most importantly, the magic that all of us have somewhere deep inside us." Zeder's "Wiley and the Hairy Man" was awarded the prestigious ASSITEJ/USA Outstanding Play Award.

Zeder has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the nation's leading playwrights for family audiences. "The most rewarding aspect of writing plays about young people is the possibility of dealing with dynamic young characters of enormous emotional velocity at a time when their lives change forever. The dignity and depth of children are sources of constant inspiration and challenge me to render their world as faithfully as I can." Her plays have been performed in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand; and have been published in Great Britain, Germany, and Japan. "Wiley and the Hairy Man" is regularly performed by professional theatres throughout the country.

"Wiley and the Hairy Man" performs on Saturdays and Sundays from November 10th through December 2nd at the Historic Hoover Theater in San Jose. Saturday performances begin at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM. Tickets for "Wiley and the Hairy Man" are $10.00 for Children 12 & Under, $13.00 for Students, Educators, Seniors, & Theatre Bay Area Members, and $18.00 General Admission. Tickets are on sale at http://www.renegadetheatre.com.

The Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE), founded in 2001, is the South Bay's voice for alternative theatre.

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Elizabeth Arnsdorf Patterson
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An Invitation to the Media

Renegade Theatre Experiment proudly invites you
to attend any of our opening weekend performances for

"Wiley and the Hairy Man"
Written by Suzan Zeder

Historic Hoover Theater
1635 Park Avenue
San José, CA 95126.
September 10th and 11th
Saturday performances begin at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Sunday matinee begins at 2:00 PM

Fact Sheet

Renegade Theatre Experiment
presents
"Wiley and the Hairy Man"

WHO: Renegade Theatre Experiment - San José-based theatre company with Bay Area cast, featuring: Violet Ash, Ambera DeLash, Stephen Evans, Camilla Frausto, Sean C. Murphy, Daniel Norberg, and Lucita Sinohui. Directed by Barbara Murray.

WHAT: A tale the whole family can enjoy about a young boy conquering his fear.

WHY: Share the magic of live theatre with a Renegade edge.

WHEN: November 10th through December 2nd. Saturday performances begin at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM.

WHERE: Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San José, CA 95126. General Seating.

PRICE: Ticket Prices:
$18.00 General Admission
$13.00 Student/Educator/Senior/TBA Discount Admission
$10.00 Children 12 and Under
Tickets available online (http://www.renegadetheatre.com) and at the door.

PUBLICITY PHOTOS: http://www.renegadetheatre.com/press
CONTACT: Elizabeth Arnsdorf Patterson
(408) 351-4440
press(at)renegadetheatre.com

About Renegade Theatre
Committed to forward-thinking performance, Renegade Theatre Experiment builds creative partnerships with aspiring and established artists to bring unique, outstanding theatre to the Bay Area. Founded in 2001, when a group of alumni from Santa Clara University joined together to develop as actors, RTE continues to explore the human experience through established and fresh performance works which break with convention. RTE's artistic and critical successes have included the World Premiere of "Waiting to Dance" by Erica Hemenway, Roald Dahl's "The BFG", the California Premiere of LORCA IN A GREEN DRESS by Nilo Cruz, Avery Crozier's EAT THE RUNT, Brian Parks' "Goner", "Hear Me Roar: Women's Images of Self", and the first North American production of the critically acclaimed show, "The Dice House" by Paul Lucas.

RTE continues in its tradition of bringing exceptional, avant-garde productions to the South Bay by kicking off its 2007/2008 season with the Bay Area of John Bastian's dark Civil War comedy, "Noah Johnson...". Explore the world of three con artists in the Civil War as they cross and double cross each other in this dark comedy about war, race and the lure of money. This is followed by the West Coast Premiere of "Americana Absurdum" by Brian Parks. "Americana Absurdum" celebrates the dizzying thrill of America in its many, fun-house mirror guises. A family-run funeral home business, a high-stakes courtroom arena, Irish lawyers, leprechauns and a talking wolverine make up this bracing, dark, comic work. In November, RTE presents the Renegade family show with Susan Zeder's "Wiley and the Hairy Man", a traditional African American folk tail told through rhyme about a boy and his worst fears of the swamp. This is a tale of personal triumph the whole family can enjoy. The season finishes strongly with the West Coast Premiere of Neil LaBute's bracing work, "This is How it Goes". Belinda and Cody Phipps appear to be a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts now married with children and a luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is in almost every respect an outsider - "rich and black and different" in Belinda's words, who finds herself atracted to a (white) former classmate. As the battle for her affections is waged, Belinda and Cody frankly question the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to bigotry, deception and betrayal!

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