10.21.2014

Learning Through Theatre

  Wiley and the Hairy Man is an African American folktale that was retold orally for generations before it
  was ever written on paper. During the Great Depression, as part of FDR's New Deal, writers with the
  Federal Writers' Project recorded many oral histories from all over the United States. Wiley and the
  Hairy Man is one of those stories.


The folktale was first published as a play in the 70s and has been a popular production ever since. We were invited to attend a special performance for A.S.A.P. students at The Circuit Playhouse. I was not familiar with the story or its history, so I did a little digging to find all of this interesting information. I also found this really great Teacher Information Packet for extending the experience beyond the stage.

Showtimes for this play are limited, but it's well worth squeezing into the busiest of schedules.
I think its likely enjoyable at any age, but of particular interest for the elementary set. 
If you can't make it to the show, you can read the story. I'll be adding it to our library!

Grade 3 Reading Level

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