The Wolves is 2017 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play and is the first written by Sarah DeLappe. It chronicles the life of nine teenagers and their indoor soccer team over the course of six weeks. The girls discuss a variety of issues while warming up using a variety of static/dynamic stretches and drills before each game. Each character is known to the audience solely by their number, yet it is their unique and distinct personalities that make them stand out. As DeLappe writes in the play’s preface, “I thought of this play like a war movie. Instead of a troop of young men preparing for battle, we watch a team of young women warming up for their soccer game. There’s a captain, a rebel, an innocent, a recent recruit, a common enemy.” Through her impressively realistic dialogue, DeLappe addresses the experiences of strong American girls living in contemporary society in a way that seems timely and universal. The Wolves is directed by O’Neal Upper and Middle School Drama Instructor Ian Watson, the stage manager is Lily Gutschmit, and the lighting/sound designer is Tyler Jordan. The cast is as follows:
#11 (midfield) brainy and boastful: Bray Woodard #25 (captain/defense) typical coach’s daughter: Ana Huesa #13 (midfield) owns her wackiness: Clara Lussier #46 (bench) new girl/just wants to fit in: Victoria Mills #2 (defense) innocent and unlucky: Piper Everts #7 (striker) too cool for school: Molly Mansker #14 (midfield) 7’s insecure sidekick: Angela Carr #8 (defense) childlike and determined to stay that way: Maddie Vaswani #00 (goalie) perfectionist with performance anxiety: Sarah Massey Soccer Mom: Trixie Gomlak
Due to some language and mature subject matter, The Wolves has a suggested admittance of age 12 and over. Tickets are $5 for faculty and students and $10 for adults.
Join the director/cast for talkback and Q&A session after the performance on Saturday, November 3rd. Mr. Watson will lead a discussion on the play’s themes, the play’s increasing popularity, the growth of female soccer in America, and the rehearsal process.