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The Wolves

The Wolves
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Sarah DeLappe
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 134
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 0573705976
ISBN-13: 9780573705977
Cast Size: 10 women

About the Play:

The Wolves was a Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Wolves is a full-length dramatic comedy by Sarah DeLappe. Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigour of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine high school girls who just want to score some goals.

The Wolves follows the complicated lives of 9 teenage girls – members of a high school indoor soccer team – as they warm up, engage in banter and try to one-up or outdo each other, and fight battles big and small with each other and themselves. As the teammates warm up in sync, a symphony of overlapping dialogue spills out their concerns, including menstruation (pads or tampons?), is Coach hung over?, eating disorders, sexual pressure, the new girl, and The Khmer Rouge (what it is, how to pronounce it, and do they need to know about it – "We don't do genocides 'til senior year.") by season's and play's end, amidst the wins and losses, rivalries and tragedies, they are warriors tested and ready – they are The Wolves.

The Wolves premiered in 2016 by The Playwright's Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater off-Broadway in New York City. The play opened to enthusiastic acclaim, including two sold-out, extended runs and was a finalist for both the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide. Since then The Wolves had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 10 women

What people say:

"The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe." — New York Times

"DeLappe's brilliance is that she reveals her players as they gossip, taunt, comfort and conspire not as archetypes—the smart one, the slutty one, the loner, the loudmouth, the nerd, the new kid— but as young women on the cusp of becoming their own self-defned characters." — Variety

"The Wolves is a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer... DeLappe's dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain... She offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world. It's a patch of Astroturf I would gladly set foot on again." — Village Voice

"DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them." — Theatremania

"DeLappe's exquisitely orchestrated cross talk and overlapping banter, dense with profanity and jokes, is quite musical." — Time Out (New York)

About the Playwright:

Sarah DeLappe is an American playwright. She is a graduate student in the MFA program in playwriting at Brooklyn College and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her much buzzed about play, The Wolves.