The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by A. Nora Long
Scenic Design by Shelley Barish
Costume Design by Amanda Mujica
Costume Assistant by Tiffany Yu
Sound Design by Elizabeth Cahill
Lighting Desing by Karen Perlow**
Production Stage Manager: Diane McLean*
Assistant Stage Manager: Lauren Burke*

Season sponsored by Barry Bluestone, Lee and Diana Humphrey, and
Production sponsored by Jo-An Heileman
Director A. Nora Long sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser

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Summary

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 vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. As the author says, “I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings – as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people, athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who are trying actively to figure out who they are in this changing world around them.” The Wolves was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play.”   – The New York Times

Trigger warnings: strong language, blood, discussions about or alluding to eating disorders, abortion, sexual assault, death

 

“The Wolves” is set in an indoor soccer facility. Each scene depicts the nine teenage girls that make up the Wolves, a soccer team, warming up before their game each week.

The first scene opens with discussion of a Cambodian murderer, and conversations stem from there. Overlapping dialogue illustrates an atmosphere where each group of girls have their own, specific conversations while still chiming in on the main topic. These spin-off topics include periods, parents, boyfriends, their coach’s obvious hangover, and speculations about the new girl, who is said to live in a “yogurt.”

In every scene, the girls are going through a stretching routine led by #25, the team captain. This is one of the only repetitive actions, including #7’s constant use of the word “fuck.” The girls sometimes continue their gossip from the previous week, bringing new drama and topics of conversation. Deeper secrets are revealed, among them a terminated pregnancy and an apparent anxiety disorder. The new girl slowly begins to fit in as the season progresses.

A ski trip taken by #7 and #14 before the second-to-last game leaves the team suffering from injuries and internal drama. The teams leading striker is suffering a season-ending injury, which forces the new girl, #46, to step up. She excels, and is even scouted while her predecessor watches enviously from the sideline. #7 and #14 bring their ski trip issues back to the field as well. #14 expresses her anger towards her friend about her neglect during the trip and being left with a strange boy. They fight, and end the day on a terrible note.

Tragedy strikes before the final game, and the girls slowly gather at the field a few days after the funeral of their teammate. They are grieving but determined to finish out their season. The mother of the deceased team member arrives to cheer the team on, revealing the rawness and depth of her grief. As the whistle blows, and supported by their parents, friends, and coaches, the girls join together in their ritual to prepare for one final game together.

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Cast & Crew

Lydia Barnett-Mulligan – #46

Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (#46) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Lydia is a resident acting company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project and has performed and trained at Shakespeare & Company since the age of 15. Regional credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The TempestSchool for ScandalMeasure for MeasureThe Cherry OrchardMacbethMerry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Servant of Two Masters, Ice Glen, Dibbledance, Twelfth Night, The Tamer Tamed (Shakespeare & Company); All’s Well That Ends Well (Tennessee Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night, Pericles (Elm Shakespeare); The Physicists (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Xingu (The Salon at the Mount), Saving Kitty (Central Square Theatre), Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), and new works at Gloucester Stage, Fresh Ink, and Stoneham Theatre. TV: Castle Rock (Hulu). Lydia is a graduate of Williams College and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. lydiabarnettmulligan.com

Sarah Elizabeth Bedard – #11

 Sarah Elizabeth Bedard* (#11) returns to the Lyric Stage after having first appeared in Barbecue last seasonNew York credits include One Year Lease Theatre Company, The Workshop Theatre, Classics on the the Rocks and Mettawee River Theatre. New England credits include Significant Other (Speakeasy Stage Company); The Agitators, Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), Intimate Exchanges, Midvale High School 50th Reunion (Nora Theatre Company), Shockheaded Peter (Company One), Phèdre (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival), DibbleDance (Shakespeare and Company),  Three (Boston Public Works), Arcadia, and Translations (Bad Habit Productions). Sarah frequently directs at The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company and teaches at Bridgewater State University. Sarah earned an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University. Sarah is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. SarahElizabethBedard.com

Simone Black – #00

Simone Black (#00), a Boston native, is excited to be making her Lyric Stage debut.  A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; BFA in Drama, Simone currently resides in New York City.  She has worked on productions and workshops with Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Useful Party, Fresh Ground Pepper, Sam Pinkleton, and DJ Mendel.  Select Credits include Sisters on The Ground (Clubbed Thumb), The Thorton Wilder Project (NYU), and Search Party (TBS). simone-black.com

Olivia Z. Cote – #7

Olivia Z. Cote (#7) is a recent graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre (B.F.A., Theatre Arts) and is making her Lyric Stage debut. An actor and a playwright, Olivia’s original work has been produced by Brunch Theatre and the Boston Center for American Performance (BTM XIX), and her play Final Flight premiered at the Boston University School of Theatre in April 2018. Final Flight will get its first production outside of an academic setting with Acadiana Repertory Theatre in June 2019. Recent acting credits include Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures (Wheelock Family Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire Theatre Company), and Mother Courage and Her Children (Boston University). oliviazcote.com

Chelsea Evered – #2

Chelsea Evered (#2) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Previous credits include Romeo & Juliet (The Underlings Theatre Company), Trapped, California Guignol, Dissident and This Is Our Youth (Strange News), Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (Anthem Theatre Company), Everyman (Apollinaire Theatre Company) and Cyclops: A Satyr Play (American Repertory Theater’s Oberon)Chelsea graduated from Emerson College with her B.A. in Theatre Studies: Acting and a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Chelsea is also an educator for Speak About It, a nonprofit organization focusing on inclusive consent education and healthy communication with the goal of sexual assault prevention. She would like to thank her family, friends and partner for all of their love and support!

Grace Experience – #14

Grace Experience* (#14) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Her recent credits include Grounded (59E59th), The Turn of the Screw (Actor’s Theatre of Middlebury), Our Town (Heartwood Regional Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Berkshire Theatre Group), and Some People Hear Thunder (The Space at Capital Rep). She is an award-winning audiobook narrator for Penguin Random House Audio and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Love to Mom, Dad, and Stephen.

Laura Latreille – Soccer Mom

Laura Latreille* (Soccer Mom) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Dear Elizabeth, Time Stands Still (Best of Boston, Best Female Performance), and The Understudy. Recent regional credits include the world premiere of The Salonnières (Greater Boston Stage Company), The Bakelite Masterpiece (New Repertory Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage-IRNE Best Play), and Ripcord (Huntington Theatre). She has originated two roles for playwright Theresa Rebeck in her plays Mauritius (Huntington Theatre) and The Nest (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). She has also worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Gloucester Stage Company, The Market Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, among others. Off-Broadway credits include Love Song (59E59), and The Elephant Play (Playwrights Collective). She has participated in the development of new plays with The Lark, New Dramatists, Theatre Masters, Women’s Project & Productions, Playwrights Collective, the Huntington Theatre and the Denver Center’s New Play Summit. Laura is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Outstanding Actress award and is an assistant professor in Suffolk University’s theatre department. She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University.

Julia Lennon – #8

Julia Lennon (#8) is making her Lyric Stage debut.  She is an honors graduate of NYU Tisch, with a B.F.A. in Acting and double major in English.  During her time at NYU, Julia trained primarily in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her most recent credits include Agnes of God (Madison Lyric Stage), Enemy (Smith Street Stage), and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Stella Adler Studio). All my love to my family and JB. juliawlennon.com

Valerie Terranova – #25

Valerie Terranova* (#25) is making her Lyric Stage debut. A native New Yorker, Valerie has appeared Off-Broadway in My Big Gay Italian Wedding, and has appeared in more than 15 new plays and plays in development in NYC. Other regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Seven Stages Shakespeare) and Twelfth Night (Saratoga Shakespeare Company)Coming up, she will be producing and starring in the short films The Lepers and First Date. She considers soccer to be one of the other great loves of her life and cannot be more thrilled to be playing for The Wolves. ValerieTerranova.com

Jarielle Whitney – #13

Jarielle Whitney (#13) is a NYC based creative and is thrilled to be making her Lyric Stage debut. jariellewhitney.com. Shout-out to her ancestors, her tribe, and the most high!

A. Nora Long – Director

A. Nora Long (Director) returns to the Lyric Stage where she was formally the Associate Artistic Director for eight seasons and directed Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Murder for Two, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Dear Elizabeth, and assistant directed 33 Variations. Nora is one of the artistic directors for New Exhibition Room, a local fringe company that specializes in developing cheeky, ensemble-created new work. She has directed and led the creation of several projects with NXR including Shh!, an exploration on the role of censorship which was selected for the New York International Fringe Festival after a sold-out run in Boston; The Paper Bag Princess, an all-ages show, Midnight at the Last Night Cabaret and EEP! Show. Other recent and upcoming directing credits include The Roommate, The Clean House (Threshold Stage Company), Bare Stage (Festival Theatre), Cymbeline, Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprentice Program), Mr. Burns, After Miss Julie (Northeastern University), Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (Suffolk University), Noises Off!, Ruthless: the Musical! (Hackmatack Payhouse), Three (Boston Public Works), The Real Thing, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Bad Habit Productions), and Candyland (New Exhibition Room). She received her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Theatre and Italian.

Shelley Barish – Scenic Design

Shelley Barish (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after having designed Becky’s New Car, Dear Elizabeth, Mr. Burns, Murder  for Two, Camelot, and Hold These Truths. Recent Boston-area designs include The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company), Someone Who’ll Watch over Me,  Top Girls , The Real Thing (Bad Habit Productions), and EEP! Show (New Exhibition Room). Other design credits include The Addams Family, West Side Story, Cards On The Table, Newsies, Rough Crossing (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Boom!, Barefoot In The Park, Private Lives, Next Fall (Bristol Valley Theatre), Assassins (Eastman School of Music), and New Moon and HMS Pinafore (The Ohio Light Opera). She is a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at UMASS Lowell and received her M.F.A from Michigan State University. shelleybarish.com

Amanda Mujica – Costume Design

Amanda Mujica (Costume Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously designed Road Show, Stage Kiss, Intimate Apparel, and Mr Burns, a post-electric play. Recent theater productions include Really and An Octoroon (Company One), and Bootycandy (SpeakEasy Stage). She is a Boston-based freelance costume designer and seamstress. In addition to theater, she has designed for dance, film, and opera, most recently designing Odyssey Opera’s production of Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan. She earned a B.S. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. Love to Sydney and my daughter, Allegra, who are beyond GR9!  amandamujicadesign.com

Karen Perlow – Lighting Design

Karen Perlow** (Lighting Design) has been a Boston area designer for over 25 years. She returns to the Lyric Stage where favorite productions include Anna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Water by the Spoonful, My Name Is Asher Lev, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miss Witherspoon, Urinetown, the Musical, Dirty Blonde, and Lobby Hero. Earlier this season she designed Native Gardens (Merrimack Rep) and Fun Home (SpeakEasy Stage). She is a 3-time winner of the IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design (2009, 2007, 2002), and winner of the NYC SOLO Fest 2013 Award for Best Lighting Design.  Karen has taught Light Design at Northeastern and MIT. She currently teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages with the YMCA/ILC. Member USA 829. She also proudly serves as the treasurer of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF.org)

Elizabeth Cahill – Sound Design

Elizabeth Cahill (Sound Design) is returning to the Lyric Stage after designing Road Show, Camelot, and Warrior Class. Select credits include Small Mouth Sounds, Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage), Macbeth, Equivocation (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Familiar (A.R.T. Institute), Dark Room (Bridge Rep), Nomad Americana (Fresh Ink Theatre), The Magic Flute (New England Conservatory), The Revolutionists (The Nora), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Alligator Road (Greater Boston Stage Company), The Hotel Nepenthe, Hamlet (BrownBox Theatre Project), Time Stands Still (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), Cabaret, and tick,tick…BOOM! (Baldwin Wallace University). Upcoming: Photograph 51 at The Nora. Elizabeth is a mix engineer at ArtsEmerson. Emerson College B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology.

Olivia Levine – Soccer Consultant

Olivia Levine (Soccer Consultant) was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She began playing soccer at the age of five, and played competitively for several years. She has coached youths in both San Francisco and New York City. Olivia received her B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College, and has also trained at The Studio/NY, UCB, and RADA. Recent theatre credits include Honors Students (Wild Project NYC), Appropriate (Princeton Theatre), and Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility. Film credits include Tallulaholivia-levine.com

Cesara Walters – Props Artisan

Cesara Walters (Props Artisan) is a Boston-based theatre practitioner of many hats. Cesara received her B.A. at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London England and though she specializes in directing, stage management, and props design, she is also an experienced choreographer, make-up artist, and theatre educator having led theatrical workshops for the Charles River Creative Arts Program, the young company of Stoneham’s Greater Boston Stage Company, Watertown Children’s Theatre, Company One, and served as the Director of Education for the Brazos Valley Players’ 2011-2012 season.  In addition to serving as the Lyric Stage’s props designer for the 2018/2019 season, Cesara has also done props design for various productions with The HUB Theatre, The Greater Boston Stage Company, Company One, The Boston Circus Guild, Fresh Ink, and Boston Children’s Theatre. Recent directing credits include Justice or Mercy (La Clemenza Di Tito) with Promenade Opera Project and Vasilisa with Charles River School. Recent stage management credits include Hype Man, REVOLT. She Said. Revolt Again., The T Party (Company One), Edges (Arts After Hours)and Cirque of the Dead (Boston Circus Guild, 2017). Choreography credits include The King and I, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Jesus Christ Superstar (The Theatre Company, Texas). cesarawalters.com

Christina Mei Chen – Assistant Director / Understudy

Christina Mei Chen (Assistant Director/Understudy) is working at the Lyric Stage for the first time. This past fall, Christina made her Off-Broadway debut as Leslie in Flying Tigers Flying Away at the York Theatre Company and appeared as Blair in her original one-act play, A Fine Line at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Hair, The House of Bernarda Alba, and columbinus. Christina holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Northeastern University (’18), and trained at LAMDA and A.C.T. christinameichen.com

Diane McLean – Production Stage Manager

Diane McLean* (Production Stage Manager) returns to the Lyric Stage for her third season. She was PSM for this season’s The Roommate and last season’s Anna Christie, Road Show, and Souvenir. Other credits include Two Jews Walk into a War (New Rep), A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theater Company), Coriolanus, (Commonwealth Shakespeare). Diane has also stage managed at Hartford Stage Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theater Festival, The Kennedy Center, and Manhattan Theater Club. She received her M.F.A. in Stage Management from Boston University. Love to H and C.

Lauren J. Burke – Assistant Stage Manager

Lauren J. Burke* (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously worked on Orlando. Other credits include Actors’ Shakespeare Project, American Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Central Square Theatre, Brandeis University, Boston Opera Collaborative, North Shore Music Theatre, Harvard University, Suffolk University, Poets’ Theatre, Israeli Stage, and Boston Ballet. Lauren received her B.A. in Theatre from Suffolk University.

Tiffany Jieting Yu – Costume Assistant

Tiffany Jieting Yu (Costume Assistant) is working on her second Lyric Stage show after assisting with costumes for The Roommate. She will graduate this spring with a B.A. in English and Theatre from Northeastern University and intends to pursue costume design, scenic design, and playwrighting. Tiffany is currently the Costume Designer for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at Northeastern University. She is also the Artistic Director of the Reground Theatre Collective. For more information about the Reground Festival this spring, please email regroundtheatrecollective@gmail.com.

* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

Press & Reviews

“I think this will be one of the great plays of the century. Particularly, at this moment, with the national conversation around women, we are confronted with the limitations of the narrative of women in nontraditional roles.”

Teamwork, Teenage Girls and Lots of Drama Fuels A. Nora Long’s Latest Play | Exhale Lifestyle

“This is a once-in-a-generation kind of play…this will be a new American classic. Upon reading it, immediately the characters, the structure, the dramatic storytelling are just extraordinarily crafted. It’s pretty rare to be able to work on a play like this. The fact that it’s her first play – I think it’s just extraordinarily exciting for what’s next for her. The caliber of the writing and the craftsmanship of this play — it’s the “Death of A Salesman” of this generation, I think. It’s that remarkable.”

A Pack of Their Own :: A. Nora Long on ‘The Wolves’ | Edge Boston

“The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play.”

Here Are 11 Productions On Boston Area Stages We’re Excited To See This Winter | WBUR The ARTery

“On the Lyric’s thrust stage, behind a protective netting, DeLappe’s dialogue overlaps into a babble of voices out of which emerge unique moments of vulnerability, combined with lives rich with possibility.”

The Boston Globe Preview | The Boston Globe

“What’s most striking about “The Wolves” is that it takes its strong, budding personalities seriously even as it lays out the near-comical cacophony in their heads — fed by parents, politics, schoolwork, social media and a lifetime of shared pop-cultural reference.”

Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’ Successfully Creates A Team, Yet Honors The Self | WBUR

“Director Long and her cast do an uncommonly skillful job in capturing the self-consciousness, alternating with bravado, of the soccer players…  the nine actresses who play the girls at Lyric Stage rise admirably to the challenge of creating a group portrait while also differentiating themselves in a play that identifies characters only by number, not by name.”

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’ | The Boston Globe

“It’s about empowerment. It’s about sisterhood and support. It’s about life and death and everything in between. But most of all, through the intention of its playwright, as well as the vision of the director of the Lyric Stage production, it’s about seeing teenage girls as the intricate, sensitive, and complex people they are.”

Teenage Girls Depict Human Complexities in ‘The Wolves’ | Boston College The Heights

“What’s most striking about “The Wolves” is that it takes its strong, budding personalities seriously even as it lays out the near-comical cacophony in their heads — fed by parents, politics, schoolwork, social media and a lifetime of shared pop-cultural reference”

Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’ Successfully Creates A Team, Yet Honors The Self | WBUR The Artery

“The play finds a theatrical cadence in the speech of teenagers, rendered amusing and achingly real, and fleshes out a fully developed character for each girl… it is difficult to find a flaw in Lyric Stage’s impressive production of The Wolves which boasts a stellar all-female cast and creative team.”

Running with the wolf pack | The Tech

“The ensemble is a meld of incredible talent and, as much as each character is a well-defined person, the whole is great because of the sum of its parts. Like their team in the story, the actors work together in service of a goal that is unachievable if they fail to pull in unison… the chemistry and cohesiveness is striking.”

THE WOLVES: Empowered By The Pack | Broadway World

“As individuals and as a team, The Wolves are fierce. As a play and as a production, The Wolves is fierce. The Lyric’s U-shaped “stadium” seating offered great sight lines, a soccer net surrounding the artificial grass-covered stage kept errant passes from going into the audience and kept the young women on their own turf separate from intervening adults. In a post-performance talkback, Associate Artistic Director Courtney O’Connor, director A. Nora Long and several of the actors shared tidbits about the casting and rehearsal process.”

LYRIC’S ‘THE WOLVES’ A TITLE IX WINNER | The Theater Mirror

“With the familiar insecurities of adolescence coursing through their intertwined conversations, and rapidity the order of the day, the girls are much more real and far more dimensional than is often the case in other theatrical depictions. And while some of the topics may be predictable, none are mundane.”

‘The Wolves’ scores winning performance at Lyric | The Metro West Daily News

“The Wolves races with glee over the boundary lines of theater,” says Jared. “Unconventional both in telling and tales, it unfolds as fresh, inviting and eye-opening.”

Dramaturgy

Why³ with Director A. Nora Long | The Wolves

We sat down with Director A. Nora Long to learn what makes The Wolves one of the most impressive new plays in recent years! Why is this play important? There are few groups as universally-maligned as teenage girls. The vast majority of our pop culture representations portray them as vain, shallow, cruel, and vapid. Delappe affords us a nuanced, funny, thoughtful insight into…

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