Actors’ Theatre will be opening the play “Wolves,” by Sarah DeLappe at 8 p.m. April 18 at Spectrum Theatre.
Centering around the tribulations of a high school girl’s soccer team, it touches on subjects including abortion, race and the current political climate.
Clocking in around 90 minutes, “Wolves” offers the audience an intimate window into these very personal conversations which seem only able to exist within such context.
“This is a character driven piece, and the physical movement is driven by each cast member as they prepare for their games … and for life,” Director Shelly Urbane said. “Sarah DeLappe gives us very real, very natural dialogue so the audience gets to feel like a ‘fly on the wall.’
As is a major theme of “Wolves,” the fleeting nature of time, especially to a high school junior, is exemplified by an ambiguity towards specific names and a convoluted, yet rewarding ending.
In creating this open environment, “I was interested in creating a world where teenage girls could define themselves, as opposed to being defined by parents or boyfriends or the male gaze,” DeLappe said of her play. “They get to set the rules.”
The big questions lead to smaller battles while all seeming so obsolete with the final act, yet the play offers so much to those in attendance.
“I think these themes and messages should resonate with everyone as I’d like to think all of us have at least one strong, female-identifying person in our lives…or at least I hope everyone does,” Urbane said. “I also know that these characters appeal to female-identifying athletes as they can see themselves reflected on stage.”
“Wolves” runs from April 18 to April 20 and again from April 25 to April 27. All shows begin at 8 p.m. at The Spectrum Theatre. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for students and seniors.