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Presented through a special arrangement with New York City’s Samuel French, Inc., this March, Slipstream Theatre Initiative presents the second show of their fifth season: “The Wolves.”
“In this stunning Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Sarah DeLappe, nine girls warm up together before their U-17 soccer games over the course of six weeks. We are given a unique and honest opportunity to demystify the lives of the teenaged players as they compete, collaborate, argue and support each other on the way to Nationals,” write event organizers.
According to DeLappe herself, she said her motivation to write the play was to focus on the deep character development of the young women in the show, as is often overlooked in many similar characters in different mediums.
“I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings — as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people who weren’t just girlfriends or sex objects or manic pixie dream girls,” DeLappe said. “But who were athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who were trying actively to figure out who they were in this changing world around them.””
In the performance DeLappe doesn’t only focus on the players’ triumphs, but ensures to include their adolescent tragedies “while authentically capturing the heart of juvenile relationships in all their glorious complexity,” organizers write.
“The Wolves” was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist and the NYC production won an Obie Ensemble Award, highlighting the work of the cast’s presentation of those themes.
It’s also won a “a special Drama Desk Award for its acting ensemble, and was nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama League awards for Best Play, as well as for the Outer Critics’ Circle John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play,” organizers wrote. “It also received the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Drama Series Prize.”
The show is directed by Luna Alexander and featuring an all-female cast of women ranging from high school to graduate school.
“The Wolves gives us a glimpse into the lives of contemporary young women and the drive that that makes them into warriors,” organizers said. “The cast includes Alex ‘Cookie’ Isenberg as No. 11, Kate Martinez as No. 25, Tiaja Sabrie as No. 13, Annie Dilworth as No. 46, Danielle Wright as No. 2, Grace Jolliffe as No. 7, Isabella Weissman as No. 14, Kim Alley as No. 8, Claire Jolliffe as No. 00 and Jennifer Jolliffe as the soccer mom.”
TAGLINE This production includes som strong language and runs through Sunday, March 24. Shows will run Thursdays (3rd and 4th weekends only), Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 The Slipstream Theater is located at 460 Hilton in Ferndale. Find out more online at slipstreamti.com/currentproduction.