The Wolves follows nine teenage girls–members of an indoor soccer team–as they warm up, engage in banter and one-upmanship, and fight battles big and small with one another 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 well?,” 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. A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine girls who just want to score some goals.
Rising Arts Productions is excited to be bringing this play to Wollongong off the back of the excitement of the Matilda’s success at the World Cup and look forward to an exiting piece of female-led theatre.
“Incandescent . . . The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play.” — New York Times.
“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 NY
“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.” – The Village Voice