WOLFCRUSH (a queer werewolf play)

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White Coon County, Virginia is about as terrible as it sounds: there’s a (Super) WALMART, a swamp, a dozen churches, so many guns, and acres and acres of farmland. Nothing much ever happens here, until the livestock starts getting slaughtered. Slaughtered by something big: big and mean.

The Mayor’s never dealt with a crisis like this and he’s...
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White Coon County, Virginia is about as terrible as it sounds: there’s a (Super) WALMART, a swamp, a dozen churches, so many guns, and acres and acres of farmland. Nothing much ever happens here, until the livestock starts getting slaughtered. Slaughtered by something big: big and mean.

The Mayor’s never dealt with a crisis like this and he’s offering WalMart gift cards for answers; the Detective is getting investigative tips by watching Law and Order SVU marathons; the Principal is snorting lots of coke; and to make matters worse: Billy Wilkerson (an outstanding student of White Coon County High School) has gone missing.

Junyce is new and the prime suspect because she punched Billy in the face on her first day. Or maybe Kyle, the ex-girlfriend, is involved? Or is it Huck, Kyle’s new jock-boyfriend? Or could it be Beecher, Billy’s shy study partner? Junyce, Kyle, Huck, and Beecher aren’t concerned with Billy. They’ve got bigger fish to fry (or in this case: bigger wolves to hunt?). The teens keep secretly sneaking off to the woods. What are they doing in the woods? And what is slaughtering the cows? And where the hell is Billy?

WOLFCRUSH is a queer full moon fever dream about cannibalism, werewolves, small-towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
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WOLFCRUSH (a queer werewolf play)

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    28 Apr. 2020
    A wildly theatrical piece with an extremely human heart beating throughout. I love the pastiche of horror-satire-fantasy-coming-of-age-dramedy that this play lives within. The world is mindblowing, eclectic, cohesive, and fully-realized. Walker pointedly uses the thread of werewolf mythology to explore coming of age, identity discovery, shame, desire, and the push-pull of repressing or realizing those overwhelming forces in a limiting society. I flew through this in one sitting--it is hi-LARIOUS, sexy, horrifying, and poignant at key moments. I loved seeing Junyce/Kyle and Huck/Beecher as two different models for coping with these desires and internal conflicts. An amazing piece!
  • Elaina Di Monaco:
    17 Dec. 2019
    WOLFCRUSH is a queer-millennial-horror-fever-dream. This play is expertly crafted, while still feeling wild, messy, and dangerous. These characters are everyone you went to high school with, loved/hated, and fucked. Sharp, quick-witted dialogue and deeply entrenched themes make this sexy play hit hard in the end, after laughing and gasping your way through it. Both suspenseful & hilarious– I'd like to see this one on more stages ASAP.
  • Kullen Burnet:
    17 Nov. 2019
    This play gives me a lycanthropic Tennessee Williams meets an alternate dimension Degrassi The Next Generation through a queer POC John Waters storm cloud vibe. There is something bluntly satiric, painfully awkward, and brutally emphatic about all the teens in this piece that it made my heart howl with recognition. Loved this to the moon and back!

Development History

  • Residency
    ,
    Playwrights' Center
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    ON THE ROCKS
    ,
    2018

Awards

Honorable Mention
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The Relentless Award
,
American Playwriting Foundation
,
2018