The Wolves

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 vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
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The Wolves

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  • Aleks Merilo:
    15 Mar. 2020
    I saw this riveting production at ACT in Seattle. So few scripts accomplish the feat of creating genuine lives of teenagers, let alone teenage girls. Sarah DeLappe does this with a masterful ear for dialogue, and clever theatrical conventions - Young female characters identified only as their numbers hits the audience with a jolt of anxiety, melancholy, and compassion simultaneously. The dialogue of American youth is pure and deliberately unvarnished, and it is so impressive to see the how the characters are introduced in a manner that defies cliché and predictable characterizations. This script is a masterclass in ensemble playwriting.
  • Timothy Gadomski:
    15 Nov. 2019
    Was lucky enough to see this performed at U New Haven last night. What a great show! Relatable and important in every way. If you're looking for something that will bring you back to HS sports, make you laugh along the way, and shatter your heart at the end... This is the show to pick.
  • M.r. Fitzgerald:
    3 Jun. 2019
    I was fortunate enough to see The Wolves in production at Ohio University and experienced Delappe's electrifying and zesty dialogue being passed between the actors like a soccer ball first hand. I also deeply appreciate how the play begins as "all fun and games" until hardships and insecurities start building and building until, as in life, tragedy and hardship strike. The girls ban together, tear apart, laugh, cry, call each other "bitch" and tell each other "I love you" in this wild roller coaster back to adolescence and leaves the viewer amazed of how far we've come in our packs.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Great Plains Theater Conference
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    2015
  • Workshop
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    Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons Theater School
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
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    Bookshop Workshops
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
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Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
,
2016
Finalist
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Yale Drama Series Prize
,
2016
Winner
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Relentless Award
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The American Playwriting Foundation
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2015