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Logline: A Korean boy is ushered into a new house by his adopted American father. This new house belongs to an American boxer and her wife. American father un-adopts boy by a sin-gle signature on a piece of paper. But just before he leaves the new house, ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has "re-homed" his ex-son to, is a lesbian couple. American Ex-father spends the rest of the play trying to get the boy back. In his corner is Ryan, the Boxer's coach, and Wife's brother. The boy is actually not a real boy. He is a puppet. The puppeteer is the Emcee of the evening, and spinner of the night’s tale: a lone wolf who slips in and out of the story as is needed. Yes, the puppeteer is a wolf. At least he believes that he is. Because wolves are a god figure in many Eastern myths, a frequent villain in many Western tales and biologically famous for their adherence to pack mentality.
Cis-male/male-presenting/transmasculine/masculine-of-center, ageless, of East Asian descent. Is a child who believes he is a wolf, he is also a wolf, and he is also right here in the audience with us - he guides us by the hand. WOLF has ferocity, but is also deeply sensitive. Mercurial. Mischievous. Captivating. Dynamic and agile: physically, vocally, emotionally. Skill and ease with direct address. He holds tightly to his imagination, so tightly it may snap at any moment (and eventually it does). This actor also puppeteers the physical object who represents the child, Jeenu.
Cis-female, mid 30s-early 40s. Any ethnicity except East Asian. Is a married, queer woman who reluctantly adopts a re-homed child from the internet. She hopes and believes this child is the final puzzle piece to complete her idealized family picture. Nurturing. Motherly. Diligent. Eager. Overwhelming desire to feel loved. ROBIN is willing to make great sacrifices and fight tooth-and-nail to keep her family together, often at the expense of her own well-being.
Cis-female, late 20s-early 30s. Any ethnicity except East Asian. Is ROBIN’s wife blindsided by a surprise adoption. She is a professional southpaw boxer deep into her training for a career-defining fight. Di-rect. No-nonsense. Matter-of-fact. Gutsy. Beneath a rough exterior—that she doesn’t have to work to show—beats a mighty heart capable of profound love. Her steady assurance dizzies when she suddenly finds herself at a life-changing crossroads. This role requires a great deal of specialized physicality/fight choreography.
Cis-male, late 20s-mid 30s, younger than ROBIN. Any ethnicity except East Asian. Is ROBIN’s straight younger biological brother and also ASH’s boxing trainer. He is physically strong, takes up a lot of space, and is highly reactive. His charm, boyishness, and inviting allure allows him to get away with things he probably shouldn’t. Eventually, his impulsive self-serving audacity gets him (and everyone) into deep shit.
Cis-male, mid 30s. Any ethnicity except East Asian. Is a straight, married father who re-homes his child to a new family. He tries to do his best, even though he is unsure what “best” is. Bookish. Tradition-al. Shrinking. Sinking. A wet dishrag: limp unless wound up and snapped—and then it stings. He grows a backbone by the end of the story, but it’s tender and likely to crack. The actor should have a keen sense of comedic timing, even clown.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.