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Sarah DeLappe's THE WOLVES Extends Off-Broadway

Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Roberta Pereira, extends the world premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves to September 29.

Directed by Lila Neugebauer and featuringa company of ten female actors - Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Lauren Patten (Fun Home), and Susannah Perkins ­- DeLappe's award-winning debut play will run until September 29 at The Realm's new home for the season The Duke on 42nd Street.

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. An all 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. The Wolvesis a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American teens who just want to score some goals.

The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (set design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), and Stowe Nelson & Beth Lake (sound design).

Performances of The Wolves will now run August 29-September 29 (see above schedule). This is a limited extension announcement, must close September 29. Tickets range from $40 to $60 with extension pre-sale exclusively for The Playwrights Realm donors beginning Wednesday, September 21, and general sale beginning Thursday, September 22. To gain access to pre-sale, visit www.playwrightsrealm.org/donate. For tickets starting on September 22, visit dukeon42.org or call 646-223-3010. For more details visit playwrightsrealm.org.

The Wolves was a shared recipient of the First Annual Relentless Award, presented in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the largest cash prize awarded in American Theater. Despite working on commissions from the Sloan Foundation, Playwrights Horizons, Studio Theater in D.C. and participating in New Georges Audrey residency, The Wolves marks DeLappe's Off-Broadway debut and first professional production.

DeLappe began writing The Wolves in the summer of 2014 after attending the New Museum's exhibition "Here & Elsewhere" after being struck by the great distance between the ordinary daily experience of suburban young Americans and their counterparts in other countries - most of the artists featured were from the Middle East, including Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. The Wolves captures these young women attempting to digest their ideas of world history, while in the same breath, coming to terms with the reality of their changing adolescent bodies. DeLappe's razor sharp rendering of female adolescence challenges the tired, media peddled stereotypes.

About the play DeLappe says,"These women are warriors. Each scene is a warm-up for a soccer game: they're a troop preparing for battle."

Over the past decade, The Playwrights Realm has continually produced work by brave new voices and worked to introduce new initiatives to expand its commitment to providing holistic support to playwrights as they strive to make a life in the arts. Delappe is The Realm's 2016-17 Page One Resident Playwright, a corner stone of The Realm's services, for which one playwright receives a $10,000 stipend, health insurance, internal readings, travel and professional development funds, theater tickets, and a fully stocked desk in The Realm's offices. The approach is designed to allow a playwright the physical and mental time, space, and resources to take a meaningful step forward in their career.

The Wolves was part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar's Powerhouse Theatre Season in Summer 2016. Playwrights Horizons Theater School produced a workshop of The Wolves in 2015 in association with Clubbed Thumb, where the play had been developed previously.

Casting by Telsey + Company, William Cantler, CSA & Karyn Casl, CSA.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Theater School) was a recipient of the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award. The Wolves was also a finalist for the 2016 Yale Drama Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Sarah has been a resident artist at Sitka Fellows Program and SPACE on Ryder Farm. An alum of Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, she is currently a member of Ars Nova Play Group and the New Georges Audrey Residency. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, the Studio Theater, and EST / Sloan Foundation. MFA: in progress at Brooklyn College. BA: Yale.

Lila Neugebauer. Upcoming: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Everybody and Annie Baker's The Antipodes (both at Signature Theatre). Recent directing: Albee's The Sandbox, Fornes' Drowning, and Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro (as an evening at Signature Theatre), Kill Floor (Lincoln Center Theater), The Wayside Motor Inn (Drama Desk Nomination, Signature Theatre), Mike Bartlett's An Intervention (Williamstown), Amy Herzog's After The Revolution and 4000 Miles (Baltimore Center Stage), Zoe Kazan's Trudy and Max in Love and Eliza Clark's Future Thinking (South Coast Rep), Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo (Studio Theatre), Dan LeFranc's Troublemaker (Berkeley Rep), Partners and O Guru Guru Guru (2014, 2013 Humana Festivals), Annie Baker's The Aliens (San Francisco Playhouse, Studio Theatre), The Valley of Fear (Williamstown), and Associate Directing Karen O's Stop The Virgens (St. Ann's Warehouse, Sydney Opera House). As co-artistic director of The Mad Ones, Neugebauer conceives and directs ensemble-devised work, including Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (Ars Nova, New Ohio Theatre) and The Essential Straight and Narrow (New Ohio Theatre). She is an alumna of the Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre member, New Georges Affiliated Artist and a Princess Grace Award recipient.

The Playwrights Realm is devoted to supporting early career playwrights along the journey of playwriting, helping them to hone their craft, fully realize their vision and build meaningful artistic careers. To serve this mission, The Playwrights Realmprovides comprehensive support to playwrights through its Page One Residency,Alumni Playwrights Program, Writing Fellows Residency, and, of course, productions. Previous productions by The Realm include Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners, Anna Ziegler's A Delicate Ship, Anton Dudley's City Of, Elizabeth Irwin's My Mañana Comes, Lauren Yee's The Hatmaker's Wife, Ethan Lipton's Red-Handed Otter, Jen Silverman's Crane Story, Gonzalo Rodríguez Risco's Dramatis Personae, Christopher Wall's Dreams of the Washer King, Anna Ziegler's Dov and Ali, and Anton Dudley's Substitution.




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