THE WOLVES Plays Free Matinee Today Off-Broadway for #RealmFanDay
In response to popular demand, The Playwrights Realm, by arrangement with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, have announced two additional matinee performances of The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's debut play at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project, today and tomorrow, December 28 and 29 at 3pm.
In celebration of the The Playwrights Realm's 10th anniversary and to thank the community of fans, all tickets to today's December 28 matinee are free in an all-access, appreciation event the Company is calling #RealmFanDay.
"After another record-breaking run, the world premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is coming to an end on December 29," says The Playwrights Realm Producing Director Roberta Pereira. "But before we go, we were able to add two matinee performances. And what better way to celebrate the remarkable beginning of The Realm's 10th Anniversary season than by partnering with TodayTix to give away all the tickets to the December 28 matinee during #RealmFanDay? Expect an afternoon of great theater and a few surprises to thank the incredible community that has helped us support early-career playwrights over the past decade."
"We're thrilled to be a part of The Playwrights Realm's #RealmFanDay celebration," said Merritt Baer, CEO and Co-Founder of TodayTix. "Increasing access to theatre is at the core of our mission, and we're grateful that The Playwrights Realm is providing an additional opportunity to attend this sold-out production via the free mobile Lottery."
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 Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
The Wolves is directed by Lila Neugebauer and features an all-female cast featuring Kate Arrington, Susannah Perkins, Lauren Patten (Fun Home), Jenna Dioguardi, Tedra Millan, Sarah Mezzanotte, Brenna Coates, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis and Lizzy Jutila. The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (set design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design), and Stowe Nelson & Beth Lake (sound design). Casting by Telsey + Company, William Cantler, CSA & Karyn Casl, CSA.
DeLappe's award-winning debut play makes a triumphant return to The Realm's new home for their 2016-17 season, The Duke on 42nd Street. The Wolves now runs through tomorrow, December 29, at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 W 42nd Street, Manhattan).
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 cornerstone 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 Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater 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.
Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves 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 (all at Signature Theatre). Recent directing: Miles for Mary (The Mad Ones at The Bushwick Starr), Albee's The Sandbox, Fornes' Drowning, and Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro (as an evening), 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 Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, 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.
The Duke on 42nd Street is an intimate black-box performance space in the heart of the theater district, which is available for rental to both nonprofit and commercial organizations. Featuring a gallery along all four walls and a custom, state-of-the-art seating system. The Duke on 42nd Street is a fully-staffed facility that offers full light, sound, and support systems in various configurations. Some performing arts companies have called The Duke on 42nd Street their home, including Primary Stages, Transport Group, Theatre for a New Audience and Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, while other acclaimed companies have performed on its stage, including The Royal Court Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Armitage Gone! Dance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Theater of Great Britain.
Photo Credit: Daniel J. Vasquez