by Sarah DeLappe

directed by Nell Bang-Jensen
Scenic Design by Carolyn Mraz
Costume Design by Maiko Matsushima
Lighting Design by Mike Inwood
Sound Design by Jane Shaw
Assistant Director Rebecca Posner

April 10 – May 3, 2020
90 minutes, no intermission

Nine young women from a competitive high school soccer team.  It’s just a few weeks until nationals.  Known simply by their jersey numbers, they push and train for their games while also navigating the trials and tribulations of their fast-changing lives. From Harry Potter to the Khmer Rouge, from ambition to abortion, The Wolves is about life, love, and loss on and off the Astroturf.

Parental discretion is advised for strong language and themes. Recommended for 12+.

*Kilroys List 2015
WINNER 2017 Obie Award for Best Ensemble
FINALIST 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
WINNER 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Best NY Theater of the Decade

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR

SARAH DELAPPE, PLAYWRIGHT
NELL BANG-JENSEN, DIRECTOR
SARAH DELAPPE, PLAYWRIGHT

Sarah’s critically acclaimed play The Wolves (The Playwrights Realm/NY Stage & Film/Lincoln Center Theater) was a co-winner of the Relentless Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Yale Drama Series Prize. It is currently slated for over 50 productions worldwide. Other honors include the Page One Fellowship at the Playwrights Realm and the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize.  Fellowships and developmental support include The MacDowell Colony, The Ground Floor, LCT3 Playwright in Residence, Ars Nova Play Group, Clubbed Thumb, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Sitka Fellows Program. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.

NELL BANG-JENSEN, DIRECTOR

is a Philadelphia-based director and creator and the newly appointed Artistic Director of Theatre Horizon.  She previously served as Associate Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company and Artistic Associate of the Wilma. Her passion for making art outside of the usual theatrical circles guides much of her original work. The Caregivers  premiered at Pig Iron last year and was made with Philadelphians who work as home health aides and hospice workers. Her upcoming Boy Project, a play made with 12-15 year old boys about masculinity, will premiere at FringeArts in May as part of the High Pressure Fire Service Festival and was awarded a 2019 National MAP Fund grant.   Nell is the recipient of a Next Stage Director’s Fellowship from the Drama League (2019), a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2012), and a participant in Theatre Communication Group’s  Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group; a national fellowship given to individuals TCG believes are the core and future of theater.  Nell is also a Co-Founder of HATCH, an arts residency in Harrisville, New Hampshire providing female-identifying and non-binary artists with  time and space to create new theater. Graduate Swarthmore College, New Georges Affiliated Artist and a proud member of SDC.

MEET THE CAST OF THE WOLVES

MICHELLE TSAI (#00)
HANNA GAFFNEY (#7)
MARGARET MORGAN (#8)
DONOVAN LOCKETT (#11)
ANNIKA COWLES (#13)
ANNETTE HAMMOND (#14)
EMMA LENDERMAN (#46)
ALISON ORMSBY (#2)
TORI LEWIS (#25)
LEAH WALTON (Soccer Mom)
MICHELLE TSAI (#00)

Off-Broadway: Comfort Women (Playwrights Horizons). NYC: Anya/Irina in Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (Medicine Show Theater); Isabelle in Amour, Brigadoon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brianna in Good Kids (NYU); Cabaret (Uproar Theatre Corp.). Regional: Taming of the Shrew and Soundpainting: This is All Very True (Powerhouse Theatre). Education: NYU (B.M. in vocal performance and math, currently studying physics). Special thanks to her family, friends, teachers, and bird. michelle-tsai.com, IG @michellelikesbirds

HANNA GAFFNEY (#7)

Hanna is so pleased to be making her PTC debut with this wonderful cast! Regional credits include Nancy in Oliver (Barrymore Nominated) and One Man Two Guvnors (Quintessence Theatre Group), Little Red Robin Hood: Panto (People’s Light), Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company, Big Red Sun (11th Hour), Fishskin Trousers  (Inis Nua Theatre Company), Ragtime (Eagle Theatre). Proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point BFA Acting Program. Much love to my sweet Sir Lancelot. HannaGaffney.com @hgaff862.

MARGARET MORGAN (#8)

is a New York-based actor originally from Waterford, Michigan. She is thrilled to be a part of a show about female friendship! Select credits include: The Winter’s Tale (Indianapolis Shakespeare Company), …A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and The Great God Pan. Margaret received her BFA in Acting from Ball State University. Love to Mom, Dad, Zachary and Elliott.

DONOVAN LOCKETT (#11)

proudly hails from New Orleans but has made Philly her artistic home! Selected credits: Significant Other (Mauckingbird Theatre Co); All’s Well That Ends Well (PAC); Troilus & Cressida (Revolution Shakespeare); Measure for Measure (Scranton Shakespeare); White (Theatre Horizon); A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); Oedipus (Hangar Theatre); Trigger Warning (Prime Theatre Syndicate). To all my POC and those working to tackle oppressive power structures. BFA: Ithaca College. donovanlockett.com

ANNIKA COWLES (#13)

Annika is so stoked and thankful to be making her professional debut in PTC’s production of The Wolves. Annika recently received her BFA in acting from UARTS (’19). Love to my family, friends, and this amazing team for their continuous love and support!! Check out annikacowles.com

ANNETTE HAMMOND (#14)

Annette is a New York-based actor and teaching artist.  She has acted on stage regionally and in NYC, helping to devise new work, as well as appearing in numerous short films. Recent credits: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Circle Mirror Transformation, Core Values (Mile Square Theatre); HEYDAYS (Brouhaha Theatre Project); Ed & Mo (Dixon Place). BFA: University of Miami. www.annettehammond.info

EMMA LENDERMAN (#46)

Emma is a 2019 graduate of the Texas State Musical Theatre Program. Regional: A Doll’s House Part 2 (Emmy) at NC Stage, The World According to Snoopy (Patty/Sally us) at TUTS. TXST: Ragtime (Emma Goldman), A Chorus Line (Judy). As always, for Mom, Dad, and Mom Mom. Extra special gratitude and love to the ladies of the HFC ’96 white team and the JV Asheville High School women’s soccer team of 2011.

ALISON ORMSBY (#2)

Alison Ormsby is elated to be making her PTC debut in The Wolves! It is a true favorite story of hers and she is overjoyed at the opportunity to tell it with her fellow teammates. Alison is a recent graduate from the University of the Arts (2018) and National Theater Institute (Fall 2017). Recent credits include: SHIP (Azuka Theater), Boycott Esther (Azuka Theater), This Is On Record (Applied Mechanics), and Now More Than Ever (Philadelphia Fringe). Currently, she is assistant directing The Boy Project which will run at FringeArts this spring. She would like to thank the team at PTC, friends, and family for their loving support.

TORI LEWIS (#25)

Tori Lewis is very excited to be making her PTC debut in The Wolves ! She is a local Philly-based actor and teaching artist. Credits include: People’s Light (Cinderella, Little Red Robin Hood, Aladdin), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Les Misérables, Pericles, Rapunzel, Hamlet), Delaware Theatre Company (Honk!). Training: DeSales University. Instagram: @tori_a_dor

LEAH WALTON (Soccer Mom)

Off-Broadway:  Ars Nova with Berzerker Residents. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, InterAct, Theatre Horizon, Lantern Theatre, Pig Iron, Montgomery Theatre, 11th Hour, Orbiter 3, among others. Philadelphia Barrymore Award: Three-time nominee, and recipient 2015 Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at University of the Arts. Training: National Theatre Institute, Moscow Art Theatre, Michael Chekhov Association, MFA Temple University. www.leah-walton.com

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

CAROLYN MRAZ, Scenic Design
MAIKO MATSUSHIMA, Costume Design
MIKE INWOOD, Lighting Design
JANE SHAW, Sound Design
MATTHEW ROACH, Soccer Consultant
SHELBY NORTH, Stage Manager
Elizabeth Hicks, Assistant Stage Manager
REBECCA POSNER, Assistant Director
CAROLYN MRAZ, Scenic Design

Carolyn is a Brooklyn-based designer. Favorite designs include: Spaceman (Loading Dock), I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), and Porgy and Bess (Spoleto Festival USA). Carolyn is an associated artist of Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, and the Detroit-based A Host of People. She teaches at the UArts, where she designed Guys and Dolls and The Elementary SpaceTime Show. Carolyn is an Oberlin College alum with an MFA in design from NYU/Tisch.

MAIKO MATSUSHIMA, Costume Design

is a Japan-born, Philadelphia-based visual artist, costume/scenic designer and theater faculty at Bryn Mawr College.  Her designs have been seen at Philadelphia’s The Wilma Theater, Arden, BalletX, Headlong, Pig Iron Theater Co. as well as Broadway productions such as Spring Awakening, Radio Golf, Lestat, Assassins, Good Body and Pacific Overtures as an associate costume designer.  After working as a theatrical designer in Tokyo, NYC and regional theaters around the U.S. for over two decades, Matsushima is now joined with David Brick, a co-founder of Headlong, in creating publicly engaged art. Their most recent collaboration was The Quiet Circus, http://thequietcircus.com/ a 15-month residency at the  Washington Avenue Green.

MIKE INWOOD, Lighting Design

Mike is happy return to PTC, where he previously designed the lighting for Small Mouth Sounds and Rizzo. Mike’s designs have been seen in New York (Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, BAM, Ars Nova, Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, The New Ohio), Philadelphia (The Arden Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Opera, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Theater Horizon, FringeArts, Lantern Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, People’s Light), and regionally (Boston Lyric Opera, Long Wharf, The Magic Theatre, Portland Opera, Perseverance Theatre). Awards: 2010 Emmy Award (NBC Sports – Vancouver Winter Olympics), 2009 J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, Barrymore nominee (Peter and the Starcatcher). www.mikeinwood.com

JANE SHAW, Sound Design

Ms. Shaw has designed approximately 250 productions ranging from devised dance pieces to new play premieres. In New York City her design and composition work includes The Killer, Measure for Measure (Theater for a New Audience), Actually (MTC/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons/ Drama Desk Nomination), Ironbound (Rattlestick, Women’s Project), and numerous productions at the Mint and the Pearl. Regional designs include work at the Cleveland Play House (Shakespeare in Love, The Crucible); Hartford Stage (Seder, Comedy of Errors, Rear Window); Cincinnati Playhouse and Milwaukee Rep (Jane Eyre); Triad Stage, Capital Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center, Asolo Rep, Northern Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival and Dorset Theater Festival. International touring includes Merce Cunningham, Baryshnikov Productions, and Wind Up Bird Chronicles. Ms Shaw is a founding board member of TSDCA – Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, and currently serves as the co-Secretary and Newsletter editor. Recipient: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, NEA/TCG Career Development Program, Henry Award, Premios ACE 2012 Award, Bessie.   Nominations: Lortel, Henry Hewes, Eliot Norton. Graduate: Harvard College, Yale School of Drama. She was born in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.

MATTHEW ROACH, Soccer Consultant

Matthew Roach is the Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach and English Department Chair at The Peddie School, in Hightstown, New Jersey. A former all-state goalkeeper in Delaware, Matthew has won 4 Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) titles as a high school soccer coach. In 2016, he earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, where he specifically focused on Shakespearean and American Theatre. He is thrilled to be a part of this production.

SHELBY NORTH, Stage Manager

Shelby is delighted to be back at the Philadelphia Theatre Company! She is a Philly based Stage Manager whose previous credits include Christmas Carol, Outside Mullingar (Delaware Theatre Company), Antony and Cleopatra, Private Lives (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), The Bridges of Madison County (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Oliver! (Quintessence Theatre Group), Ghost (Alliance Theatre), AssassinsFather Comes Home from the Wars (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Petrified ForestChurch and State, Fiorello!Constellations, and Million Dollar Quartet (Berkshire Theatre Group). Shelby is a graduate of Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Stage Management. Love and thanks to Matt and her family!

Elizabeth Hicks, Assistant Stage Manager

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REBECCA POSNER, Assistant Director

is a theatre artist living in Philadelphia. She has developed new works with Collapsible Giraffe, Pig Iron, POP Art Theatre in South Africa, and as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival of Johannesburg, the Rough Draft Festival in New York, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Rebecca holds an MFA in devised performance from UARTS/Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

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