by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Nell Bang-Jensen
Costume Design by Maiko Matsushima
Sound Design & Original Music by Jane Shaw
Director of Photography Chris Swetcky
“And the good news…is that pandemic productions as fine as these will keep shattering audiences until they can reassemble to confront live theater again.” – Jesse Green, New York Times
90 minutes, no intermission
If you purchased a ticket on Dec. 20th, you have until the 22nd to watch!
Meet nine young women from a competitive high school soccer team. It’s just a few weeks until nationals and the pressure is on. Relatable and resilient, this pack of adolescent warriors will push and train for their games, while also navigating a growing understanding of their complicated world. 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
Designers who worked on our canceled stage production are:
Scenic Design by Carolyn Mraz
Lighting Design by Mike Inwood
Honorary Executive Producer
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR
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 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
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
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.
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.
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 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
Iraisa Ann Reilly is a Jersey-born, New York-based theatre artist with artistic roots in Philadelphia. She recently appeared in PTC’S virtual production of Day’s of Re-Creation commissioned by Live & In Color. Selected Acting Credits: 154 Revisited (Revolution Shakespeare), Water By The Spoonful (South Camden Theatre Company), The 12 Dates of Christmas (Cape May Stage), A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia (written and performed for Solow Fest). Writing: Good Cuban Girls (Teatro Del Sol). Left Midfield for Holy Spirit High School’s Women’s Soccer Team. B.A. Univ. of Notre Dame. MFA (Dramatic Writing) NYU (’21). Thanks to PTC for this opportunity, and as always, mi familia. iraisaannreilly.com
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Chris Swetcky (he/him) is the Assistant Professor of Technical Theatre and Technical Director at Penn State, Before coming to Penn State, Chris worked for American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Associate Technical Director. While at A.R.T. Chris worked on numerous productions, world premieres, and several Broadway hits, including Porgy and Bess, Pippin, All the Way, and most recently Finding Neverland. Chris received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Fairfield University and then went on to earn his M.F.A. in Technical Design and Production from Yale University?s School of Drama. Chris’s primary area of research is focused in automation and electronic control systems, and in theatrical machinery, including motors, hydraulics, and pneumatics. Chris is a proud member of United States Institute for Theatre Technicians (USITT).
Josh Samuels (Sound Editor) is a New York City-based sound designer creating work that is immersive, engaging, and unexpected. His work has been heard on Broadway, Off Broadway, in regional theatres, concert stages, headphones, and front porches across the country. He one day aspires to own a dog, but has settled for an apartment full of guitars and synthesizers. Proud member of USA 829, and the TSDCA. He holds a degree in theatrical design from Ithaca College.
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 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), Assassins, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Petrified Forest, Church and State, Fiorello!, Constellatio
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.
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
World premiere produced by The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Artistic Director | Roberta Pereira, Producing Director) on
September 8, 2016 and remounted on December 5, 2016 by special arrangement with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.
Originally presented by New York Stage and Film and Vassar in the Powerhouse Season, 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.
Winner of the 2016 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize at
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA
Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director; Keri Kellerman, Managing Director
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater,
New York City, 2017
“The Wolves” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com