By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Vanessa Stalling
A Chicago Premiere
February 9 – March 11, 2018 in the Owen
The Wolves is an unconventional exploration of the pitfalls of friendship and coming maturity, as seen through the struggles of a girls’ athletic team. In this “incandescent portrait of an indoor soccer team” (The New York Times), nine teenage girls stretch, train, and argue about everything from the meaningful to the mundane as they try to make sense of the world from the relative safety of their suburban patch of AstroTurf. Infused with the raw jagged energy of adolescence, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals.
Vanessa Stalling, Director
VANESSA STALLING returns to Goodman Theatre, where she was the 2016 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, during which she directed the New Stages Festival performance of Kirsten Greenidge’s And Moira Spins and the Playwrights Unit reading of Jenni Lamb’s Messina. Most recently, Ms. Stalling adapted and directed United Flight 232 from Laurence Gonzales’ Flight 232 for The House Theatre of Chicago, which won Jeff Awards for Best Production – Play - Midsize and Ensemble, and was included in Chicago Tribune’s “Top 10 Productions in 2016.” Her upcoming productions include Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre. Ms. Stalling is also known for her work as an artist of Redmoon Theater. While at Redmoon, she enjoyed performing, directing and serving as associate artistic director. Redmoon directing credits include a remount of The Cabinet (which toured Brazil as part of the FILO Festival), Winter Pageant, Princess Club, Twilight Orchard and roaming performances for President Obama’s White House Halloween Celebrations. She greatly enjoyed her time as Stalling is also an instructor at Columbia College and University of Chicago.
Sarah DeLappe, Playwright
SARAH DELAPPE Ms. DeLappe’s play The Wolves (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Great Plains Theater Conference) was a recipient of the American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award and a finalist for the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been a resident artist at Sitka Fellows Program and SPACE on Ryder Farm and was a 2016/2017 Page One playwright at the Playwrights Realm. An alum of Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group, she is currently a member of the Ars Nova Play Group and the New Georges Audrey Residency. She received an EST/Sloan commission and a spot on The Kilroys' 2015 List. She is working toward her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College.