The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe Oct. 26–30 and Nov. 1–3 in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. All performances begin at 7 p.m. with the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 28. A post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team follows each performance. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults.
A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the third most-produced play in the country last season, “The Wolves” centers on an elite high school soccer team. The production follows the development of relationships among nine young women during a series of soccer game warm-ups. According to Dr. Paulette Marty, the play’s director and professor of theatre arts, it shows “a slice of daily life” for the team.
“The intimacy of the space and the personal nature of the subject matter allows the audience to feel like flies on the wall, watching people interacting naturally with each other in their everyday environment,” said Marty.
“The Wolves,” which premiered in 2016, also expresses the constant pressures put on young women to perform and achieve in today’s society. The students on the team, all juniors in high school, explore their own issues — from family matters to personal health to confronting the constant pressure to achieve.
The 90-minute play purposefully coincides with the length of a standard soccer game, and is performed without an intermission. According to Marty, the actors also trained extensively as part of the rehearsal process.
“Since the characters are elite athletes, the actors have to look the part,” she shared. “During the action of the play, they do actual soccer drills and a rigorous warm-up created by Austin Pack, the fitness teacher at Two Rivers Community School who is acting as a consultant on the production.”
To purchase tickets, call the Schaefer Center box office toll free at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or visit the Department of Theatre and Dance website at theatreanddance.appstate.edu.I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on campus near Roess Dining Hall. The entrance is on the first floor of I.G. Greer Hall and faces Founders Hall. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.
About the Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance is one of seven departments housed in Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and the public, which cultivate compassionate, creative and collaborative communities through theatre and dance. The department also offers coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Its dynamic co-curricular production program provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls over 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.