The Franklin College Theatre Department will present the play The Wolves at 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. All performances will be in Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, located at the corner of Branigin Blvd. and Grizzly Drive.
The Wolves, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016, follows a women’s indoor soccer team as they go through a series of warm-up and practice sessions, and its members navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The play is described as a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Audience discretion is advised as The Wolves includes mature themes and content.
The production is the third of a series of four plays performed at Franklin College during the 2019-20 academic year, all written by female playwrights, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote.
Playwright Sarah DeLappe attended Yale University to pursue acting, but became frustrated by always being cast in the same role: the ingénue. During her junior year she was inspired to try something different. She enrolled in a playwriting class with Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and the chair of the playwriting department at Yale. The class allowed DeLappe to write the characters that had been lacking for her on stage. Soon, she abandoned acting and focused on playwriting. After graduating from Yale, she attended Brooklyn College, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in playwriting.
Nicolas Crisafulli, assistant professor of fine arts and theatre at Franklin College, will direct the play. Crisafulli earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and political science from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis. He joined the Franklin College faculty in 2009, after serving as a graduate instructor at the University of Memphis. He is a resident of Franklin.
General admission is $12. Admission is $8 for students and seniors (55 and older). Franklin College students, faculty and staff will receive free admission with a valid Franklin College ID. To reserve tickets, email tickets@FranklinCollege.edu or call (317) 738-8029 or (800) 852-0232, ext. 8029. Please claim reservations ten minutes before the performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.
Because the play stars a women’s indoor soccer team, the roles are referred to by their numbers, not their names. The cast and crew for the production includes:
Mackenzie Black, daughter of Ms. Karen Huntington of Versailles, will play the part of #25.
Marian Case, daughter of Jeffrey Case of Woodland Hills, CA, and Theresa Case of Pendleton, will play the part of #14.
Jess Hearne, daughter of John and Janet Hearne of Dyer, will play the part of #8.
Jackie List, daughter of James and Julie List of Newburgh, will play the part of #46.
Claire Martin, daughter of Joseph and Kyla Martin of Columbus, will play the part of #11.
Becca McKinley, daughter of Michael and Jessica McKinley of Salem, will play the part of #00.
Abby O’Bryant, daughter of Cindy O’Bryant of West Chester, Ohio, will play the part of #13.
Kara Simon, daughter of Lawrence and Toni Simon of South Bend, will play the part of #2.
Peighton Zebrowski, daughter of Peter and Kathleen Zebrowski of Kokomo, will play the part of #7.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Feb 13, 2020