The Wolves

If you plan on attending “The Wolves” in the Virginia Barnelle Theatre this weekend, you can expect to take an intimate look into the lives of nine teenage girls as they warm up for their soccer matches. A play by Sarah DeLappe, “The Wolves” lets the audience in on the private conversations of an all-girls soccer team as they prepare for their games.

The audience never sees the girls at school, at their homes or anywhere besides the soccer field. Instead, we can only piece together their lives by listening to the conversations they share as they prepare for their games. Their conversations range from trivial to serious: they talk about Walt Disney World and the Khmer Rouge. The girls can be heard gossiping about boys, as well as sharing their perspectives on heavy topics such as abortion and immigration.

One unique aspect of the show is the set design. When you walk into the Barnelle Theatre, you are a spectator of the soccer field. The stage is covered in turf, and there are scattered backpacks and water bottles sitting on an aluminum bench. Some audience members even sat on the floor in portable Coleman stadium seats.

Director Dana Resnick especially enjoyed being part of this particular show. “In my eight years of directing plays at LMU, this one might be the most relatable for students. Most people have been on some form of a team. The positions we play on that team: the leader, the follower, the outcast, the misunderstood, the clown … are all seen on the stage.”

“The Wolves” is a high-energy show with fast-paced dialogue. The girls often talk over each other and sometimes there are multiple conversations going on at once. This occurs while the team performs various drills, such as high knees and butt kicks.

The acting style of the show will make you feel as though you are on the field with the team. Although the girls engage in shenanigans throughout the show, the raw performances will leave you emotional.

Senior theatre arts major Keiva Bradley, who played #25, said, “It’s a bunch of high school girls ... they’re navigating the world, they’re dealing with traumas, but … they have that space [on the field.]” Bradley hopes the audience will apply the message of the show to their own lives. “Find your space where you can be secure or have a safety net … and look out for each other.”

Resnick believes that everyone can relate to the message of this show. “Shared experience is one of the great pleasures of being human, and the act of sharing experiences creates community. No matter who we are, we are connected through cheering in the stands, playing on the field, acting in a play or sitting in the audience. These connections save lives.”

“The Wolves” played in the Virginia Barnelle Theatre in Foley Building on Nov. 1-3, with upcoming shows on Nov. 6-9 at 8 p.m. The play is sold out, but if you show up early, you might be able to get a ticket at the door on the day of the show.

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