William Clark


The Wolves

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 31-May 6
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from April 8-May 6
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

While The Wolves revolves around a youth soccer team of nine girls, the action resides almost entirely in off-field dialogue. Uncannily recreating the conversations of adolescence, the play ushers audiences into the candid circle of a pregame warm-up ritual, where the squad members debate urgent matters. Rejecting the archetypes of sports dramas, these girls are recognizably human in their concerns, breathlessly arguing topics that range from trivial (Harry Potter) to heavy (war crimes). Through these talks, each character grows more fully realized, each with a distinct persona that starkly contrasts with the anonymity of their uniforms. Performed by an ensemble of young actors under the guidance of Jungle Theater’s artistic director, Sarah Rasmussen, The Wolves finds the milestones of youth passed, not in the glory of cheering crowds, but in the unruly comradery of teammates.