This Spring, a new and entertaining play came to the Atwater Village Theater. “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe features an indoor soccer team of nine adolescent girls, each with a different personality, and presents the struggles of each girl in her developing life. The story follows the arcs of the team members, all of whom are unnamed and given numbers as they have pre and post game warmups together and discuss their lives to one another.
The story’s plot is shaken up when a new girl from out of town, #46, joins the team as a forward. She is immediately seen as an outsider and has trouble fitting in with the rest of the team. Her awkward comments and behavior make it even harder for her to fit in with the rest of the team, especially since the team’s current striker, #7, is very condescending and the most popular girl on the team.
English teachers Juliet Suess, Ryan Wilson, and Amanda Angle all took their classes to watch the play.
“It felt raw and honest, like something my students would find relevant to their lives. I’m not sure what a normal play is, but it sure sounds boring. This is the opposite of boring,” Wilson commented, “My students told me how special that experience was, which is not something that I hear every day!”
The play was extremely enjoyable to watch in the theater, especially after reading the play in class. The young actresses kept the audience engaged with funny gestures and emphatic movements. The play takes advantage of the viewing teenagers’ young minds to use overlapping dialogue sequences adding to the realism of a teenagers life. They speak about social topics that many teenagers can relate to at some point in their life, such as their social lives struggles extraneous from their experiences on the team.
“I had a lot of fun going with my class to watch the play,” Claudio Amaya ‘22 said. “I found it very funny and enjoyable to watch the actresses in the play.”
Overall, DeLappe did an outstanding job showing the audience just how crazy the lives of adolescent girls can be. Whether they are soccer players or just normal or not, they all face similar struggles and have fun. “The Wolves” is one of those plays you have to watch if you want to have a good time with friends, family or even by yourself.