Get up close to the action as a girls’ indoor soccer team prepares for battle. Amid warmups and passing drills, the undefeated Wolves psych each other up—and dive into rapid-fire, unfiltered conversations about the world and their places in it. What happens when life both on and off the field tests the team’s endurance? A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Wolves boldly celebrates the grit and grace of 21st-century American girls.
The Wolves set throughout the play
An indoor soccer field somewhere in suburban America. The field is AstroTurf. We only
see the field: no goals, no bleachers.
Strong language and discussion of sex.
#11 (Midfield)— Brainy. Morbid. Budding elitist. Thoughtful.
#25 (Defense)— Captain. Classic (ex)coach's daughter. Probably a better leader than a player.
#13 (Midfield)— Stoner. Has older pot dealer brother. Enjoys being a little wacky.
#46 (Bench/Striker)— New girl. Awkward. Different. Just wants to fit in.
#2 (Defense)— Innocent. Unlucky. Cares a lot about other people, but doesn't always know how to help.
#7 (Striker)— Too cool for school. Sarcastic. Prone to swearing. Pushes against society's expectations.
#14 (Midfield)— #7's insecure sidekick. Just switched to contacts. Wants to forge her own path, but doesn't know where to start.
#8 (Defense)— Childlike and determined to stay that way. A little ignorant of social issues.
#00 (Goalie)— Intense performance anxiety, perfectionist, high achiever. Quiet, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have opinions.
Soccer Mom— A mother.
Here are a series of options you have while attending The Wolves:
Before the play…
— Enter the theatre building
— If needed, pick up your ticket at the Box Office
— Before or when the announcement is made on the speakers, enter the theatre and find your seat
— Sit down in your seat
— Listen to the pre-show announcement speech
During the play…
— Stay seated and watch the play
— Move to one of the standing room sections at the back of the theatre to stand while watching the play
— Move to the lobby to watch the play from a TV monitor
— Move to the lobby for a quiet space with no monitor and less noise
*If you choose to leave the theatre during the performance, you may return to your seat whenever you are ready and when the house manager says it is OK.
— Stay in your seat
— Or go to the lobby. In the lobby, you can:
– Use the restroom
– Look at the art in the lobby
– Buy food or drink at the Mezzanine bar
— Before or when the announcement is made, return to your seat. Watch the second part of the show.
After the play…
— If you wish, applaud during the curtain call when the actors bow
— Exit through the Mezzanine level
— Or stay seated until most of the crowd has exited to the lobby and then leave at your own pace
Actors Theatre of Louisville is committed to a judgement-free experience for all audience members. While attending this performance, you might see a variety of behaviors, including:
Stimming: a physical or verbal response to over- or under- stimulation that can provide self-regulation or self-expression. This might be repeated hand-wringing, rocking or clapping.
Echolalia: Some patrons may repeat phrases, quotes and speech. Sometimes, this aids comprehension, and sometimes, this can be a calming or relaxing activity.
Tics: Involuntary movements or vocal sounds (please note: tics and stimming are separate behaviors)
Touch Sensitivity: Some patrons may be very uncomfortable with physical touch from others and/or aware of the sensation of materials on their skin.
Alternative Communication: Some patrons might use non-verbal forms of communication in response to over- or under- stimulation. Types of communication can vary and can include: sign language, typing, body language, facial expressions and/or using pictures.
Fidgets: Some patrons may bring small objects with them to a performance – like stress balls, sewing pads or putty. Using these objects can relieve stress, aid relaxation and increase focus.
Sensory and Emotionally-Intense Moments: The ushers at each performance will have a list of sensory intense moments throughout the play. For example, the list may note lights, sound effects or other sudden changes that could be overwhelming to some patrons.
Special thanks: Talleri McRae, The Kentuckiana Autistic Spectrum Alliance (KASA), Autistics United Kentucky, The Kentucky Autism Training Center and Heidi Cooley-Cook, Micah Peace, Bev Harp, Erin Fitzgerald, Cody Clark, Peyton Stockdale and Natalie Ambrosino.