Audiences now have more chances to get in the game: Goodman Theatre adds six performances of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, extending through March 18. The Chicago Tribune gave director Vanessa Stalling’s production four stars (out of four) and hailed, “you don’t want to miss this…a truly beautiful exploration (of) our adolescent years…pulses with energy” while the Chicago Sun-Times called it “a winning production (and) marvelous coming-of-age tale…an excellent example of the exciting work emerging in contemporary American theater” and Newcity raved “positively thrilling…the ensemble is singularly gifted…liable to leave you breathless!” The Wolves, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and wage their own tiny battles. The 10 member all-Chicago, all-female cast remains intact for the additional performances. The Wolves appears through March 18 in Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre.Tickets ($15 - $60; subject to change) for the extension are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/TheWolves, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner and Russell Reynolds Associates is the Contributing Sponsor.
Schedule of Additional Performances
-Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm
-Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm
-Friday, March 16 at 8pm
-Saturday, March 17 at 8pm
-Sunday, March 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm (closing)
The cast features team members Angela Alise as #00, goalie; Isa Arciniegas as #25, captain; Taylor Blim as #2, defense; Natalie Joyce as #7, striker; Cydney Moody as #8, defense; Erin O’Shea as #46, bench; Sarah Price as #11, midfield; Aurora Real de Asua as #14, mid-field; Mary Tilden as #13, mid-field; and rounding out the cast is Meighan Gerachis as the Soccer Mom. Working with soccer skill building coach Katie Berkopec, each actor learned a series of real soccer drills and incorporated synchronized warm-ups—including squats, jumping jacks, quads, hamstrings, butterfly and more—in preparation for their role. The creative team features designers who transformed the Goodman’s 350 seat-flexible Owen Theatre into an indoor soccer field complete with AstroTurf, plexiglass, fans and fluorescents—including Collette Pollard (sets), Noël Huntzinger (costumes), Keith Parham (lights) and Mikhail Fiksel (sound). Nikki Blue is the production stage manager.
Group savings are available for parties of 10 or more; by phone at 312.443.3820 or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Access performances include a Touch Tour on March 4 at 12:30pm; an Audio Described Performance on March 4 at 2pm; an ASL Interpreted Performance on March 10 at 2pm and an Open Captioned Performance on March 11 at 2pm. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Access for more information about Goodman Theatre’s accessibility efforts.
ABOUT GOODMAN THEATRE
AMERICA’S “BEST REGIONAL THEATRE” (Time magazine), Goodman Theatre is a premier not-for-profit organization distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics (celebrated revivals include Falls’ productions of Death of a Salesman and The Iceman Cometh). Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, over 160 Jeff Awards and many more accolades. In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” and its annual holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this season, has created a new generation of theatergoers. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production partner with local off-Loop theaters and national and international companies by providing financial support or physical space for a variety of artistic endeavors.
Committed to three core values of Quality, Diversity and Community, the Goodman proactively makes inclusion the fabric of the institution and develops education and community engagement programs that support arts as education. This practice uses the process of artistic creation to inspire and empower youth, lifelong learners and audiences to find and/or enhance their voices, stories and abilities. The Goodman’s Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is the home of such programming, most offered free of charge, and has vastly expanded the theater’s ability to touch the lives of Chicagoland citizens (with 85% of youth participants coming from underserved communities) since its 2016 opening.
Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.
Today, Goodman Theatre leadership also includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor,Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. David W. Fox, Jr. is Chair of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Cynthia K. Scholl is Women’s Board President and Justin A. Kulovsek is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals.