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About Wolf Play

After a smash hit premiere at Soho Rep last year, Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play finds a new home at MCC Theater. Get Wolf Play tickets now.

See why critics have hailed Jung’s heartfelt, explosive, harrowing story of abandonment and connection as “an extraordinary tour de force” (Theatrely) filled with “wry humor and ebullient flourishes” (New York Stage Review).

What does a family look like? Can a broken family be fixed? How do we find our chosen family? Those questions will linger in your mind long after you leave Wolf Play, about an adopted Korean boy, Jeenu, who is “re-homed” — that is, given to a new set of adoptive parents — via Yahoo. Worlds collide as Jeenu moves from place to place, person to person. Will this young wolf ever find his pack?

Don’t be the lone wolf that misses out on Wolf Play. Get tickets to Wolf Play off Broadway now.

Run time

Approx. 2 hours, no intermission

Start date

January 26th, 2023

End date

April 2nd, 2023

Categories

Age

Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

129 Reviews

DOUG Rob NYC

DOUG Rob NYC

770 Reviews | 424 Followers
93
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Captivating & moving play where love makes a family for a non-traditional family. Great acting coupled with a great script.

Don’t see it if If you prefer comedy or lighter play then skip this one.

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

614 Reviews | 286 Followers
90
Refreshing, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if An experimental moving play abt the challenges modern families encounter to protect their pack,told by 5 talented actors on a clever stage.

Don’t see it if uninterested in transracial & transnational adoptions or in a cute little puppet playing the adoptee's role.

Wish I Could See Them All

Wish I Could See Them All

802 Reviews | 253 Followers
83
Disturbing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Punchy non-traditional family drama has us rooting for the kid, who struggles amidst a whirlwind of crazy adults. Wonderful puppet.

Don’t see it if Contrived, but I can accept the dramatic liberties. Frenetic staging w/noise & lights. I disliked the narrator yelling at the audience

XS2211

XS2211

314 Reviews | 188 Followers
96
Intense, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Directing so TIGHT!! 1hr45min whooshed by. Economical set + efficient use of space. Strong ensemble. “Ash” perfectly cast, and my favorite!!

Don’t see it if Lesbian couple parenting; kid adopting from foreign country; conflicting sibling relationships. Could trigger childhood trauma.

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Wolf Play cast and creative team

By: Hansol Jung
Director: Dustin Wills Cast list: Esco Jouléy as Ash, Nicole Villamil as Robin, Mitchell Winter as Wolf, Christopher Bannow as Peter, Brian Quijada as Ryan
Design: You-Shin Chen
Costume: Enver Chakartash
Lighting: Barbara Samuels
Sound: Kate Marvin
Other info: Puppet design by Amanda Villalobos, properties by Patricia Marjorie

Venue

511 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, United States, 10019

More information about Wolf Play

Inspired by a real-life phenomenon, Wolf Play’s action begins when a couple, who have a biological child shortly after adopting Jeenu, decide they can only handle raising one. They turn to a Yahoo message board, where a woman named Robin hastily agrees to take Jeenu. But having barely consulted with her partner Ash about it, Jeenu’s arrival sends their already shaky relationship into a tailspin. Further tensions ensue when Peter, Jeenu’s first adoptive dad, becomes wary over the fact that Jeenu won’t have a male father figure.

The character of Jeenu assumes a kind of double identity. Besides being a 6-year-old boy, Jeenu envisions himself as a wolf: fierce and looking for a pack. This metaphor threads throughout the play, and often, the character speaks to the audience either as Jeenu or as the Wolf.

Wolf Play is Jung’s second play in New York; her debut play, Among the Dead, premiered at Manhattan’s HERE Arts Center after she used it in her application to the Yale School of Drama. Among the Dead, like Wolf Play, was produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company, which supports the work of Asian artists.

Fellow Yale School of Drama graduate Dustin Wills directs Wolf Play in New York. He staged the show’s world premiere at Soho Rep in early 2022. He has directed a wide variety of theatre and opera for companies including The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Soho Rep, and Yale Opera.

What to Watch For

  • Wolf Play is inspired by articles Jung read about adopted children being “re-homed” on online forums like Yahoo and Facebook.
  • Jeenu/Wolf isn’t played by a boy or an animal — he’s represented by a puppet, operated and voiced by an adult actor.
  • Jung’s plays often explore themes of unlikely relationships and chosen loves that span continents. Just as Wolf Play has feet in America and Korea, her play Wild Goose Dreams tells of a love affair between a North and South Korean, and Cardboard Piano is about an American and Ugandan teenage girl who get hastily “married.”
  • In 2015, Jung had three plays, the most of any writer that year, on the Kilroys’ List of excellent, underproduced plays by non-male writers. One of these was Wolf Play. In 2016, a fourth play made the list.
  • Though Wolf Play premiered last year at Soho Rep, MCC’s production technically marks its Off-Broadway debut. The Soho Rep production was classified as Off-Off-Broadway, as the theatre had less than 100 seats.

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