Come see Wolf Play on Berkeley, California’s Ashby Stage this fall! This off-Broadway hit explores challenging topics like identity, family, and trust through the use of puppetry and light humor. Join the wolf pack of fans and get Wolf Play tickets now on TodayTix!
Wolf Play premiered at the Soho Repertory Theatre off-Broadway in 2022 before moving its production to the MCC Theater, where Wolf Play enjoyed an extended run. The New York Theatre Guide review of the Off-Broadway production highlighted the playfulness of the puppet: “a child’s imagination both comforts and charms, concealing the sharp realities that pierce the plush surroundings.”
Wolf Play’s off-Broadway production won Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Scenic Design, and Outstanding Sound Design at the 2023 Lucille Lortel Awards. Don’t miss your chance to see The Shotgun Players' production of Wolf Play in the Bay Area.
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Wolf Play centers around Jeenu, an adopted South Korean boy played by a puppet. His first adoptive parents abandon him, listing him for adoption online. Jeenu finds a new home with queer parents, Robin and Ash, and discloses that he is not a boy but rather a wolf. His story delves into trauma, coping mechanisms, parenthood, and the family we choose for ourselves. As Jeenu says, “Wolves suck at being alone. Wolves need family.”
In a creative move to offset the sensitive topic of child abandonment, playwright Hansol Jung envisioned Jeenu being portrayed by a puppet. Puppet designer Amanda Villalobos designed Jeenu for Wolf Play. Jeenu is a fairly simple yet evocative puppet made from wood, cardboard, and bungee cords.
The Shotgun Players company’s production of Wolf Play is directed by Elizabeth Carter, a director and actor in the Bay Area. She has won a Theatre Bay Area Award and an award for Best Local Play from Broadway World for her work.
A member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers’ Lab, playwright Hansol Jung has written a handful of comedies and dramas, including No More Sad Things, Among the Dead, Wild Goose Dreams, and Cardboard Piano. Jung often addresses difficult topics in her plays, including religious intolerance, love, and betrayal. In her work as a translator, Jung has translated over 30 English musicals into Korean.
1 hour & 50 minutes
September 2nd, 2023
October 8th, 2023
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