A Sneak Peek Through a Peephole to the Women’s Indoor Soccer Team
Written by Vaida Wippermann
It is not a recreation of a stereotypical version of female adolescents. MacGyvers & Co., in association with The Junction, is staging a new play – The Wolves, which takes you through a conversation of complicated, multidimensional people. A sneak peeks at the women’s indoor football team warm-up sessions where they explore challenges related to mental health, performance anxieties, and extremities of loss. Amid the current political climate and in the age of #metoo, this play refocused attention on the vulnerability of teenagers and the deeply rooted problem of taking girls seriously.
The Wolves is the first play by Sarah DeLappe that was produced professionally. The young writer was inspired by the contrast of sympathy vs. empathy which she witnesses during one of visits to the “Here and Elsewhere” museum in New York. However, it was not the paintings, photographs of the scenes of suicide bombs, or installations of civil war that were exhibited in the museum that got her attention. It was the way Americans reacted with pity to the way of life in the Middle East and North Africa, yet how they also made no effort to enact change. As DeLappe recalled to Jonathan Shia for The Last Magazine, “There was something about being surrounded by all of these well-heeled, metropolitan people who would look at this art and then turn to each other and glibly talk about American exceptionalism and then what they were getting for brunch.” On the subway ride home, she began the first scene of The Wolves on her phone.
Sarah DeLappe and her twin sister, Eva, were born in Reno (Nevada, USA). The young playwright was surrounded by creativity growing up; her mother is a poet and photographer, and her father is a digital media artist. While Eva attended Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York, Sarah went on to major in American studies and theatre studies at Yale where she wrote the play Wolves as her senior thesis. DeLappe admits that she has been drawn to the stage since childhood and while her initial idea was to pursue a career as an actress Mrs. DeLappe ended up shifting her focus to playwriting and mastering the technique and one of the strongest suits of the play is the language, as the playwright herself describes it as beautiful and musical.
The conversation between girls is fast, fresh and requires listeners to keep pace and catch the bits of exposition as they fly by entangled by its nine characters. DeLappe has mastered the technique and provided strong, distinct voices to the young women. Topics vary from sleepover plans, gossips to more serious questions such as: “Should an octogenarian be charged with war crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge?”. While young athletes lack adult sophistication in their language, the energy and curiosity are unshakable. The audience can see the punctuation of the conversation and feel the beat of the dialogue while girls are moving through the physical activities – drills, warm-ups, and stretches.
The play is less focused on the actual sports actions and rather puts emphasis on the honest representation of relationships among women and in particular one of the most misunderstood segments of society – teenage girls. The scary, invigorating brightness and raw adolescence emerge from every scene of this play and despite the disparity of the characters it creates the feeling that in union there is strength.
When: 9th September at 7:30 pm. 10th & 11th September 2021 at 2:30 & 7:30pm.
Where: The Junction Dubai – Alserkal Avenue (Venue), Dubai, UAE.
Tickets: https://ae.bookmyshow.com or at The Junction Dubai (phone no: +971 4 3388 525).