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Wolf Play

Written by Hansol Jung
Directed by Deborah Block
October 27, 2022 — November 20, 2022

Opening Night: November 2, 2022

Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

A promising boxer is on the verge of a pro debut when their wife signs the adoption papers for a Korean boy. The boy’s original adoptive father was all set to hand him over to a new home… until he realizes that the boy would have no “dad.” Caught in the middle, the child launches himself in a lone wolf’s journey of finding a pack that he can call his own.
What The New York Times called “thrilling…probing and playful”, Wolf Play is a messy, funny and disturbing theatrical experience about the families we choose and unchoose.

A Philadelphia Premiere!

Show Dates & Times

PREVIEW  |  OPENING NIGHT  |  * POST-SHOW DISCUSSION

THU, Oct 27, 7PM- $10
FRI, Oct 28, 8PM- $20
SAT, Oct 29, 8PM- $20 
SUN, Oct 30, 3PM- $20 
TUE, Nov 1, 7PM- $20
WED, Nov 2, 7PM- Sold Out 
THU, Nov 3, 7PM- $30
FRI, Nov 4, 8PM- $35
SAT, Nov 5, 8PM- $35
SUN, Nov 6, 3PM* – $35 
WED, Nov 9, 7PM- $30
THU, Nov 10, 7PM*– $30 
FRI, Nov 11, 8PM- $35
SAT, Nov 12, 8PM- $35
SUN, Nov 13, 3PM- $35
MON, Nov 14, 7PM- $20
WED, Nov 16, 7PM- $30
THU, Nov 17, 12PM- $20
THU, Nov 17, 7PM- $30

FRI, Nov 18, 8PM- $35
SAT, Nov 19, 8PM- $35
SUN, Nov 20, 3PM- $35

Hansol Jung (Playwright) Productions: Wolf Play (Artists Rep, Soho Rep), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi), and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions: Public Theater (NY), Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse. Residencies/Fellowships: Hodder, Royal Court, NYTW, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, and Page 73. Awards: Steinberg Award, Whiting Award, DGF Award, Helen Merrill Award. TV: Tales of the City (Netflix), Pachinko (Apple +). Hansol is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects, and The Kilroys. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Makoto Hirano (Wolf, he/him/his) is a Philadelphia-based choreographer and theatre maker. His award-winning, original performance projects have been presented nationally in numerous venues and festivals including Off-Broadway at the National Asian American Theatre Festival (NYC), DanceTruck (Atlanta, GA), Ringling Museum (Sarasota, FL), Yale University (CT), and FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA). As a creator-performer, Hirano has originated over 20 roles, with highlights that include projects with Bill Irwin, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Nichole Canuso Dance, and Thaddeus Phillips/Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. Hirano is a founding member and current advisor to the arts collective PAPA (Philly Asian Performing Artists); co-founder of installation art duo Gatto+Hirano; co-founder of Team Sunshine Performance where he is a creator, producer, performer, and choreographer. From 2007-2014 Hirano was a Facilitator with Philly/Baltimore/South Carolina-based professional development program Artists U. A former U.S. Marine, Hirano earned his BFA in dance at Temple University.

 

Colin McIlvaine (Scenic Design) is a Philadelphia-based, Barrymore nominated scenic designer named as one of American Theatre Magazine’s 20 People to Watch. Recent credits include: St. Joan (Delaware Theatre Company), Salt Pepper Ketchup (Interact Theatre), Among the Dead (Theatre Exile). Colin’s recent associate design credits include: A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), Le Roi Arthus (Bard SummerScape), Pipeline (Lincoln Center). In addition to his freelance career, Colin is adjunct faculty for Villanova University and The University of the Arts. B.A. University of Maryland; MFA Scenic Design Temple University. www.colinmcilvaine.com

Ariel (Liudi) Wang (Costume Design) is a freelance Costume Designer living bicoastal. She came to the US from Beijing, China for graduate school and achieved her MS in Communication Management and MFA in Costume Design at Temple University. Her recent credits include Costume Designs for The Raven at Opera Philadelphia, Today is My Birthday, Extreme Home Makeover, Babel, Among the Dead, at Theatre Exile, The Chinese Lady at InterAct Theatre Company, Reverie, Sunset Baby, Ready Steady Yeti Go at Azuka Theatre, Natural Shocks, Cry It Out at Simpatico Theatre, The Weir, Medea at Hedgerow Theatre, A Hundred Words for Snow at Inis Nua Theatre Company. Find more of her designs at www.arielwangld.com

Christopher Colucci (Sound Design) Happy to be back in Exile! Pre-pandemic Philly theater design collaborations include: Lantern Theater Company, Arden, InterAct, Wilma, Philadelphia Theater Company, Walnut Street Theater, 1812 Productions, People’s Light . Recent work: Video Design for Tiny Dynamite’s The Complete Work of Jane Austen, Abridged; and Sound Design for the Lantern’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. Next up: Steel Magnolias at the Gulfshore Playhouse and Charlotte’s Web at the Arden. 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; 8 Barrymore Awards/Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design; Independence Fellowship in the Arts (2012, 2019); MA, Philosophy from Western Kentucky University. BA, Philosophy/Theology from Eastern University. Welcome back, dear Audience! Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/cmsound); YouTube (https://tinyurl.com/yd89tm64); Instagram: @cmcolucci_photo

Sebastienne Mundheim – Puppet Design

Melody Wong – Stage Manager

Janet Embree (Production Manager) is thrilled to be joining the team at Theatre Exile. She has managed productions at Lantern Theater Company, Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Artist’s Collective, among others. She spent several years at the University of the Arts where she taught and managed productions in theater, dance and music. She also does professional upholstery for the stage and screen; one of her favorite projects can be seen in the 2018 Grammy Awards.