Wolf Play

By Hansol Jung
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

March 10, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Morrison Stage

In a world where people struggle to have children, one American couple decides to 'un-adopt' their young Korean son because they have a newborn at home. After an internet chat room search for the right family, the father 're-homes' the boy with a lesbian couple, where one half is desperate for a child and the other half is fighting for her career. As the boy — who thinks he’s a wolf, but is really a puppet – adjusts to his new life, he forms bonds with the unlikeliest of culprits while the rest of the adults squabble about what is ‘best for the child.' Wolf Play is a messy, funny, and moving theatrical experience that grapples with where family allegiance lies.

  • Awards for Hansol Jung: Whiting Award
  • A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
  • A Table|Room|Stage Commission

 

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Cast and Production Team

Cast

Tamera Lyn ±

Ash

Ayanna Berkshire +^

Robin

Vin Shambry +^

Ryan

Chris Harder +^

Peter

Creative

Hansol Jung

Playwright

Dámaso Rodríguez *

Director

Production

Scenic Designer: William Boles #

Costume Designer: Sarah Gahagan ^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Sound Designer: Sharath Patel #^

Puppet Designer: Matt Acheson

Puppetry Coach: Tony Fuemmeler

Puppet Wrangler: Robert Amico

Properties Master: Eric Lyness

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Boxing Advisor: Damaris Webb

Assistant Scenic Designer: Antonio Ribeiro #

Assistant Sound Designer: Andrew Bray

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Karen M. Hill +

Production Assistant: Margot New

Portland Actors Conservatory LORT LAB Student: Julet Lindo

Board Op: Alan Cline

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media

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Press

"The production comes off as a feat of theatrical magic. You find yourself moved by the plight of a small, faceless puppet, just like audiences were thousands of years ago.” -TJ Acena, Portland Mercury
FULL REVIEW

"Taking everything together -- an exquisite script, excellent performances, and brilliant stagecraft -- Wolf Play is one of the finest pieces of theatre I've ever seen.” -Krista Garver, Broadway World
FULL REVIEW

"It reverberates with fresh, tough, tender, and timely writing, smart dialog, and even hilarity as it delves the depths of family and societal dysfunction and what is required to make a pack. It is a triumph of modern, issue-based storytelling.” -Judy Nedry
FULL REVIEW

"NNPN Announces Rolling World Premiere of Wolf Play by Hansol Jung" -Broadway World
FULL ARTICLE

"Wolf Play Tells the Story of a Boy Who Thinks He’s a Wolf and Who Gets ‘Re-Homed’ By His Adoptive Father" by Lauren Yoshiko, Willamette Week
PREVIEW ARTICLE

Resources

Prep for Wolf Play with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deep dive into the play with our STUDY GUIDE