Artists Repertory Theatre has extended two play commissions, as part of the company’s ambitious new play development program Table|Room|Stage (T|R|S). These commissions go to Pulitzer Prize-nominated, African American writer and performer Dael Orlandersmith and rising South Korean playwright Hansol Jung. Additionally, the company has identified projects by Anthony Hudson and Susannah Mars to receive dramaturgical and production support.
Project Description: Wolf Play
Hansol Jung will be At the Table in 2017/2018 to develop Wolf Play. Jung describes the project like this:
A Korean boy is ushered into a new house by his adopted American father. This new house belongs to an American boxer and her wife. American father un-adopts boy by a single signature on a piece of paper. But just before he leaves the new house, ex-father finds out that the new couple, to whom he has “re-homed” his ex-son to, is a lesbian couple. American ex-father spends the rest of the play trying to get the boy back. In his corner is Ryan, the boxer’s coach, and wife’s brother. Ryan has insecurities about being the protector, the alpha male, and he doesn’t like the new Korean boy who is a bit weird.
The boy is actually not a real boy. He is a puppet. The puppeteer is the Emcee of the evening, and spinner of the night’s tale: a lone wolf who slips in and out of the story as is needed.
Yes, the puppeteer is a wolf. At least he believes that he is. Because wolves are a god figure in many Eastern myths, a frequent villain in many Western tales and biologically famous for their adherence to pack mentality.
Wolf Play is a messy, funny disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem of “what is a family, and what do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before?”