01/17/18 - 03/18/18


Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves’ undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, The Wolves explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. An acclaimed play from a new voice, Studio-commissioned writer Sarah DeLappe.

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Show Information

Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
Environmental Warning: This production will feature strobe-like effects. The Wolves will be in Stage 4 which is general admission seating. 

The Wolves is generously underwritten
by Dr. Mark Epstein and Amoretta Hoeber.


The Artists


Production Team


Debra Booth

Debra Booth is Director of Design at Studio Theatre, where she has designed If I Forget, Translations, The Wolves, The Father, The Hard Problem, Moment, Constellations, The Apple Family Cycle, Jumpers for Goalposts, Belleville, Cock, Edgar & Annabel, Bachelorette, Moonlight, Blackbird, My Children! My Africa!, The Pillowman, and many others. Her international work includes premiere opera Marco Polo (Tan Dun/Martha Clarke) in Munich, Hong Kong, and New York. Regionally, Debra’s credits include Small Mouth Sounds at Round House Theatre; Richard III, The Collection, and The Lover at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Marisol at Hartford Stage and The Public Theatre; Trying, The Illusion, and Happy Days at Portland Stage Company; the New York premiere of Angels in America at The Juilliard School; Broken Glass at Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination); and Moon for the Misbegotten at Yale Repertory Theatre. Debra is the recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

(As of October 2019)


Stephanie Paul

Stephanie Paul was recently Body Percussion and Movement Choreographer of The Royale at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and City Theatre. Additional credits include Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, In The Red and Brown Water at Northwestern University, Learning Curve by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects. Ms. Paul is an Artistic Associate of Chicago Dance Crash and has taught and choreographed for the dance programs of Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University. Next, she will be choreographing the world premiere musical The Last Stop at Market Street at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Ms. Paul is a 2017 3Arts Make-A-Wave Grantee.

(As of January 2018)


Mikhail Fiksel

Mikhail Fiksel is a designer, composer, musician, and a DJ. Recent credits include The Treasurer and A Life at Playwrights Horizons, The Old Man and The Old Moon at City Theatre, Tiger Style at La Jolla Playhouse, Learning Curve by Albany Park Theatre Project and Third Rail Projects, The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window and 2666 at The Goodman Theatre and other projects with Manhattan Theatre Club, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Dallas Theatre Center, The Geffen Playhouse and Victory Gardens. Film work includes scores for The Wise Kids (2011), Alien Brides (2013), and Glitch (2015). He is a recipient of two Lucille Lortel Awards and Drama Desk Nominations, multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards, The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, and is a member of TSDCA and USA.

(As of January 2018)


Paul Toben

Paul Toben is based in Chicago, where he recently designed The Mystery of Love and Sex at Writer’s Theatre, Electra at Court Theatre, The Firebirds Take the Field at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and Cry it Out and The Book of Will at Northlight Theatre. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, he has designed Angels in America, Circle Mirror Transformation, Peter and the Starcatcher, 4000 Miles, Wondrous Strange, The Roommate, and many others, including five seasons of the Humana Festival. Other regional credits include NSFW at Round House Theatre; Silent Sky, Triangle, and Upright Grand at TheatreWorks; Fly by Night, Medea, and School for Wives at Dallas Theater Center; The Who and The What at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; the New York, regional, and international premieres of Daddy Long Legs; and designs at Denver Center Theatre, Magic Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

(As of January 2018)


Sarah Cubbage

Sarah Cubbage designed costumes for The Wolves at Studio Theatre last season. Other recent projects include Crazy for You at Lincoln Center (Susan Stroman, dir.) and Beauty & The Beast at Disney Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines. Off Broadway credits include Soho Rep, Theatre for the New City, Aquila Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Ohio Theatre, and Atlantic Stage 2. Regional credits include Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Center Stage, Rep Stage, Syracuse Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Premiere Stages, and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Associate/Assistant Broadway design work includes Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, It’s Only a Play, This is Our Youth, Bullets Over Broadway, and Big Fish. Film credits include A Clerk’s Tale (James Franco, dir.), So Over You (Karen Odyniec, dir.), Half the Perfect World (Cynthia Arzaga Fredette, dir.). Dance credits include Dark Lark (BAM, Kate Weare Company) and The Radio Show (Bessie Award, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). Cubbage holds an MFA from New York University and is a member of USA 829.

(As of December 2018)


Manya Makoski Puppione

Manya Makoski Puppione is currently the women’s soccer assistant coach at University of Maryland, while also working as a personal and small group trainer. She is a former professional soccer player, having played in the United States and in Europe. Ms. Puppione is also a former member of the youth national team, winning an Under-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. She holds an MBA from University of New Haven and a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications from Arizona State University. 

(As of January 2018)


Amanda Landis

Amanda Landis returns to Studio Theatre after assistant stage managing Chimerica, Bad Jews, Between Riverside and Crazy, Moment, Hand to God, and Hedda Gabler, as well as stage managing readings of No Sisters, KURSK, and The Boy Became Momentarily Lost, Then Was Found. Other DC area credits include stage managing The Smartest Girl in the World at Imagination Stage, In the Heights at Gala Hispanic Theatre, Peter and the Starcatcher at Constellation Theatre Company, and assistant stage managing An Octoroon and Kiss both at Woolly Mammoth. She has also worked with Signature Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, and others. Ms. Landis holds a BA from Northwestern University and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. 

(As of January 2018)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

Manna-Symone Middlebrooks is Studio's Artistic Apprentice this season. Her directing credits include Assistant Director for Studio's productions of Translations, The Wolves, Curve of Departure, and Skeleton Crew; Broken Glass at Theater J; Scarred for Life at American University; and The Ruiners: A Modern Romance at Keegan Theatre. Ms. Middlebrooks holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Literature from American University and is an alumna of The British American Drama Academy.

(As of April 2018)


Rachael Danielle Albert

Rachael Danielle Albert is making her Studio Theatre debut. New York credits include The Roads to Home at Primary Stages, Maize & Blue on Broadway, and The Last Word at the New York Musical Festival. Regional credits include Native Gardens, A Raisin in the Sun, Watch on the Rhine, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, and T he City of Conversation at Arena Stage; Bright Star (pre-Broadway) at the Kennedy Center; Souvenir at New London Barn Playhouse; Up Here, Ether Dome, and Peer Gynt at La Jolla Playhouse; Rich Girl at The Old Globe; and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Stage 773. Ms. Albert received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and BFA from the University of Michigan. She is a founding member of Ubuntu Theater Project and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

(As of January 2018)

Daniel Eichner

LOCAL: Fever/Dream, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Angels In America: Millennium Approaches, Angels In America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men, Forum Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, Edward III, Titus Andronicus, Washington Shakespeare Company; Christmas Carol 1941, Arena Stage; Intimate Apparel, African Continuum Theatre; The True History of Coca-Cola In Mexico, Gala Hispanic Theatre; Gretty Good Time, Theater Alliance; The Inspector General, Journeymen Theater; The Dybbuk, Synetic Theater; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Actors' Theatre of Washington. EDUCATION: Middlebury College, B.A. in Theatre and Sociology.


(As of December 2010)


Sensational portrait of American high school girl power
The Washington Post
Simply one of the most well-acted productions in D.C. this season
DC Metro Theater Arts
It's as thrilling as a World Cup penalty shoot-out

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