URI Theatre sets auditions for spring production of ‘The Wolves’

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 21, 2018 – The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will hold auditions Dec. 4 and 5 for its spring-semester production of “The Wolves.”

Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves,” a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, is an all-female play about a girls indoor soccer team that navigates the big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The play will be directed by URI Theatre veteran Rachel Walshe, now a permanent lecturer of acting and playwriting in the department.

Ten cast members are needed for the play (see below for character descriptions). Auditions are open to the public.

Those auditioning need to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue from a contemporary play. Please note: “The Wolves” requires intense athleticism. Bear this in mind when choosing audition material and consider auditioning with a piece that provides an opportunity for dynamic physical choices.

Auditions are Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the J Studio of the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, on the Kingston Campus. Callbacks are Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the J Studio. Call URI Theatre at (401) 874-5921 to sign up for an audition, or sign up outside the Theatre office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center.

Rehearsals begin Jan. 14, and “The Wolves” runs Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 28-March 3.

Character descriptions:

No. 11 – Midfield. Brainy, morbid, budding elitist, thoughtful. Seventeen, curious about the world and grapples with questions of morality.

No. 25 – Defense, captain. Classic (ex-)coach’s daughter. Seventeen, works to keep everyone in line, both physically and socially.

No. 13 – Midfield. Stoner, has an older pot dealer brother, into her wackiness. Sixteen, self-medicates with marijuana and struggles to build relationships.

No. 46 – Bench. New girl, awkward, different, just wants to fit in. Sixteen, struggles awkwardly, and often unsuccessfully, to fit in.

No. 2 – Defense. Innocent, unlucky, kind, skinny. Sixteen, lives on peanut butter and cheese, loses her status on the team due to an injury.

No. 7 – Striker. Too cool for school. Sarcastic, thick eyeliner. Almost seventeen.

No. 14 – Midfield. No. 7’s insecure sidekick. Just switched to contacts. Sixteen, tries to be as cool as No. 7 but struggles with the pressures of sex and growing up before she is ready.

No. 8 – Defense. Plays dumber than she is. Sixteen, hides her intelligence so people will like her.

No. 00 – Goalie. Intense performance anxiety, perfectionist, high achiever. Seventeen; vomits from anxiety before every game.

Soccer Mom – Grief-stricken, shows up at practice after the death of her daughter. This role may be cast age appropriate (40s).

URI Theatre is committed to equal opportunity and non-traditional casting. Its productions strongly encourage any/and all students, staff, faculty or members of the community to audition and/or participate in URI productions. There will be no discrimination based on sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran and/or disability status.