Kailua Onstage Arts launches its inaugural season with the Hawaii Premiere of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. A 2017 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this highly acclaimed play explores the lives, hearts and minds of nine high school girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for 9 American girls who just want to score some goals.
The production is directed by Stacy Ray and runs from August 31 through September 9 at The Arts @ SecretZone, 50 Kihapai St, in Kailua.
KOA Artistic Director Kevin Keaveney was drawn to the play and chose it as the fledgling theater’s first production because “it’s unlike anything I’d ever seen onstage. Although it’s extremely specific to the lives of these teenage girls, it’s also a universally relatable portrayal of the human experience. Conversations and events stream by in a seemingly trivial flood of mundanity, but out of that rise eddies and currents of deep philosophy, pain, humor, giddy exhilaration, and the drive to win, to survive, to persist
Chelsea Cox Lily De La Cruz
Alyse Glaser Grace Grange
Ruby O'Malley Maggie Odom
Camille Perry Kira Stone
with Lisa Barnes as Soccer Mom
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4:00pm
Performed at The Arts at Secret Zone, 50 Kihapai Street in Kailua
Kailua Onstage Arts is a new addition to theater in Honolulu, providing performing arts performances and classes to Windward and Honolulu residents from their theater in Kailua.
CRITIC'S PICK! "The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe." - The New York Times
"DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them." - Theatremania
"A formidably precise piece of observational writing" - The Chicago Tribune
"DeLappe's exquisitely orchestrated cross talk and overlapping banter, dense with profanity and jokes, is quite musical." - Time Out NY
"The Wolves is a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer...DeLappe's dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain [...] She offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world. It's a patch of Astroturf I would gladly set foot on again." - The Village Voice
The fictional soccer team of The Wolves is comprised of nine talented young actresses, some quite familiar to Oahu audiences. All have been pushed to new heights by the demands of the play. Director Stacy Ray reports, “The cast has become a pack: dependent on one another, protective of one another, supportive and challenging of one another. Just like wolves in the wild – no weak links allowed – all are focused on the same goal, the strength and stability of the pack.”
Playwright Sarah DeLappe’s keen ear for dialogue reveals a world often overlooked or simplified by adult writers. The script “is 100% Teenage Girls,” says Ray. “A constant thought exchange with no subject off limits. It will remind you that each moment of life is capable of great passion, joy, laughter, and love.”
(pictured L - R)
Front row: Maggie Odom, Camille Perry, Kira Stone
Back row: Lily Kim-Dela Cruz, Chelsea Cox, Ruby O'Malley, Ka'ena Watson, Grace Grange, and Alyse Glaser
Kailua Onstage Arts is a new, non-profit performing arts company based in downtown Kailua and dedicated to presenting works that give voice to the voiceless – those who have gone mostly unheard because of their race, gender, sexuality, geographic location, or economic condition.
Beginning in September, students at Kainalu Elementary and St. Anthony's will have the opportunity to take classes taught by Kailua Onstage Arts staff of professional artists, right in the convenience of their own school! Be on the lookout for signup sheets which will be sent home with students in Grades 1-6 very soon!
Kailua Onstage Arts' Playwriting Summer Session, led by Alan Shepard, is currently in the midst of its 10-week session, but stay tuned for our Fall Classes, including Film Acting, Improvisation and Meditation
This 10-week playwriting course is intended to be an extension of our Spring 2018 Intro to Playwriting course, but new students are also welcome and will be brought up to speed. The course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of writing for the stage (as well as further exploration of technique, character development and storytelling for continuing students) with the end goal being a completed one-act play for each participant. Participants will meet for two hour period each week to read aloud and critique work. Each playwright will either provide copies for each class member or email members so they can read on their smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.
Each play will be read aloud with a full cast in a public performance after the 10-week class period.
Sundays, 2-4pm, June 24-Aug. 26
$150 / 10-week course
Alan Shepard has been practicing theater arts for over 25 years. He has been seen on various stages around Oahu and on Hawaii 5-O. As a playwright, he has over 20 plays under his belt, 5 of which have been published and all of which have been produced over the past 20 years. Alan loves teaching and loves teaching theater even more! He lives in Kailua and is the Education Tours Manager at Kualoa Ranch.
131 Hekili St., #203, Kailua, HI 96734