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VOICES FOR CHANGE on Dec. 7

XUT_Voices for Change logoVOICES FOR CHANGE
Xavier University Theatre
Dec. 7
Gallagher Student Center Theatre [Evanston]

Directed by Regina Pugh

Cast: Steven Lindner, Nick Minion, David Ludwig, Faith Macko, Natalie Sendelbach, Aylssa Gries, Ally Knizner, Lillian Reynolds, Isabelle Trapp, Ari Chisamore, Valerie Waggal, Mia Helbig, Matt Sherman, Taylor Parks, Emmy Rice, George Grandi, Caroline Conard, Christine Gallagher, Cat Sholtis, Liz Sundstrom, Dylan Waters, Connor Williams & Zac Martin

A series of student written, student directed, and student performed monologues, scenes, songs, and more all on the topic of social justice in our world.

  • Sat, Dec. 7 at 7pm

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Xavier University Theatre Presents THE WOLVES, Nov. 15-23

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Becky Williams as 8, Kennedy Florence as 13, Olivia Pletcher as 2, Lily Dennstaedt as 14, Liv Hardy as 46, Victoria Forbes as 11, Lauren Davidson as 00, Holland Taylor as 25, & Gigi Relic as 7.

Helmed by HAMILTON tour resident director Tiffany Nichole Greene
with sets by Paul Shortt

(CINCINNATI, Nov. 8, 2019) – Xavier University continues its 2019-20 season with one of the nation’s most-produced shows this year, Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. The play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, runs for two weekends from Nov. 15 to 23 in Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Theater.

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girl’s indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Director Tiffany Nichole Greene is elated to be working with the Xavier theatre program for a second time, having previously directed the world premiere production of Cannibal Galaxy in 2017. Originally from Houston, Greene now splits her time as the resident director of the Philip Tour of Hamilton and as a freelance director in theatres across America. She is a proud member of SDC whose recent work includes Boudica (Guthrie Theater); A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit (JACK Brooklyn); Between Riverside and Crazy (SpeakEasy Stage); Well-Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theatre Three); A Raisin in the Sun (Triad Stage); and Skeleton Crew (Trinity Rep).

“At first glance, The Wolves could easily be perceived as a play about bratty teen girls, but that would be incorrect. And that doesn’t interest me,” says the show’s director, Tiffany Greene. “There are three central ideas that I found to be powerful and used as the baseline in my direction: this play skillfully explores the ways in which we pollute our most sacred spaces; it artfully articulates the effects fear and insecurity have on the ways in which we connect or reach out; and it leaves us clear about one thing- a sacred space is not to be confused with a protected one… no one is exempt.”

“We are ecstatic to have Tiffany directing for us again,” said Stephen Skiles, director of Xavier University Theatre. “She was the perfect person to work on this physical, important, dynamic piece of theatre. The fact that she stepped away from Hamilton to work with us says a lot about the dedication of our students. I can’t wait for audiences to see the nuance, energy and commitment that Tiffany gets from these young performers.”

The cast for The Wolves features first-year students Kennedy Florence and Becky Williams; sophomores Lauren Davidson, Victoria Forbes, Olivia Hardy and Olivia Pletcher; juniors Tina Boffa and Holland Taylor; and seniors Lilly Dennstaedt and Gigi Relic. Understudies are first-year student Emily Bruns, sophomore Connie Kavensky and senior Emily Jorgensen.

In addition to Greene, other members of the creative team include Paul Shortt (set designer), Jessica Pitcairn (costume designer), Joe Beumer (lighting designer) and Tatum Mann (sound designer). Support is provided by Stephen Skiles (producer), Amara Shroba (soccer coach) and Joe Leonard (technical director). The stage manager is senior Emi Suarez, and assistant stage managers are first-year student Lillian Reynolds and junior Katherine Ivins.

Performances take place in the Gallagher Student Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 16. Tickets for The Wolves are available now through the Xavier University Theatre Box Office. They are $18 each for adults and $13 each for students, as well as Xavier faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, visit www.xavier.edu/theatretickets or call 513-745-3939.

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CHICAGO Quick Review

CHICAGO presented Xavier University Theatre through Oct. 26. I attended the opening Saturday Matinee. 

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The show itself looks fantastic thanks to set and lighting designer Joe Beumer, and costumes designed by Jessica Pitcairn. The talented ensemble is backed by a great sounding orchestra (under the direction of Scot Buzza) and handles Dee Anne Bryll’s choreography well.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Dylan Van Camp impresses vocally as Mary Sunshine. Across the board, the leads were strong, but I do think they could be a little bigger in their performances without sacrificing any believably.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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THE WOLVES Runs Nov. 15-23

XUT_The Wolves logoTHE WOLVES
Xavier University Theatre
Nov. 15-23
Gallagher Student Center Theater [Evanston]

Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene

Cast: Lauren Davidson as 00, Olivia Pletcher as 2, Gigi Relic as 7, Becky Williams as 8, Victoria Forbes as 11, Kennedy Florence as 13, Lily Dennstaedt as 14, Holland Taylor as 23, Liv Hardy as 46 & Tina Boffa as Mom

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. Adult language and situations.

  • Fri, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 21-23 at 7:30pm

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Cast Announced for VOICES FOR CHANGE at Xavier University

XUT_logoThe cast includes:

  • Steven Lindner
  • Nick Minion
  • David Ludwig
  • Faith Macko
  • Natalie Sendelbach
  • Aylssa Gries
  • Ally Knizner
  • Lillian Reynolds
  • Isabelle Trapp
  • Ari Chisamore
  • Valerie Waggal
  • Mia Helbig
  • Matt Sherman
  • Taylor Parks
  • Emmy Rice
  • George Grandi
  • Caroline Conard
  • Christine Gallagher
  • Cat Sholtis
  • Liz Sundstrom
  • Dylan Waters
  • Connor Williams
  • Zac Martin

Directed by Regina Pugh with a performance on December 7th.

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