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"A shut-out WIN" – San Francisco Chronicle

"Marvelously effective...fresh, and utterly involving—FOUR STARS" – Marin Independent Journal

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls’ indoor soccer team warms up. 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 nine American girls who just want to score some goals. 

The Wolves, Ms. DeLappe’s first play, premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, after an engagement with New York Stage and Film and development with Clubbed Thumb and The Great Plains Theatre Conference. It won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Prize. The Wolves received MTC’s 2016 Sky Cooper Prize and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Performance Schedule


Tue - Sun 7:30pm


Sun (Preview) Mar 17, 4pm
Thu (Perspectives) Mar 29, 1pm
Sat, Mar 24 & Apr 7, 2pm
Sun Mar 25, Apr 1, 8 & 15, 2pm

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Opening Night (Mar 20) $60 $55
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Matinees $49 $44
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MTC Engaged Special Events




Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

7:00 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

Post-Show Panel Discussion

Post-Show Panel Discussion

Weds., April 11 | 9:00 PM | Following the 7:30 PM performance.

We Are the Wolves! Join us on Wednesday, April 11 for a post-show panel discussion with members of The Wolves cast about what it takes to pursue arts careers as young women. Moderated by MTC literary manager Laura Brueckner.


  • Nicole Apostol Bruno

    Nicole Apostol Bruno


    Nicole Apostol Bruno is a Bay Area based actor. She has appeared regionally in The Crucible at Los Altos Stage Company; Much Ado About Nothing at Marin Shakespeare Company; Best of Playground 21 at Playground SF; Peter and the Starcatcher at Hillbarn Theater; Let’s Get Galactic! and Outspoken (YouthAware Tours) at New Conservatory Theatre Center. Other regional credits include understudy performances in Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, and the world premiere adaptation of Great Expectations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; devised piece Family Affair at the Lunacy Theatre Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Oregon University.

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  • Jannely Calmell

    Jannely Calmell


    Jannely Calmell is very excited to be performing for the first time at MTC! She has been studying at College Of Marin the past few years working toward her degree in Theater and Dance. Some of her recent work includes; Gossamer at College of Marin directed by Lisa Morse, Sylvia at Ross Valley Players directed by Buzz Halsing, A View From The Bridge at The Shelton Theater directed by Will Marchetti, and Cabaret at Ross Valley Players directed by James Dunn. Jannely welcome you to The Wolves and hopes you enjoy the show!   

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  • Carolyn Faye Kramer*

    Carolyn Faye Kramer*


    Carolyn Faye Kramer (#8) is thrilled to be working at MTC for the first time. An NYC based actor, some credits include The Diary of Anne Frank at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (dir Tina Landau) and Olney Theatre Center (dir Derek Goldman), Emma at Cleveland Play House, Necessary Monsters and The Many Faces of Nia workshops at Huntington Theatre Company, What Rhymes with America at The Public Theatre, Emission at Theater for the New City, End Days at Next Theatre Company, Six Impossible Things and Eurydice with Filament Theatre Ensemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Theater 2020, and Glassheart with Shrewd Productions. Some television and film credits include The Family (ABC), LFE (CBS), Adam BloomGirl PartsIn Memoriam, Holding Cell, Sunshine Away, and web series The Deported. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Shakespeare & Company STI program.

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  • Isabel Langen

    Isabel Langen


    Isabel Langen is making her Marin Theatre Company debut. Her recent credits include Mary V (Theater for the New City), the title role in Brecht’s Antigone (NYU), Polaroid Stories (NYU), A Midsummer Night's Dream (NYU) and Cymbeline (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Originally from Berkeley, she began her training at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied Commedia dell'Arte in Florence, Irish Theatre in Dublin, Shakespeare at RADA in London, and Brecht in Berlin.

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  • Betsy Norton*

    Betsy Norton*

    #00 Goalie

    Betsy Norton is normally a stage manager in the Bay Area and is beyond thrilled to take a break from the norm to be a part of this brilliant ensemble. Norton would like to thank everyone involved in the production for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing show and is, as always, a proud member of Actors Equity.

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  • Neiry Rojo

    Neiry Rojo


    Neiry Rojo is incredibly excited to be appearing on MTC’s stage for the first time in The Wolves. A Bay Area theater artist and educator, Rojo has previously worked with The Cutting Ball Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Ross Valley Players, Los Altos Stage Company, The Breadbox Theatre, PlayGround, Palo Alto Players, Quantum Dragon Theater, and more. Favorite roles include Trinculo in Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest, Queen Elizabeth I in SCS’s production of The Beard of Avon, and Marela in RVP’s Anna in the Tropics. She works as a teaching artist with the American Conservatory Theater and holds an M.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz.

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  • Emma Roos*

    Emma Roos*


    Emma Roos is thrilled to be at Marin Theatre Company for the first time. An NYC based actor, recent credits include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, and Sweeney Todd (Glimmerglass Festival), Luisa in Nine and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Emma holds her BFA from Syracuse University in Musical Theatre. A San Francisco native, she is so happy to be home.

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  • Sango Tajima

    Sango Tajima


    Sango Tajima (#25) has appeared at MTC as Webster in Shakespeare in Love and Mowgli in The Jungle Book. An Oakland-based actor, she has appeared in The Mineola Twins and Life is a Dream at Cutting Ball Theater; Stegosaurus (or) Three Cheers for Climate Change at FaultLine Theater; Clown Mama at Ragged Wing Ensemble, Bad Kitty at Bay Area Children's Theater; and We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R. at Theatre Battery (Seattle, WA). She is a member of a political theatre collective, The Bonfire Makers, with whom she has created and performed We Go Boom and PLACE to LAND. Tajima is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Acting.

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  • Portland Thomas*

    Portland Thomas*


    Portland Thomas is a New York based actor. International Theatre: Sacred Sky Sacred Earth in Florence, Italy. Off-Broadway: Fit for a Queen at Classical Theater of Harlem; Regional: BEDLAM’s Hamlet & Saint Joan at McCarter Theatre; The Syringa Tree at Creede Repertory Theater. Portland is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts studying at the Experimental Theater Wing and Stonestreet Studios. She would like to thank God and her awesome family for their support and wants you to be encouraged as you walk through life!

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  • Liz Sklar*

    Liz Sklar*

    Soccer Mom

    Liz Sklar is thrilled to be back at Marin Theater Company where she last played the title role in Anne Boleyn. Most recently she was seen as Annie in the Real Thing at The Aurora Theatre Company and Desdemona in Othello at Cal Shakes. At Marin Theatre Company she played Liz in The Whale, Jenny June in Failure: A Love Story, the Amazon in Lasso of Truth, Aemilia in Othello, Masha in Seagull & a chorus member in the world premiere of Bellwether. Other credits include Trouble Cometh & Becky Shaw - SF Playhouse, Care of Trees - Shotgun Players, A Christmas Carol - A.C.T., King John & Winter’s Tale - Marin Shakespeare Company. Sklar holds a BA in Theater Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Acting from A.C.T.

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  • Lyle Belger

    Lyle Belger

    #2 (understudy)

    Lyle Belger is a sophomore at Redwood High School and has been on one stage or another for most of her life. Active in the American Conservatory Theater Young Conservatory program, Lyle is a member of their Cabaret Ensemble and has performed in two summer productions. Most recently, she played Else in Homefront, and prior to that she played Tina in I'm still Standing, both original musicals by former ACT YC director, Craig Slaight. Lyle's most memorable role from earlier in her childhood was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Outside of musical theater, Lyle trains and performs  at Roco Dance, where she is a member of the Body Language Company. She also studies voice and guitar and can be found walking local runways as a fashion model. Lyle is thrilled to be part of this amazing cast and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from so many talented people behind the scenes!

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  • Lily Bogas

    Lily Bogas

    #13 (understudy)

    Lily Bogas is a sophomore at Tam High School and is so grateful to MTC for this opportunity. She is a member of American Conservatory of Theatre’s Cabaret Ensemble and her drama department at school, CTE. She has also performed with Throckmorton Theatre, where she will be playing Cinderella in the spring. She wants to thank her parents and her mentors Donna Cerio and Zachary Gordin for all the support and life long lessons they have given her. Enjoy!

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  • Bella Cvengros

    Bella Cvengros

    #00 Goalie (understudy)

    Bella Cvengros, a sophomore at Marin School of the Arts, is thrilled to be part of The Wolves at MTC. Most recently, she has been seen as Sarah Nancy in the American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory production of Blind Date and as Sally in The College of Marin’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.  She also performed as a Lost Boy in The Mountain Play's Peter Pan.  For the past two summers Ms. Cvengros has attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and hopes to attend a pre-college theatre program again this Summer.  She would like to thank her family for all of their continued support. Enjoy the show!

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  • Matilda Darragh-Ford

    Matilda Darragh-Ford

    #25 (understudy)

    Matilda Darragh-Ford is a delighted to be working at Marin Theatre Company on this amazing play. She has performed in several musicals with Marilyn Izdebski Productions. Additional performances include On the Verge with ACT Young Conservatory, as well as Unplugged and Short on Floor 24 at Drake Little Theatre. She played soccer until 8th grade and is currently a sophomore at Sir Francis Drake High School.

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  • Lili Gibson

    Lili Gibson

    #7 (understudy)

    Lili Gibson is a sophomore at Redwood High School. She is a proud member of the American Conservatory Theatre’s Cabaret Ensemble. You may have seen her in Throckmorton’s Mary Poppins as Ms. Corry ( 2016 National Youth Arts Award Winner Outstanding Actress in a Musical), as Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity, or as Daniela in The Heights. Lili thanks her mother for her endless support, and hopes you enjoy The Wolves

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  • Isabella Kaplan

    Isabella Kaplan

    #8 (understudy)

    Isabella, a sophomore at San Domenico High School, is elated to be performing in the understudy cast for “The Wolves” as #8. She is also currently working with the Throckmorton Theater Company, playing Vanessa in “In The Heights”. Her favorite roles have included: Diana Morales in “A Chorus Line” and Winifred from “Mary Poppins”. Along with musical theater she started the “Advanced Acapella” group at her school, and has performed at gatherings including The San Rafael Street Painting Fair, The Sweetwater Music Hall and The Marin County Fair. Some of her favorite extracurriculars include singing and songwriting, track, and playing the guitar, piano and ukulele. 

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  • Samara Malik

    Samara Malik

    #46 (understudy)

    Samara Malik is a high school senior at Redwood High School in Larkspur, and has been acting since the 3rd grade. Most recently, she’s acted in her high school’s productions of Plan 9 From Outer Space: The Musical; Almost, Maine; as well a different production of The Wolves (her favorite play) where she also played #46. She interns at MTC where she’s worked on shows such as Dear Edwina and Seussical: The Musical, as well as co-taught youth classes. This spring, Samara is also an actor in Redwood HS’s submission to the Mother Lode Theatre Festival in Amador, California, and is directing a production of Awesome Ghosts of Ontario. She looks forward to pursuing her theatre career at Northwestern University this fall. She sends love to her mom, dad, and dog.

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  • Luci Paczkowski

    Luci Paczkowski

    #14 (understudy)

    Luci Paczkowski is thrilled to be making her Marin Theater Company debut. She is currently a sophomore at San Domenico High School. She is a violinist and singer at her schools rigorous music conservatory, The Virtuoso Program, which trains and prepares young artists for a career in the music world. Additionally, she trains with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and is a former member of their Youth Cabaret. She has performed with numerous companies around the Bay Area, such as Marilyn Izdebski, YES Theater, and A.C.T. Her recent credits include Val (A Chorus Line), Sandy (Grease), and Margot (Legally Blonde).

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  • Angelica Zuber

    Angelica Zuber

    #11 (understudy)

    Angelica Zuber was born in Sydney, Australia and made her stage debut at the age of six as Little Alice in Alice in Wonderland. After performing in the Marin Shakespeare Company main stage production of Macbeth as the Macduff Child in 2011, she appeared in other Marin based productions ranging from Annie (Annie), Willy Wonka  (Veruca Salt), and Hamlet (Lord Polonius). She has worked as a voiceover artist for the past 5 years for Libii Girls Games, and portrayed Genevieve in the award winning stop motion short film, Mermaids on Mars. Angelica is currently a sophomore at Tamalpais High School, and has trained at the American Conservatory Theater, Stage Door Manor in New York, Marin Shakespeare Company, and with Suzanne Darley for voice. She is a Junior Olympic All American javelin thrower, and played 8 years of competitive soccer. Her favorite MTC shows are Fences and August: Osage County.

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Creative Team

  • Sarah DeLappe

    Sarah DeLappe


    Sarah DeLappe’s play The Wolves (Relentless Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize; Pulitzer Prize finalist; Susan Smith Blackburn and Yale Prize finalist) premiered at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement with New York Stage and Film, and development with Clubbed Thumb. It was subsequently remounted at Lincoln Center Theater. Fellowships and developmental support include The MacDowell Colony, The Ground Floor, LCT3 Playwright in Residence, Ars Nova Play Group, Page One Fellowship at The Playwrights Realm, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Sitka Fellows Program. MFA: Brooklyn College. 

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  • Morgan Green^

    Morgan Green^


    Morgan Green is a theater director and co-founder of New Saloon (, a Brooklyn-based experimental theater company. Most recently she directed Milo Cramer’s new play, Cute Activist, at The Bushwick Starr. Last summer she helmed three productions at the Sharon Playhouse including a controversial update of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, Caryl Churchill’s spooky one-act, Far Away, as well as the latest version of New Saloon’s MINOR CHARACTER, a multi-translation adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. MINOR CHARACTER also appeared at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, and The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn where it earned multiple New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Outstanding Director. Morgan was the Associate Director for Amelie, A New Musical on Broadway directed by Pam MacKinnon. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, an alumni of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and Williamstown Theater Festival, and a 2014-2015 Bob Moss Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons. Morgan is overjoyed to return to Marin, where as a young woman she graced many soccer fields with her chatter, and performed on this very stage in the role of  “evil stepsister” in a youth-theater production of Into the Woods. Directing Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves on this stage is an ideal homecoming.

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  • Kristen Robinson

    Kristen Robinson

    Scenic Designer

    Kristen Robinson is a NYC based set designer, her work ranges from site-specific installations, to outdoor Shakespeare. She is pleased to be designing at Marin Theatre for her first time. Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine issue 4, and her design for Rapture Blister Burn won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA from Yale. You can see her work at

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  • Masha Tsimring

    Masha Tsimring

    Lighting Designer

    MTC: The Way West. NEW YORK: Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen); Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr); Heart of Darkness (BAC); Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page73); Minor Character (New Saloon/Invisible Dog); The Place We Built, Wolf in the River (The Flea); The Bachelors, Wyoming (Lesser America) REGIONAL: Noura (Shakespeare Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, In The Next Room (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); As You Like It (CalShakes); My Fair Lady (Playmakers Rep); Constellations (Wilma); As You Like It/Three Muskateers (PSF); Music Man, Minor Character (Sharon Playhouse; The Price, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Member of the Wedding (Triad Stage); Grounded (Interact); Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile); American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Way West (Marin Theatre Co.); 4000 Miles (Hangar Theatre) INTERNATIONAL: CONTRA-TIEMPO DanceMotion Tour (BAM/South America); Romeo & Juliet - Associate (Bolshoi, Moscow); LoveFail - Associate (OperaDagen, Rotterdam/Amsterdam) OTHER: Sarabande (LA Dance Project); The Garden of Forking Paths (Nichole Canuso Dance Co.); Agua Furiosa (CONTRA-TIEMPO) TRAINING: Emerson College, BFA/Yale School of Drama, MFA WEB:

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  • Katherine Nowacki

    Katherine Nowacki

    Costume Designer

    Katherine Nowacki is a Bay Area based costume designer and stylist. Recent work includes 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Gem of the Ocean' at Marin Theatre Company, 'Brownsville Song: B Side for Tray' at Shotgun Players, 'To the Bone' at Ubuntu Theatre Project, 'A Raisin in the Sun' and  'A Winter's Tale' at California Shakespeare Theater, and 'Death of a Salesman' at Theatreworks Colorado Springs. Her designs have been seen throughout California, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas. She holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University, a BFA from Southern Oregon University, and studied dance/ performance art/ and multi-media design as part of a graduate workshop at the renowned artist residence and laboratory 'Les Subsistances' in Lyon, FR.

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  • Madeleine Oldham

    Madeleine Oldham

    Sound Designer

    Madeleine Oldham is very happy to be working with MTC for the first time. She has designed sound for Z Space, SF Playhouse, Crowded Fire, Shotgun Players, JustTheater, the Bay Area One-Act Festival, and PlayGround, among others. She produces Radio Dunya on KALX radio, 90.7fm, and you can hear her on air at other times as DJ Madame X. 

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  • Laura Brueckner

    Laura Brueckner

    Production Dramaturg

    Laura Brueckner has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over 20 years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators stellar artists such as MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson, Christopher Chen, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Mina Morita, Marissa Wolf, Idris Goodwin, Lachlan Philpott, and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, Marin Theatre Company. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire. A current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she holds a B.A. in English dramatic literature (magna cum laude) from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from U.C. San Diego.

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  • Dori Jacob

    Dori Jacob

    Casting Director

    Dori Jacob joined Marin Theatre Company as the casting director in May 2015. For the previous four seasons, she served as the director of new play development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and dramaturged its world premieres of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes, Christina Anderson’s PEN/MAN/SHIP, and John Kolvenbach’s Sister Play. As resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, Ms. Jacob’s credits include 2011-2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series, and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Further Bay Area dramaturgy/producing/casting credits include: Assassins at Shotgun Players, Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process at SOMArts, Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables, and Elizabeth Hersh’s Shelter in Place at Playwrights Foundation. Ms. Jacob previously served on the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network, is a current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz and N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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  • Giselle Boustani-Fontenele

    Giselle Boustani-Fontenele

    Associate Director

    Giselle’s directing credits include Susan Glaspell’s Trifles in London’s fringe theatre scene and Dustin Lance Black’s 8 in Los Angeles’s North Hollywood Arts District. She has assistant directed Jon Fosse’s Someone is Going to Come in London’s fringe theatre scene and Donald Margulies’s Sight Unseen at the Boston University School of Theatre. Giselle is a recent graduate of Boston University (BU), where she majored in Anthropology and Religion and completed a rigorous Theatre Arts minor at the BU College of Fine Arts. At BU, she studied dramaturgy and dramatic literature under dramaturg Ilana M. Brownstein and British contemporary theatre under British theatre critic Aleks Sierz. She also spent ten weeks with The Pasadena Playhouse’s Artistic Department as its Community Organizer Summer Intern. Giselle enjoys rapping, trying not to fall off her longboard, and is fascinated by the power of communal art. 

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  • Sean McStravick

    Sean McStravick

    Stage Manager

    Sean McStravick is thrilled to return for their 20th production at Marin Theatre Company. Currently based in Chicago, Sean has supported productions all over the continental United States at companies including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Back Seat Theatre, Shotgun Players, Porchlight Music Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and the Willows Theatre Company. Sean is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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  • Mara Dilts

    Mara Dilts

    Understudy Stage Manager

    Mara is delighted and honored to be joining the MTC family. She recently graduated from University of Warwick in the UK with an MA in Film Studies. She also received her BA in History from Richmond University in London. In her studies, she focused on the power and influence of visual media, examining theatrical production, and specifically focusing on the works of William Shakespeare. She is excited to begin her theatrical journey, here at the MTC!

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers


  • Marin Theatre Company’s ‘The Wolves,’ about a girls’ soccer team, a shut-out win

    Let’s say your mental image of high school girls already goes beyond the upward-inflecting, “like”-spouting, phone-dependent stuff of pernicious and tired stereotype. Maybe you already know that, among intimates, young women can be ribald, aggressive (that’s emphatically not passive-aggressive), tell-it-like-it-is — qualities we typically allow only their male counterparts.

    Even if you’re so enlightened, Marin Theatre Company’s “The Wolves” paints young womanhood with the sort of breathtaking verisimilitude that can’t but humble you. Set exclusively during the warm-ups of an elite girls’ suburban soccer team, Sarah DeLappe’s play, whose West Coast premiere opened Tuesday, March 20, offers a forbidden window into an insular world.

    Conversation is so unfiltered, so private, that you want to hold your breath for fear of disrupting it. Even the banal chitchat that opens the show mesmerizes. Subject matter bounces from menstruation to China’s censorship of the Internet to the Khmer Rouge, delivered in a flurry that’s as athletic and as dizzying as the girls’ myriad stretches and drills, which they execute as if they were synchronized swimmers.

    The program refers to the nine players not by their names but by their jersey numbers, and one of the show’s foremost delights is to see those numbers emerge into fully fleshed-out individuals, and then reemerge into still more complicated, more multifaceted beings. There’s awkward new girl #46 (Neiry Rojo), who has a way of creepily sidling up behind someone that Peter Lorre would envy but whose background turns out to be far more cosmopolitan than her more provincial teammates can fathom. There’s #25 (Sango Tajima), the team captain forced to be more of an adult than the rest as she takes on coaching duties their actual coach, hungover or asleep, at best phones in. There’s #2 (Isabel Langen), who, though more sheltered than her peers — “We don’t have a TV” — also evinces uncommon maturity. She can issue a genuine apology when she goofs up out of naivete, and she has the empathy to envision and lament someone else’s hardships.

    The actors, directed by Morgan Green, own their characters with marrow-deep certainty. Langan gives #2 a tremulousness that’s equally capable of bursting into tears or cheering with a stentorian peal. Rarely has someone reveled in stoner argot as joyfully as Nicole Apostol Bruno’s #13, all “rad,” “dude” and “righteous.” As #8, Carolyn Faye Kramer walks through the world with such all-consuming shock and dismay that you pine for a spinoff “#8 Show” that’s just her saying “eww” and “you guys” all the time.

    Wins and losses ostensibly move “The Wolves” forward — not just in the games but in injuries, in college scouts being interested in some players but not in others, no matter how hardworking or deserving they might be. But what strikes most about these plot points is how randomly doled out they seem — how any player, truly, could have been the one catapulted to further success or infelicitously benched. To see the play is to step back into high school and appreciate how much luck played a part in the teenage miracles or calamities we credited or blamed ourselves for.

    But “The Wolves” also paints all of youth as a miracle. To see it is to remember a time when you could make mortifying mistakes and then immediately rebound, when you were open enough to blunder your way into ceaseless learning. It conjures a time when the ball’s rustle on the Astroturf, the thrill of speed and skill, the appreciation of your teammates’ athletic prowess could be enough, as it never quite is again later in life, to unite a group of disparate creed and class in common purpose: to shoot and score.

    — Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle Read full review
  • Theater review: ‘The Wolves’ has bite in dynamic Marin Theatre Company debut

    There’s something fascinatingly unusual going on in the West Coast premiere of “The Wolves” at Marin Theatre Company. Playwright Sarah DeLappe’s debut play, which premiered off-Broadway in 2016, puts us in the room with a high school girls’ indoor soccer team somewhere in Middle America as they train and warm up for weekend games.

    Kristen Robinson’s spacious set really conjures up the wide-open expanse of an indoor soccer field, with high institutional walls and artificial turf. But more than anything, what creates the illusion of an actual team actually preparing to play is the deft physicality of the young performers in the all-female cast of 10 in this dynamic production directed by New York-based Marin native Morgan Green (who reportedly played soccer herself when she was a student at Redwood High School). Nine local high school students act as understudies.

    More often than not, the players are in motion. They’re stretching, doing exercises, kicking the ball back and forth with keen precision. And they’re always talking, sometimes conversing as a group, sometimes having overlapping cross-conversations, whether it’s about half-understood world events, tampons or gossip about classmates.

    The play is really a portrait of these young women, more as a team than as individuals. The players are never referred to by their names, although they sometimes mention unseen classmates by name, so when we actually hear a couple of their names late in the play it’s disorienting in an effective way.

    We get to know them to a limited degree by osmosis, just by hanging out and watching them do their thing. Sango Tajima functions as an upbeat team captain, rallying the troops in the absence of their unseen and seemingly useless coach. Emma Roos is the hotshot team striker who affects a hard-boiled, standoffish stance with her teammates, bonding mainly with Jannely Calmell in semi-abusive banter. Betsy Norton is largely silent but tremendously affecting as the anxiety-plagued lone wolf goalie who always clams up before matches and usually has to run off to throw up at least once.

    Isabel Langen is an earnest and insecure girl with an eating disorder, while Nicole Apostol Bruno is loud and hearty, Carolyn Faye Kramer bewildered and weepy, and Portland Thomas is contemplative and exhausted from talking to her two exhausting therapist parents. Neiry Rojo is amusingly and touchingly awkward in trying to join the conversation as a homeschooled newbie to the otherwise close-knit team.

    Liz Sklar enters late but makes an indelible impression as a Soccer Mom trying to remain upbeat in a devastating, rambling monologue. In a sense it’s the most play-like moment in the play, but it’s no less effective for that.

    The scene changes are dramatic in themselves, the blackouts further obscured by bright lights around the edge of the stage in Masha Tsimring’s lighting design and loud sounds of panting and percussive collisions in Madeline Oldham’s sound design.

    The play doesn’t have a plot in a conventional sense. Things happen, to be sure, but mostly between scenes, and they’re alluded to and talked around more than actually discussed. That makes it all the more alarming when it suddenly becomes starkly clear that something terrible has happened and our ears perk up to glean what it might be, hanging on any hint of details and scanning the stage for who’s as yet unaccounted for.

    “The Wolves” is marvelously effective at conjuring that sensation of just being in the room and scrambling to catch up with what’s happening in a way that feels fresh and utterly involving. It makes one curious to discover what else this first-time playwright might have in store for us in the future.

    — Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal Read full review

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