The Wolves | Womens soccer team in practice uniforms running toward the horizon on soccer field


Written by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Marina Johnson

The Wolves, a one-act play by Sarah DeLappe, explores Saturday mornings in the lives of a suburban American high-school girls’ soccer team as they prepare for their weekly games. In their warm-ups, they negotiate their own sense of individuality while navigating what it means to be part of a team.  As they run drills, they discuss everything that feels important to them — war, menstrual products, genocide, sports, pop culture, and their relationships, ultimately navigating the triumphs and tragedies of adolescence — both minor and major.

Content Advisory: The Wolves includes harsh language and mentions of death.

Stanford TAPS seeks to build a diverse cast for this production and encourages members of any race, gender identity, and ability to audition. If any accessibility accommodations are needed please email for assistance.

In addition to its scheduled performances, this production may be live-streamed or recorded for public viewing.


A TAPS Main Stage production is a significant time commitment that comes with course credit (TAPS 122M) and requires rehearsals five to six times per week. Not all students will be called for every rehearsal, but participants will be expected to be available for each rehearsal unless they have listed it as a conflict. You can view the Rehearsal and Tech schedules in the right-hand column under “Important Resources.”

Rehearsals for The Wolves will be a collaborative process as each scene is dependent on the energy and group dynamic of the team. This play is a great opportunity for performers who want to explore work at the intersection of art and sport, and for people interested in ensemble-based work. We will also enjoy several Soccer Saturdays, where rehearsal begins inside and continues outside on Roble Field. 


Marina Johnson Headshot

Marina Johnson (she/they) is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Theater and Performance Studies Department at Stanford University, also pursuing PhD minors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She was a 2021-2022 Graduate Public Service Fellow with the Stanford Haas Center and the 2022-2023 co-artistic director of the Nitery Experimental Theatre on Stanford’s Campus. Marina has a BA and a BS from Penn State University and received her MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa. She is the co-host of Kunafa and Shay, a podcast produced by HowlRound Theatre Commons. Johnson is a member of Silk Road Rising’s Polycultural Institute and is a dramaturg with Golden Thread Productions’ 2023 ReOrient Festival. She has trained with the SITI Company and in the Kennedy Center Directing Lab. Prior to beginning her PhD, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College for three years.

Select recent directing credits include: The Shroud Maker (International Voices Project), Shakespeare’s Sisters (Stanford), The Palestinian Youth Monologues (Stanford), Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Beloit College), and In the Next Room (Beloit College). Additionally, she was the dramaturg for Julius Caesar (Stanford, 2022), assistant director and dramaturg on As Soon As Impossible (Stanford, 2021), dramaturg for Two Rooms (Penn State, 2021), and dramaturg and assistant director for Twice, Thrice, Frice (Silk Road Rising, 2019). Her work has been published in MATC’s Theatre/Practice, Eumenica, and in Arab Stages.


Auditions will be held as 15-minute individual time-slots between 7-10PM on Nov 1+2.


Please prepare a 1-3 minute contemporary monologue of your choosing that showcases you! If you are unable to prepare a monologue, cold reading sides will be provided in the audition room.


The Director is looking to cast 10 roles. The majority of characters are all part of a high school girl’s soccer team. 

  • #11 Midfield. Brainy, morbid, budding elitist, thoughtful. Seventeen.
  • #25 Defense, Captain. Classic (ex)coach’s daughter. Seventeen.
  • #13 Midfield. Stoner, older pot dealer brother, into her wackiness. Sixteen.
  • #46 Bench. New girl. Awkward, different, just wants to fit in. Sixteen.
  • #2 Defense. Innocent, unlucky, kind, skinny. Sixteen.
  • #7 Striker. Too cool for school. Sarcastic, “fuck”, thick eyeliner. Almost seventeen.
  • #14 Midfield. #7’s insecure sidekick. Just switched to contacts. Sixteen.
  • #8 Defense. Plays dumber than she is. Sixteen.
  • #00 Goalie. Intense performance anxiety, perfectionist, high achiever. Seventeen.


TAPS is also seeking design and rehearsal assistants for this production. Applications are due via email to TAPSinformation [at] General crew and behind-the-scenes inquiries are welcome as well!

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WED-THU NOV 01-02 from 7-10PM

 Callbacks SAT NOV 04 from 1:30-5:30PM


Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater


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Rehearsal Schedule 

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Rehearsal Script


If any accessibility accommodations with auditions or callbacks are needed please email for assistance.


This production was made possible in part by the Pigott Fund for Drama, the May Ellen Ritter Production Fund, and the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund.