"Once, long ago, The Wolf learned to take off her skin. She would leave The Wild, and run to a tiny town that had forgotten its own name. Right outside the town was an old, broken tree. She would come out of the woods, run to The Tree, peel away her skin, and step out, human."
 

WOLF

Wolf is a new folk opera, written by Aleah Black and loosely based on a Hungarian fairytale.  It revolves around questions of obligation, love, trauma, motherhood, and humanity. It follows the story of a wolf woman and her human family as they struggle to find a home in the world or the wild. Wolf is an examination of modes of storytelling, song, dance, visual arts, and poetry. With a live folk band and a pack of wolves it asks the audience to find the beauty of pain, to be vulnerable as a community.
It is a pack-song: a howl. 

 
 

 

Performance history:

2013 The Old Gym at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

 

 
 
"The day you shed your skin, do not expect music.
There will be no wine, save your blood.
There will be no dance, save your body.
You will lie in the mud and watch carrion crows gather at your feet like saints.
This will not be easy.

Do not stop breathing.
Someday you will wear both skins
And they will write songs about you.
They won't get anything right.
But you will be a creature of such expanse
No one will dare to call you useful.

Do it.
Do not apologize.

However things end,
Remember,
This was your choice."
 
 
 

The Wolf....................................................Emily Claypoole
Alpha....................................................................Abby Adler
Beta..........................................................JaQuan Beachem
Gamma............................................................Polina Vulakh            
The Soldier............................................Satwik Srikrishnan
The Daughter........................................Annarose Stewart
The Son.......................................................Evan Crommett
He Farmer.........................................................Ariel Gillooly
She Farmer.............................................Marissa Shadburn
The Stage Hand..............................Annie Garrett-Larsen

Guitar.......................................................Benjamin Dranoff
Mandolin/Bass..............................................Philip Torphy
Banjo/Accordion..........................................Theo Lowrey
Percussion......................................................Daniel Rison
Violin...............................................................Emma Ressel
Cello...................................................................Aleah Black

Set Design...............Lauren Barnes/Moriah Mudd-Kelly
Light Design.....Eileen Goodrich/Annie Garrett-Larsen
Costumes........................................................Brenda Black