Students enrolled in Dramatic Literature joined Performing Arts Chair Tom Dugan in attending a play co-directed by Suffield Academy alumna Jasmine Brooks ’14 on February 13. The Boston-based theatre artist holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, School of Theatre and was named one of the National New Play Network’s Producer in Residence in June 2019. She is currently in residence at Company One Theatre as Assistant to the Artistic Director and is also the Boston Project Coordinator at SpeakEasy Stage.
“Acting and directing have become my primary passions, but I don’t feel limited to those two roles as a theatre maker,” she says. “My work is devoted to uplifting the POC voices through theatre.”
Written by Hansol Jung and directed by Summer L. Williams with help from assistant director Jasmine Brooks, Wolf Play runs from January 31 to February 29 at Rabb Hall located in the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street. Southpaw boxer Ash is on the verge of her pro debut when her wife Robin adopts a Korean boy off the internet without technically checking with Ash first. However, realizing the boy would be raised without a dad, the boy’s first set of foster parents develop second thoughts about his ensuing adoption. Critics claim Jung’s Wolf Play is a deeply theatrical hunt for familial connection in the wilds of 21st century America.
Tom Dugan commented, “It was an incredibly moving piece of theater. Kudos to Jasmine and the entire company on a wonderful performance. Our students enjoyed the trip to Boston, seeing a new work being produced, and getting a chance to meet Jasmine. Wolf Play left us a lot to discuss in class and allowed us to see another perspective on the American family.”