The original text
The play explores the relationship between two youths who are patients in a psychiatric ward — one of whom claims to possess the supernatural powers of the wolf. The boys, on the verge of manhood, try to keep life magical, while coming to grips with the harsh reality of an ugly adult world.
First performed in Edmonton, Canada, in 1981, then done at 25th Street Theatre, Saskatoon, in 1982, before a opening in Toronto in 1984 (a production by Theatre Passe Muraille, featuring one of the first significant acting roles for Keanu Reeves).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1995: A South African adaptation was staged by the Quantum Theatre Company at the Grahamstown Festival in 1995, directed by Warren Nebe, with Richard Moultrie (David), Adam Pike (Bernie), Wayne Harrison (Albert) and Irene Stephanou (mother). Music by Glenn Morton.
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