Nov. 20, 7 p.m., runs through Nov. 24, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., free, tinyurl.com/TheWolves-PPCC
The unfiltered lives of teenage girls play out in Pikes Peak Community College’s production of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. The play, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017, follows nine girls on an American indoor soccer team as they struggle with the massive and minute complexities of their lives and the world at large. Each scene opens as the warm-up to a soccer game, providing the viewer with an intimate insight into the frank conversations that go on between girls when no one is watching.
“I fell in love with this piece,” says director Sarah Shaver. “The script is so interesting in the way it uses parallel conversations.”
She provides an example of this method, describing the opening scene in which characters on one side of the room discuss menstruation and feminine hygiene products while across the stage, a different set of characters discusses the arrest of a murderous dictator.
“It mimics teenage girl conversations in a really exquisite way,” says Shaver.
Shaver also likes that the script has a sizable cast of female characters, a feature that is not always easy to find in popular plays.
“I think the performers are excited to have a significant ensemble role in a piece that is so decidedly feminine,” says Shaver. She also notes an interesting phenomenon that comes with directing an all-female cast — the actors themselves become as unfiltered as their characters.
“Girls uncensored by the presence of a male have a lot of interesting things to say,” says Shafer with a laugh.
In addition to its all-female cast, the play also proved unique in that it required a bit of offstage rehearsal. The actors spent several Saturdays in the park practicing soccer moves for some of the scenes. Many of the cast members are also dancers, so acting out feats of athleticism wasn’t too difficult.
Shaver describes the play as a slice of inner life across a spectrum of different experiences.
“I think everyone should be able to find a little bit of themselves in this.”
The show is offered for free to the community; the theater only requests that attendees bring in nonperishable food or toiletries for the PPCC food pantry. It will also feature shadow American Sign Language interpreting provided by PPCC students for all but the Nov. 22 performance.
Beginner's Capture the Flag
Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m., SecureSet, 523 S. Cascade Ave., free, tinyurl.com/SecSet-flag
Want to flex your fledgling hacking skills or acquire some new ones? Grab your laptop and head over to SecureSet for a Cyber Capture the Flag session developed for beginners in cybersecurity and hacking. Instructors will help you set up your computer and teach you how to navigate the beginner levels before setting you free to test your abilities. Pizza and drinks are included. Registration is required. Read the computer requirements carefully to be sure you’re not stuck playing Solitaire while everyone else has fun.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival Opening Night
Opening night: Nov. 15, 6-10 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $50-$185, rmwfilm.org
Back for its 32nd year, this festival features hours of exceptional cinema that present the diverse experiences of women. The weekend opens with a celebratory cocktail party and a screening of Moonlight Sonata, a powerful memoir about deafness, empathy, loss and strength. Filmmaker Taylor Brodsky will be in attendance during the screening. The rest of the weekend will feature 39 more films shown across five screens at Colorado College. Other activities include a filmmaker forum, an after-dark party with two exclusive film screenings and several filmmaker Q&A sessions.
Swing Dance Wonderland
Nov. 16, 7-10:30 p.m., Dance Wonderland, 2103 N. Weber St., $8-$10, tinyurl.com/DW-SwingWhirl
Give swing dancing a whirl at this friendly and fun party perfect for beginners and experts alike. If you’re new to swing, you can drop in an hour before the party and get a lesson in swing fundamentals for an extra $2. If you’re a master of fancy footwork, skip the lesson and hit the floor at 8 p.m. Feel free to bring a partner, but it’s not necessary. Plenty of people will be delighted to take a turn, even if you’re not all that sure-footed just yet. Dress comfortably and wear shoes with non-marking soles.
Winter Sports and Rec Expo
Nov. 20, 5-8:30 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free, CSYoungProfessionals.com
Winter in Colorado does not signal the end of sports, fitness and outdoor fun. It really just amounts to adding more layers and occasionally upgrading your flip-flops to closed-toed footwear. With that in mind, the Winter Sports and Rec Expo has arrived, ready to connect you with vendors, event organizers, local nonprofits and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. You might even find some indoor rec folks who can help you max out your endorphins when you can’t get outside.