The Wild

Rhythmic, muscular, and full of risk, The Wild is the world premiere of a devised laboratory theater performance based on the words of playwright Charles Mee, Dionysian rituals, and a pulsing mix of global folk performance. Walkabout Theater Company examines what happens to people when institutions crumble and deities fail to show up.


Directed by Thom Pasculli
Dramaturgy by Kendra Miller
Created with: Nigel Brown, Mac Dowd-Whipple, Al Evangelista, Cooper Forsman, Katie Mazzini, Dana Murphy and Paul Scudder
Set: Stephanie Pasculli
Original Lighting: Sarah Hughey
Touring Prod Lighting: Michael Banks
Sound: Cooper Forsman and Andrew Rovner
Production Stage Manager: Dina Klahn

“It is a wild ride, indeed, and one that heeds the siren call of rich visuals and incantatory ritual and high-octane movement…” Chicago Tribune, ★★★

“The Wild is part Martha Graham and Pina Bausch, part Fellini and Guillermo del Toro, and altogether brilliant in its mix of primal drives rational restraints. …a daring, stunningly surreal ritualistic feast of dance, drama, music, wrestling, and costuming magic…”
The Chicago Sun Times – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The Wild’s curious construction, sumptuous visuals and seductive physicality could leave you wanting a second go at it.” TimeOut Chicago – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Steppenwolf Garage Theater / Garage Rep / Chicago, IL / March-April 2014
Physical Festival Chicago / Links Hall / Chicago, IL / June 2015
Ball State University / Muncie, IN / October 2015
Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival / National School of Drama / Delhi, India / Feb 2016