October 26 – November 13, 2016

World premiere at Abrons Arts Center, NY

Written by Seth Bockley & Anne Hamburger
Directed by Seth Bockley
Movement by Devon DeMayo & Patrick McCollum
Music by Kyle Miller & Towr’s, Kyle Henderson & Desert Noises and Gregory Alan Isakov

Starring Holly Demorro, Caitlin Goldie, Taylor Noble, Riley Suter, Welker White, Jake Williams, and Luke Zimmerman

Set Design by Carolyn Mraz
Lighting Design by Scott Bolman
Costume Design by Claudia Brown
Sound Design by Mikhail Fiksel
Video and Projection Design by Mike Tutak
Dramaturgy by Morgan Jenness

A pulsating new multimedia documentary theater piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America.Wilderness is anchored by six real families’ stories, narratives that elucidate issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity, inspired by firsthand interviews and field research conducted by En Garde Arts’ Executive Producer Anne Hamburger and co-writer, director Seth Bockley. In Wilderness, six adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: how do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?

“Despite the complexity of its structure, the production’s emotional fluency is bell-clear.”

The New York Times

Photo Gallery


On the Culture Front: Kings of War, WILDERNESS, and More
The Huffington Post
November 10, 2016

Teens vs. Nature: WILDERNESS Explores the Therapeutic Power of Roughing It
The Village Voice 
November 3, 2016

‘Wilderness’ Is Urgent, Fresh Theater
The Georgetowner
October 12, 2017

Review: Teenagers Grapple With Their Demons in WILDERNESS
The New York Times 
October 26, 2016

Therapy Becomes Theater in WILDERNESS
The New York Times
October 20, 2016