The Wolf at the End of the Block: A Play
by Ike Holter
Northwestern University Press
Paper: 978-0-8101-4160-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4161-2

Ike Holter’s taut and fast-paced The Wolf at the End of the Block tells the story of a young Latino named Alejandro, known as Abe, who seeks justice after being beaten by a Chicago policeman. A mystery that envelops Abe, his protective sister, and his boss, as well as the police department and a zealous investigative reporter, the play slowly discloses the hidden motives of the characters and the nature of a community long subjected to institutionalized oppression and neglect.
The Wolf at the End of the Block complicates and illuminates this urgent and timely story of police violence by avoiding the clichés of faultless victims and two-dimensional villains. Praised for its power and grace, the play is one of Holter’s most unforgettable.
The Wolf at the End of the Block is one of seven plays in Holter’s Rightlynd Saga, set in Chicago’s fictional fifty-first ward. The other plays in the cycle are Rightlynd, Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, Red Rex, and Lottery Day.

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