This past weekend, Kira and I went to New York City to see Luchta (White Elk Luchta) perform as The Wolf in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Ivo van Hove.
Luchta's performance pulls the audience back into the show at the beginning of Act Two when he stalks across to center stage and pauses for a long moment while looking out at the audience before loping off. Normally quiet, the audience murmured and shifted under his gaze and many exclaimed "A wolf!" After the show, the audience was abuzz with conversations about Luchta and the house put up placards in the lobby with information about his trainer and the man who organized his performance with us, William Berloni, and the importance of animal conservation and humane training methods.
Luchta is on loan for the duration of the show to William "Bill" Berloni, recipient of a 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in Theater for his work in training animals for the stage. Bill pulled off a near-miracle when he trained Luchta for the role in a mere six weeks. We couldn't be more proud of him.