George C. Wolfe Biography (1954-)

Full name, George Costello Wolfe; born September 23, 1954, in Frankfurt, KY;son of Costello (a government clerk) and Anna (an educator; maiden name, Lindsey) Wolfe. Addresses: Office: New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003-7087.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, director, producer
Birth Details
September 23, 1954
Frankfurt, Kentucky, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • Summer Suns/Tales of Night, Inner City Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 1978-1979
  • Spunk (includes "Story in Harlem Slang," "Sweat," and "The GildedSix Bits"), New York Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1989 then Public/Martinsen Hall, New York City, 1990 later produced in repertory, 1990
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Public Theatre, New York City, 1990-1991
  • Minimum Wage, 1991
  • Jelly's Last Jam, Mark Taper Forum, 1991 then Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1992-1993
  • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Walter Kerr Theater, NewYork City, 1993
  • Angels in America: Perestroika, Walter Kerr Theatre, 1993-1994
  • Blade to the Heat, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1994
  • (And cocreator with Savion Glover) Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1996-1999
  • The Tempest, New York Shakespeare Festival, Central Park, 1995 then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • On the Town, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Central Park, New York City, 1997-1998 then Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Amistad, Civic Opera House, Chicago, 1998
  • Macbeth, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, 1998
  • Buzz Cuts, 1998
  • The Wild Party, Virginia Theatre, 2000
  • Stage Producer
  • Blade to the Heat, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1994
  • The Petrified Prince, 1995
  • The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Public Theatre, New York City, 1998 thenBroadway production, 2000
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • The Wild Party, Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Julius Caesar, Delacorte Theatre, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • A Delicate Balance, 1996
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Coproducer, The Supreme Court's Holy Battles, PBS, 1989
  • (As George Wolfe) Creator and producer, Marcel Proust: A Writer's Life, PBS, 1993
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "The Colored Museum" (musical), Great Performances, PBS, 1991
  • "Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS,1992
  • "In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway," Great Performances,PBS, 1993
  • "Fires in the Mirror," American Playhouse, PBS, 1993
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Story of a People: Expressions in Black, syndicated, 1991
  • The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Signature: George C. Wolfe, PBS, 1997
  • Episodic
  • "Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS,1992
  • "In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway," Great Performances,PBS, 1993
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Finding Christa, 1991
  • Cat lover, Fresh Kill, Strand Releasing, 1993
  • Himself, The Papp Project, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Up for Grabs, 1975
  • Block Party, 1976
  • Back Alley Tales, Inner City Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 1978
  • Book and lyrics, Paradise! (musical), Cincinnati Playhouse in thePark, Cincinnati, OH, then Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, both1985-1986
  • Book and lyrics, The Colored Museum (musical), Crossroads TheatreCompany, New Brunswick, NJ, 1985-1986 then Public/Susan Stein Shiva Theatre,New York City, 1986-1987 later Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1987 produced in repertory, 1987-1989
  • Libretto, Queenie Pie (musical), Eisenhower Theatre, New York City, 1986-1987
  • Contributor, Urban Blight, City Center Theatre/Stage One, New YorkCity, 1988
  • Spunk (adaptation of stories by Zora Neale Hurston; includes "Story in Harlem Slang," "Sweat," and "The Gilded Six Bits"), New York ShakespeareFestival, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1989 Public/Martinsen Hall, 1990 produced in repertory, 1990
  • Book, Jelly's Last Jam, Mark Taper Forum, 1991 then Broadway production, 1992
  • Blackout, Public Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • (With Michael John LaChiusa) Book, The Wild Party (musical), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Television Specials
  • "Hunger Chic," Trying Times, PBS, 1989
  • Television Episodes
  • "The Colored Museum," Great Performances, PBS, 1991
  • "Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS,1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Dramatists, 6th ed.
    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, December, 1994, p. 14
    • Essence, December, 1997, p. 68
    • New Criterion, January, 1999, p. 43
    • New York Times, April 15, 1990 April 19, 1992, p. H6
    • Variety, November 20, 2000, p. 35

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