Mr. Wolf
by Rajiv Joseph
directed by David Emmes
WORLD PREMIERE
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
April 12, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Mr Wolf

When Rajiv Joseph puts pen to paper, he ignites the theatre world. He has thrilled audiences with plays like the Broadway hit Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and now comes his most provocative drama yet—a psychological mystery that will keep you guessing up until the end. The universe is vast, but 15-year-old Theresa seeks to understand how and why it came to be. Her guide in that quest is a man named Mr. Wolf. Now, the only life she has ever known is coming to an end.  With the center of her world gone, how will she find her place in it?

Previews: April 12-16, 2015
Opening Night: April 17, 2015
Regular Performances: April 18 – May 3, 2015

Recommendation: High school and above.  Profanity.

Running Time: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Rajiv Joseph has written the plays Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize;Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper;The North Pool; and The Lake Effect. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the new Peter Pan musical, Fly, and the co-screenwriter of the recent Lionsgate release, Draft Day. He also wrote for the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for seasons three and four. Joseph received his BA in creative writing from Miami University and his MFA in playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Cast
Tessa Auberjoinois
Tessa Auberjonois (Hana) previously appeared at SCR in Absurd Person Singular, Becky Shaw, Crimes of the Heart, A Wrinkle in Time, Lobby Hero, Hold Please, Everett Beekin and numerous Pacific Playwrights Festival and NewSCRipts readings. Her favorite roles include Lady Macbeth (The Antaeus Company); Lydia Languish in The Rivals, title roles in Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Country Wife (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Myra in Hay Fever (Westport Country Playhouse); Viola in Twelfth Night (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Leah in Bones (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Allison in Trainspotting (off-Broadway); and numerous other off-Broadway and regional appearances. She can be seen and heard frequently on television, film, radio, audiobooks, music videos, web series and video games. Auberjonois is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama. @TAuberjonois

John de Lancie
John de Lancie (Mr. Wolf) returns to SCR, where he has appeared in a half-dozen productions and readings including the NewSCRipts and Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of Mr. Wolf. His film credits include The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Woman on Top, Reign Over Me, Pathology, Crank 2 and The Marriage Counselor. He has appeared in numerous television shows including “Torchwood,” “Breaking Bad,” “Star Trek” and “The West Wing.” He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and The Old Globe. In the world of music, de Lancie has performed with the New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. He was the host of the L.A. Philharmonic’s “Symphonies for Youth,” as well as writer/director/host of “First Nights,” an adult concert series at Disney Hall. He has directed operas including Tosca, Cold Sassy Tree, Madame Butterfly, The Abduction from the Seraglio and La Cenerentola. He has performed and directed plays for L.A. Theater Works and was co-owner, with the late Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices, a production company devoted to the dramatization of classic science fiction. He has just finished producing a documentary on the wonderful phenomenon of Bronies. De Lancie recently completed a lifelong dream of sailing his boat to the South Seas and back.

Emily James
Emily James (Theresa) is thrilled to be making her first appearance at South Coast Repertory. Raised in Louisville, Ky., she attended Youth Performing Arts School where she began her journey in theatre. Upon graduation, she moved to California to continue her training. She is currently in her final year in the BFA acting program at California State University, Fullerton. She was recently seen as Jane in CSUF’s production of Smash. Her other credits include Nina in Hearts like Fists, Eliante in School for Lies and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing.

Kwana Martinez
Kwana Martinez (Julie) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut. She most recently portrayed Antigone in The Curse of Oedipus at The Antaeus Company. Martinez is a Vassar and Harvard graduate who began her career working at New York Theatre Workshop, La MaMa Etc., New Dramatists and The Flea in New York City. She has appeared on stages across the country including Denver Center Theatre (Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor), Milwaukee Repertory (Delia in Blues for an Alabama Sky), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Miranda in The Tempest), Contemporary American Theatre Festival (Amy in Tape), as well as American Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Alley Theatre and Hartford TheaterWorks. Her work on California stages includes San Jose Repertory (Pilar in Sonia Flew), North Coast Repertory (Beth in String of Pearls), Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara (Sonia in Crime and Punishment), The Colony Theatre (Aouda in Around the World in 80 Days) and The Old Globe (Nell Gwynn in Compleat Female Stage Beauty), as well as the Laguna Playhouse, Center Theatre Group and Pasadena Playhouse. Martinez is on television and film in numerous commercials, HBO’s Imagine, and “Numb3rs.” kwanamartinez.com

Jon Tenney
Jon Tenney (Michael) appeared at SCR previously in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain. On stage, Tenney most recently starred in the Los Angeles premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People at the Geffen Playhouse (opposite Jane Kaczmarek). Other Pacific Coast credits include David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow (Geffen Playhouse), Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire (Mark Taper Forum) and Terrence McNally’s Up in Saratoga and Romeo & Juliet (The Old Globe). His Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of The Heiress (opposite Cherry Jones), Beth Henley’s Impossible Marriage (opposite Holly Hunter), Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs, A.R. Gurney’s Sweet Sue (opposite Lynn Redgrave and Mary Tyler Moore), as well as the national tour of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols. His off-Broadway credits include The Substance of Fire (Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center Theater), John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars in the House of Plenty (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. His film credits include You Can Count On Me, Tombstone, Fools Rush In, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World and Rabbit Hole, among others. His many television credits include seven seasons opposite Kyra Sedgwick on TNT’s award-winning “The Closer,” reprising his role on its spin-off “Major Crimes,” as well as directing multiple episodes. Most recently, Tenney has been seen playing Vice President Andrew Nichols on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal,” and will next be seen opposite Ron Perlman and Dana Delany on Amazon’s new original series “Hand of God” and alongside Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde in the feature film Love the Coopers.
Creative Team
David Emmes (Director/Founding Artistic Director) is co-founder of South Coast Repertory. He received the Margo Jones Award for his lifetime commitment to theatre excellence and to fostering the art of American playwriting. In addition, he has received numerous awards for productions he has directed during his SCR career. He directed the world premieres of Amy Freed’s Safe in Hell, The Beard of Avon and Freedomland, Thomas Babe’s Great Day in the Morning, Keith Reddin’s Rum and Coke and But Not for Me and Neal Bell’s Cold Sweat; the American premieres of Terry Johnson’s Unsuitable for Adults and Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show; and the Southland premiere of Top Girls (at SCR and the Westwood Playhouse). Other productions he has directed include New England, Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest, Woman in Mind and You Never Can Tell, which he restaged for the Singapore Festival of Arts. He has served as a theatre panelist and onsite evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a panelist for the California Arts Council. After attending Orange Coast College, he received his BA and MA from San Francisco State University and his PhD in theatre and film from USC.

Nephelie Andonyadis (Scenic Design) previously designed scenery at SCR for Charlotte’s Web, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Summer Moon and The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); costumes for Absurd Person Singular, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Saturn Returns, Emilie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Safe in Hell, The Dazzle; and both costumes and scenery for Relatively Speaking and The Stinky Cheese Man. Andonyadis is member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Her recent projects there include scenic designs for Café Vida, Flor, The Unrequited (Between Two Worlds), Three Truths, Jason in Eureka, Los Illegals and California: The Tempest; and costume designs for Plumas Negras and Boda de Luna Nueva. Her scenic or costume designs at other regional theatres include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, Guthrie Lab, Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Acting Company, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre. Andonyadis is a professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Redlands. She is a graduate of Yale University School of Drama and Cornell University School of Architecture, and the recipient of an NEA/TCG design fellowship.

Leah Piehl (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she designed The Light in the Piazza, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Robin Hood and The Borrowers. Her other select credits include Race (Kirk Douglas/Center Theater Group), Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse), The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group); Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theatre/Center Theatre Group); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Stardust (REDCAT); Intimate Apparel (Pasadena Playhouse, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle winner, Best Costume Design); The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse, Ovation nominated); The Doctor’s Dilemma and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Futura, The Pain and the Itch, Tartuffe (The Theatre @ Boston Court); bobrauschenbergamerica, Tree (Inside the Ford); Boom, Men of Tortuga (Furious Theatre Company); Saudade (UCLA Live); and Full Still Hungry (Ford Amphitheater). She recently designed the feature film All Stars. Her work has been featured at MOMA, Art Basel Miami and 2010 Whitney Biennial. Piehl teaches at USC and CalArts; she has a BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA in costume design from CalArts. leahpiehl.com

Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design) has designed regionally for SCR, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage and Evidence Room. His New York design credits include The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122 and Kitchen Theatre Company. His awards have included the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation award, multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a “Drammy” for best lighting, as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for The Good Negro at The Public Theater. Chu is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Cricket S. Myers (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR after designing Zealot, Trudy and Max in Love, 4000 Miles, The Fantasticks, The Parisian Woman, Sight Unseen, Elemeno Pea, The Trip to Bountiful and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Her designs off-Broadway include the 16-month run of The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Arts, Upstairs). She also has designed regionally at the Ahmanson Theatre (Sunshine Boys), Mark Taper Forum (Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Vigil, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), La Jolla Playhouse (Sideways, The Nightingale), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (In the Wake), Arena Stage (Book Club Play), Kirk Douglas Theatre (Twist Your Dickens, The Little Dog Laughed), Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold), La Mirada Theater (Carrie, Dinner with Friends) and Geffen Playhouse (Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls, Emergency). Myers has earned 16 Ovation nominations, and won the Kinetic Award for Design Excellence, an Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and a Garland Award in Los Angeles. cricketsmyers.com

John Glore (Dramaturg) has been SCR’s associate artistic director since 2005, following five years as resident dramaturg for L.A.’s Center Theatre Group. He previously served as SCR’s literary manager from 1985 to 2000. He has worked as dramaturg on more than 100 SCR productions, workshops and readings, including the Pacific Playwrights Festival world premiere of Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis and music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. His ongoing collaboration with Culture Clash has included co-writing new adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds (co-produced by SCR and Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 1998) and Peace (at the Getty Villa in 2009), and serving as dramaturg on four other Culture Clash productions. His own plays have been produced at SCR, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and other theatres across the country. His adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time debuted at SCR in 2010 and has since moved on to more than a dozen productions nationwide.

Sue Karutz (Stage Manager) has been part of the stage management team on more than a dozen productions at SCR. Elsewhere, she has toured with The Black Rider (London, San Francisco, Sydney, Los Angeles), Wicked (Chicago, L.A., San Francisco), Les Misérables (U.S., Canada, China and Korea) and Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (Russia and Belgium). Off-Broadway, she earned her Equity card on Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly. Karutz has stage-managed for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Deaf West, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Alpine Theatre Project and The National Theatre of the Deaf, and she also spends some of her time running shows at Disneyland Resort.
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