Mr. Wolf - 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival
by Rajiv Josph
directed by Matt Shakman
PACIFIC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
SEGERSTROM STAGE
April 26, 2014 - April 26, 2014

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The only world 17-year old Theresa has ever known revolves around Mr. Wolf. He taught her the universe. When she’s taken from him and thrust into the arms of well-meaning strangers, she must grapple with who she is and where she belongs.

A $75 package to see all four readings and The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (in the Nicholas Studio) is available online, or by calling the Box Office at (714) 708-5555. This package is available to SCR Super Subscribers for $65—only by phone.

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.

Mia Barron* (Hana) is making her SCR debut. Her recent theatre work includes the premiere of Bruce Norris’s play, Domesticated (Lincoln Center Theater) and Nicholas Martin’s revival of The Show Off (Westport Country Playhouse). Her Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, and QED and off-Broadway in What Once We Felt (Lincoln Center Theater) The Pain and the Itch, She Stoops to Comedy, The World Over (Playwrights Horizons), Knickerbocker (The Public Theater), Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club), Hillary (New Georges), co-wrote and performed Big Times (Leigh Silverman, director), new works with Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions and 13P. Her regional work includes House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper Forum), She Stoops to Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Doug Hughes’ production of Farragut North (Geffen Playhouse), The Old Globe, Long Wharf Theatre, Humana Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater. Her film credits include I Smile Back, 27 Dresses, Righteous Kill and Rememory. On television she has appeared on “Newsroom,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Elementary,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Medium,” “Sarah Silverman Program,” “Newsreaders,” “Numb3rs” and “Venture Brothers,” (voice of Molotov/Cartoon Network).  Her upcoming projects include Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She earned her MFA from NYU.

John de Lancie* (Mr. Wolf) returns to SCR, where he has appeared in a half-dozen productions and readings. His film credits include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Women on Top, Reign on Me, Pathology, Crank2 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, The Seattle Repertory, The Mark Taper 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 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 numerous 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 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 is a graduate of Kent State University and The Juilliard School. 

Kaitlyn Dever* (Theresa) is making her SCR debut. She currently stars in ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” and is featured in the films, The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. She has a supporting role in the film, Laggies, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and the lead in the upcoming indie drama Grass Stains and the upcoming film Men, Women and Children, with Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Garner. Her other television, cable and film credits include Bad Teacher, J. Edgar, the FX drama “Justified,” the HBO movies Cinema Verite, with Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and the late James Gandolfini, and An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Mentalist,” “Modern Family” and “Private Practice.” Dever knew she wanted to act since the age of five. She took gymnastics, ballet and skating, and at age nine, enrolled at the Dallas Young Actors Studio.

Laura Heisler* (Julie) appeared at SCR previously in The Language Archive and the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of You Are Here, The Droll and Kin. She made her Broadway debut in Coram Boy, and has appeared off-Broadway and regionally, including at Geffen Playhouse (Build and Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Miss Julie), Playwrights Horizons (The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, Doris To Darlene, People Be Heard, and Kin, for which she received Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Top Girls and Bus Stop), The Old Globe (Compleat Female Stage Beauty and The Taming of the Shrew), McCarter Theatre (A Seagull in the Hamptons), Naked Angels (The Mistakes Madeline Made), Soho Rep (Everything Will Be Different), New York Stage & Film, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Humana Festival, and many others. She originated the role of Eurydice in the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at Madison Repertory and the role of Lily in the world premiere of David Adjmi’s Stunning at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Her film and television work includes YellowBrickRoad, Cold Souls, Forged, Coach, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Defenders,” “Bones,” “Numb3rs,” “Ugly Betty,” and recurred on “The Middle.” 

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 David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People opposite Jane Kaczmarek.  He starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Heiress on Broadway as well as the national touring company of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning The Real Thing directed by Mike Nichols. Tenney starred in the award-winning David Mamet play, Speed-the-Plow, opposite Alicia Silverstone. At The Old Globe, he played Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and starred in Terrence McNally’s Up In Saratoga opposite Mary Louise Parker. Tenney appeared in seven seasons of “The Closer,” opposite Kyra Sedgwick. The series received 4 SAG Award nominations for best ensemble cast. He has been reprising his role in the spinoff, “Major Crimes.”  He is also recurring heavily on the popular ABC series, “Scandal,” and will next appear in the Michael Hoffman feature, The Best of Me. His other film credits include Legion, Stepfather, Rabbit Hole, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, You Can Count On Me, with Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick and Mark Ruffalo, Tombstone opposite Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, Fools Rush In, Lassie and Oliver Stone’s Nixon.  In 1989, he co-starred alongside Candice Bergen in the TV series “Murphy Brown” (as Josh) the older brother of Miles.  

Jaycob Hunter (Stage Directions Reader) is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program.