Press Release - Mr. Wolf

The Mystery of Mr. Wolf—Rajiv Joseph’s New Play Premieres at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif.— Playwright Rajiv Joseph doesn’t want to disclose much about his new play, Mr. Wolf, other than a hint: it’s a psychological mystery. The play, commissioned by South Coast Repertory, has its world premiere on SCR’s Julianne Argyros Stage, April 12-May 3. It’s directed by Founding Artistic Director David Emmes. This production is part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available at

Here’s the set-up: 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. But when we meet her, the only life she has ever known is coming to an end. When the center of her world disappears, she must come to terms with how to find her place in it.

“Rajiv deftly examines the cost of being lost and being found, and he does this with strong and beautiful writing,” said Artistic Director Marc Masterson.

Among Joseph’s plays are Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; The North Pool; The Lake Effect; and Guards at the Taj. He is the book writer and co-lyricist for the new Peter Pan musical, Fly, and the co-screenwriter of Draft Day. He earned a bachelor of arts in creative writing from Miami University and a master of fine arts in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

The cast for Mr. Wolf includes Tessa Auberjonois, John de Lancie, Emily Ruth James, Kwana Martinez and Jon Tenney.

The design and creative team includes Nephelie Andonyadis, scenic design; Leah Piehl, costume design; Lap Chi Chu, lighting design; Cricket Myers, sound design; and John Glore, dramaturg. The show’s production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Sue Karutz. 

Mr. Wolf
is generously supported by The Playwrights Circle.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Mr. Wolf

 May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run April 12-May 3. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run April 12-16.

Performance Dates, Times:

  • Previews
    • Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, April 14-16 7:45 p.m.
      Note: Friday, April 17, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, May 3.
    • Evenings:
      • Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 and April, 25-26, at 7:45 p.m.
      • Tuesday-Friday, April 21-24, April 28-May 1, at 7:45 p.m.
    • Matinees:
      • Saturdays-Sundays, April 18-19, April 25-26, and May 2-3, at 2 p.m.
  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22. Discuss the play with cast members of Mr. Wolf during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, May 2, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Mr. Wolf. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross, March 27-April 26; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, April 12-May 3; Theatre Movement Bazaar’s BIG SHOT: A.K.A. This is Not the Godfather, April 22-May3; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The 18th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 24-26. More information is available online:

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.