Press Release - ​Underwriting for ​Mr. Wolf

Mr. Wolf Opens On South Coast Repertory’s Julianne Argryos Stage, Underwritten By The Playwrights Circle

COSTA MESA, CA, April 17, 2015.  South Coast Repertory Board President Sophie Cripe welcomed the audience of SCR supporters and their guests to the world premiere of Mr.Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Founding Artistic Director David Emmes and underwritten by The Playwrights Circle.

After acknowledging Emmes and Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson, Cripe introduced Managing Director Paula Tomei and Artistic Director Marc Masterson, who brought First Nighters up to date on the playwright.

“Rajiv Joseph is at an amazing place in his career,” Masterson said.  “After the success of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has been busy on projects for stage and screen; in fact, he isn’t with us tonight because he’s shooting a move in Morocco!  Rajiv was here during early rehearsals and will be back for the Pacific Playwrights Festival, and we’ve worked side by side with him on Mr. Wolf since its inception.  Many of you saw the reading at last season’s festival.  Tonight, we’re thrilled to present the world premiere of this brilliant play in which those characters whose lives have been turned upside down ask probing, possibly unanswerable questions.  If  we’ve done our job—and I believe we have—you will ponder them as you return to your own life.”   

Cripe added, “Mr. Wolf  received this outstanding production thanks to a unique group of underwriters called the Playwrights Circle. For a decade, these avid playgoers have underwritten a world premiere every spring, helping bring new work to Orange County and the theatre world.  We are grateful to the 2014-15 members, many of whom are here with us tonight,” she said, acknowledging Mary Ann Brown and Rick Reiff, Patricia Ellis, Carl Neisser, Barbara Roberts and Linda and Tod White.  (Unable to attend the First Night performance were Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Don and Sue Hecht, Tracy and Roger Kirwan and Sarah and Thom McElroy.)

“And…” Tomei added, “Here by my side, SCR’s board president, Sophie Cripe and her husband Larry.”  Tomei then invited everyone to the Cast Party after the show on Ela’s Terrace.

Among the First Night subscribers and their guests were:  Todd Smith & Ben Hood, Richard & Lu Ann Campo, Bob Stanley & Joanne Oliver and Richele & Guy Lowery,  John Campbell & Hoa Duong, Mary & John Carrington, Lynne & Jerry Lang.

To view photographs of the Cast Party for Mr. Wolf, please visit “SCR Party Play” after April 22nd at

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.