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Production Photos: Jon Tenney, Emily Ruth James, Tessa Auberjonois, John de Lancie, and Kwana Martinez in World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s MR. WOLF at South Coast Repertory through May 3

South Coast Repertory is presenting the world premiere of Mr. Wolf, by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Founding Artistic Director David Emmes through May 3, 2015. The cast for Mr. Wolf includes Tessa Auberjonois, John de Lancie, Emily Ruth James, Kwana Martinez and Jon Tenney.

This production began previews on April 12 and celebrated it’s opening night on April 17. It is part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

John de Lancie and Emily James in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

John de Lancie and Emily James in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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.

Emily James, Jon Tenney and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Emily James, Jon Tenney and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Click below to read the ocregister.com review.

‘Mr. Wolf’ tears at the fabric of deep emotions – and of the universe

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.

Playwright Rajiv Joseph on the set of his new play,

Playwright Rajiv Joseph on the set of his new play, “Describe the Night” at the Shubert Theatre in New York on November 21, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Rajiv Joseph came to national attention when his celebrated hit Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo became a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received an Outstanding New American Play Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. With direction by Moisés Kaufman, Bengal Tiger was a sensational hit at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles in 2009 and moved to the Mark Taper Forum in 2010 where the New York Times described it as a “boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama.” The show made its Broadway debut starring Robin Williams in March 2011. Joseph’s other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, All This Intimacy, and Animals Out of Paper (all at Second Stage Theatre); The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation, Alter Ego); Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre); The North PoolThe Lake Effect; and Guards at the Taj. He is the book writer and co-lyricist for the musical, Fly. Joseph also wrote for the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for its third and fourth seasons and was the co- screenwriter of the film Draft Day, which was released last year, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. 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. Joseph was named a 2010 Rockefeller Fellow by United States Artists. He is the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, the Whiting Award, the Glickman Award, the 2013 Equity Jeff Award for The Lake Effect, produced by Silk Road Rising in Chicago and the prestigious 2013 Steinberg Playwright Award from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Guards at the Taj was awarded the 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, given annually for an unproduced, full-length play of social relevance by an emerging American playwright.

Tessa Auberjonois and Jon Tenney in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Tessa Auberjonois and Jon Tenney in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Tessa Auberjonois, Jon Tenney, Emily James and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Tessa Auberjonois, Jon Tenney, Emily James and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Jon Tenney and Kwana Martinez in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Jon Tenney and Kwana Martinez in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Emily James and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Emily James and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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: www.scr.org.

Mr. Wolf is generously supported by The Playwrights Circle.

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run through May 3. Ticket prices start at $22.

Performance Dates, Times:

  • 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 ProductionsOf 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-May 3; 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: www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei, 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. Of SCR’s 487 productions, one-quarter 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.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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