February 8, 2004 |
An assistant bounds into George C. Wolfe's office, the nerve center of the Public Theater in downtown Manhattan, to tell him that Harry Belafonte is on line 2. And by the way, is there anything he'd like from the deli on this chilly winter afternoon? "Yeah, I need some crack," the director-producer says, a provocateur's smile spreading across his lips.
November 20, 1998 |
George C. Wolfe, the brilliant and voluble producer of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, likes to tell friends that, in a past life, he was aboard the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage. It would be understandable for the onetime steerage passenger to be feeling "deja vu all over again," to borrow the famous phrase of Yogi Berra.
March 1, 1998 |
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has recently vowed to crack down on jaywalking New Yorkers, but it's unlikely the law could ever catch up with George C. Wolfe, the willful, energetic and restless producer of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Roger Rabbit himself couldn't better navigate the cars speeding down Lafayette Street, the wide boulevard in front of the bustling downtown theater complex Wolfe has headed since 1993.
November 23, 1997 |
Composer Anthony Davis and librettist-journalist-playwright Thulani Davis ought to be in pictures, or so it seems. They have a nice knack for beating Hollywood to the punch. The cousins' first operatic collaboration, "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X," landed on stage at New York City Opera a full six years before Spike Lee filmed his version in 1992. This fall, they're doing it again, although this time Hollywood is quicker on the rebound.
November 25, 1995 |
Ten years ago George C. Wolfe put himself on the theatrical map with his play "The Colored Museum," a hilarious vaudeville send-up of every oppressive stereotype the black community endured since the dawn of man, it seemed. Today Wolfe runs the noble institution that produced his play, now called the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Unlike Papp, whom he has since succeeded, Wolfe is also a brilliant director, currently represented on Broadway by an airy and magical "Tempest."
December 4, 1994
With reference to "Forget Jelly, George Is Jammin' " (by Patrick Pacheco, Nov. 20) and "It's a Public With a Punch" (by Laurie Winer, Nov. 27), I would like to correct a now-common misconception. While George C. Wolfe is indeed a writer and a director, he did not direct the stage production of his play "The Colored Museum" at New York's Public Theater in 1986. The director was L. Kenneth Richardson, then-artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Jersey, where the play had its world premiere under Richardson's direction.