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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Permission to Discover

“Ultimately, theatre is about creating a sense of wonder, and I think wonder is achieved not by a kind of wide-eyed silliness but by being available to that which is most unknown, inside the material and inside yourself.” – George C. Wolfe

Born on this date in 1954, Wolfe is an American playwright and director in both theater and film.   He won a Tony Award for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony for his direction of the musical Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk.  He’s currently directing the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington in the lead role.

A native of Kentucky, he started writing both poetry and prose while still in high school and continued his writing at Pomona College in California, where he first tried his hand at writing plays, something he almost immediately fell in love with.    That led to a MFA in dramatic writing and musical theater at New York University and a career that has led to dozens of writing, producing and directing awards.  In 2013 he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

“Confidence comes in going on personal journeys in a public arena and feeling as though you have a right to do that,” he said.   “You have to give yourself permission to discover what you need to discover and not worry about how pretty the journey is. If you're aware of the pretty, you're not going to dig into the mess.”

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