jeffrey wolf

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When I put down Where the Red Fern Grows in the third grade, that was it: I had to become a writer. Below are links to some of my plays and writing samples from some of my longer works. Feel free to read them and contact me with questions and comments.

  Plays  
Full Length Plays Short Plays (approx. 10 minutes or shorter) Children's Plays Monologues
Shakespeare's Curse Slipping into Anarchy The Worst Play in the History of Ever PQRS
Memories of Lost Time No Ideas Today   Brenda Finds a Penny
Starters Lincoln on the Train     
 Drowning the Stream The Department of Famous Last Words     
Park Bench Boo Who    
  Lost Autumn     
  Singularity    
  Up & Down    

Shakespeare's CurseShakespeare's Curse - A playwright tries to reclaim glory and show the world she still has the ability to create something beautiful by creating a play about the origins of the Scottish Play curse. During her attempt, however, accidents and misfortunes befall those around her, all under the watchful eye of a ghost. In the end, either she succumbs to the curse's power, or realizes her own strength.

One Night Stand Theater hosted a staged reading of my newest full-length play, Shakespeare's Curse, on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado.





I took some great pictures during one of the rehearsals:
One Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Shakespeare's CurseOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Shakespeare's CurseOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Shakespeare's CurseOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Shakespeare's CurseOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Shakespeare's Curse

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Memories of Lost Time - Near the start of the play, a character says: "He was dead by the time I got there." As the story unfolds, we learn it is a man's last night in prison after he is proven innocent and is going to be released. The man, and those around him, must decide if a person can remain himself while trying to survive incarceration, and how sudden salvation can evolve from a long time of sadness. This play is inspired by Tim Masters. In 1999, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 10 years later, he was exonerated and set free.

In 2012, my full-length play, Memories of Lost Time, was part of The Edge Theatre's "On Your Feet" series. Ten pages were read on July 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. in Lakewood, Colorado. Now, I get to make rewrites to the play and I hope to become part of the theatre's full-script reading series during the fall of 2012. Memories of Lost Time was also one of the two winners of the Firehouse Theatre Project's annual new play festival in Richmond, Virginia from June 28 to July 1. It was also read and considered for production by The Distilled Theatre on June 21, 2012 in New York City. Here's a picture from a rehearsal and more pictures from the reading:

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It was shortlisted in The Internationalists Playwriting Contest in 2012 and a semi finalist for Wordsmyth Theater Company's reading series. It was also one of four finalists for the Thunder River Theatre Company's New Play Festival. The play is inspired by Tim Masters. In 1999, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 10 years later, he was exonerated and set free.

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Starters - The play takes the audience inside the locker room of a high school basketball team after an accident claims the lives of five team members. The five remaining players attempt to cope with the tragedy and decide if they can move on.

Another of my full-length plays, Starters, had its world premiere with the Denver Repertory Theatre at the Playwright Theatre in April 2005.

Starters poster

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The Worst Play in the History of Ever - Jeremy should feel great when his play is picked to be performed by his class. But when the director wants rewrites, his lead actor keeps fainting, and sock puppets invade the stage, not even the help of a Fairy Godmother may be able to save it from being The Worst Play in the History of Ever.

A children's play, The Worst Play in the History of Ever, had its world premiere at the Center for the Arts of Homer in upstate New York on April 15, 16 & 17, 2016.

Hammonton Middle School in Hammonton, New Jersey is doing a new production in April 2017 or at another time in the spring of 2017. The school has been a joy to work with so far and I'm so excited for them to show people this wonderful play.

The Homer production was spectacular and I'm sure the New Jersey performances will be just as wonderful.

I was able to attend the world premiere in New York and the cast and crew made me, and the rest of the audience, laugh very hard. They also created this fun piece of art for the play:

The Worst Play in the History of Ever


Here are some pictures from the production:
Adam and Holly from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverErnestine and Nancy from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverThe Fairy Godmother from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverJeremy, Jenny, and Julie from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverQuentin and Archie from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of Ever

The Madisons from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverShana and Mrs. Wright from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverShana and Archie from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverThe full cast from the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of Ever

This is the actor who played Quentin in his
incredible pig outfit backstage:
Quentin backstage at Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of Ever

Here I am with some cast members after the performance:
Me with the actor who played Jeremy in the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of EverMe with the actor who played Adam in the Homer production of The Worst Play in the History of Ever


Before this, it was also performed by a cast of amazing students as part of the Chameleon Theatre Circle's 14th Annual New Play Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. I was able to fly up and see the festival and it was really wonderful. They even gave me one of the sock puppets they used in the performance. Here's a picture:

Chameleon Theatre Circle sock puppet

Earlier, The Worst Play in the History of Ever was also a finalist for the 2013 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival at the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre. The festival was April 27-28, 2013 in Ohio. As part of the festival, the theatre created this great promotional photo on Facebook:

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre promotion

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Slipping into Anarchy - The play introduces the audience to an older couple in the middle of their morning routine; as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina intrudes into their lives, he tells her he poisoned her cup of coffee.

My short play, Slipping into Anarchy, is one of my most successful.

An actress who was cast in the production of Slipping into Anarchy when it was performed in England a few years ago (see below, Debbie Bridge, has turned it into a movie! Remember that the play has language that is NSFW before you watch it. Thank you so much for your hard work Debbie!

Slipping into Anarchy was performed three times in 2013. The final time was on Nov. 8-10 in Brooklyn, NY after it was selected as part of The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company's "See, Hear, Taste, Touch" festival. Earlier in 2013, it was part of the By the Light of a Match: Bad Love festival by Snorks and Pins Productions in New York on Feb. 8-9, 2013. As part of the promotion for the festival, they posted an interview with me on Facebook. That same weekend, Slipping into Anarchy was part of One Night Stand Theater's performance on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at The Vintage Theatre in Aurora. Additionally, it was performed in the Salve Regina University play festival on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Casino Theatre in Newport, Rhode Island. Earlier in 2012, it was performed as part of 2012's Theatre Roulette at MadLab Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. They created a trailer for it and put it up on YouTube:



They also put a few production photos online:

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Slipping into Anarchy was also chosen as part of Little Fish Theatre's 2011 Pick of the Vine; as part of Turtle Shell Productions' 8 Minute Madness Playwrights Festival in 2011; and was also picked as part of Cluj Theatre's premiere season in Romania in 2011. It won second place as part of the Sussex Playwrights' Club 10 Minute Play Competition at the New Venture Theatre in Brighton, England. Here's a picture from that production:

Slipping into Anarchy at NVT

In July 2010, Slipping into Anarchy was named a finalist at the 14th Annual NYC's 15 Minute Play Festival presented by Turnip Theatre Company in association with the American Globe Theatre in April 2008. It was also part of the Magnolia Arts Center's 10-Minute Play festival in November 2010. Additionally, it was selected for a reading and workshop at the 2007 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region.

The idea for Slipping into Anarchy originated when I saw a newspaper headline during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Here is a copy of a few pages from the newspaper:

Slipping into Anarchy newspaper headlineSlipping into Anarchy newspaper page 2Slipping into Anarchy newspaper page 3

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Singularity - The play tells the story of a girl who wanted to write about black holes. Then she got scared, fearing the Large Hadron Collider will destroy everything, ripping her apart piece by piece.

One Night Stand Theater recently performed a staged reading of my short play, Singularity, as part of Apocalypse Tonight!, an evening of plays and stories about disasters both global and personal, goofy and gloomy, on Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado.
I've included some pictures of the cast from the rehearsal:

One Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of SingularityOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of SingularityOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of SingularityOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of SingularityOne Night Stand Theatre rehearsing for the staged reading of Singularity

Singularity also received a reading and workshop at the 2009 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region on August 8, 2009.

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No Ideas Today - A playwright hopes that the days of the week are funny. He tries to get a waiter to brainstorm with him as he struggles to write a short play for a contest, but the waiter keeps poking holes in the idea. (The roles in this play can be played by men or women.)

My short play, No Ideas Today, was recently chosen by Ashland Community Theater in Ashland, MA for its "Dinner Conversations" production scheduled for Dec 1-3, 2016. Here are some great pictures from one of the rehearsals:

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Rehearsal for No Ideas TodayRehearsal for No Ideas TodayRehearsal for No Ideas Today

It was also a semi-finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Shorts Play Festival.

No Ideas Today was also included in the 2012 North Park Playwrights Festival in San Diego. It was performed on Oct. 19-21 and they sent me these pictures:

2012 North Park Playwrights Festival2012 North Park Playwrights Festival

It was also a semifinalist for Little Fish Theatre's 2013 Pick of the Vine festival in Southern California and it was named as a semifinalist for the Lakeshore Players' 8th Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest in Minnesota. It was originally written and performed for the 2009 Bootcamp Showcase for the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region.

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Up & Down - A beautiful woman walks into a man's life and he must make a decision: Take the risk and talk to her before the elevator ride is over, or stay silent and remain afraid. When he finds out the voices in his head arenít as quiet as he thought they were, it forces his hand and then he severely regrets his choice for lunch.

My short play, Up & Down, was chosen to be part of "Roses and Thorns: A One Night Stand Valentine" on Feb. 12, 2017 at The Vintage Theatre, in Aurora, Colo. by One Night Stand Theater. People laughed incredibly hard during the reading and it was great fun!

Roses and Thorns

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Lincoln on the Train - President Abraham Lincoln is on the train to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where he will give his history-making speech. He is visited by the devil posing as a soldier and offering a deal.

Another short play, Lincoln on the Train, was part of "One Night Stand Goes to War" on Feb. 9, 2014 at The Vintage Theatre, in Aurora, Colo. One Night Stand Theater did a wonderful performance of this piece and I was so proud to be part of their night of theatre. Here are a few stills from one of the rehearsals:

Lincoln on the Train rehearsalLincoln on the Train rehearsalLincoln on the Train rehearsal

Lincoln on the Train was also read at Rough Draught Playwrights' 2nd Open Mic Theatrical Playground on Oct. 13, 2012. Here are pictures of me and my play being read:

Rough Draught Playwrights' 2nd Open Mic Theatrical PlaygroundRough Draught Playwrights' 2nd Open Mic Theatrical Playground

Rough Draught Playwrights also posted a video talking about what it is and it features some clips of the plays, including a short clip of Lincoln on the Train. Here is the video:

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The Department of Famous Last Words - The play welcomes you to a place where Queen Elizabeth, Julius Caesar and Oscar Wilde write the famous quotes people on Earth deliver just before they die. Now they have a new employee who came up with his own epitaph, but he's too embarrassed to say what it was.

The Department of Famous Last Words was part of the 2011 Future Ten play festival in Pittsburgh. Performances were Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12, 2011. It was also performed as a staged reading for One Night Stand Theatre in September 2010 and was read as part of a benefit for Vintage Theatre in August 2010. It was also presented as a staged reading for the premiere of Theatre Cafe at the Mercury Cafe in Denver in May 2009 and it was selected as a winner of the Boot Camp Challenge at the 2007 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region.

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Boo Who - A ghost tries very hard to be scary, but his friend George says it's a completely failed attempt. Why would he think cutting holes in his sheets is scary?

Boo Who is my new one-minute play. Spokane Stage Left picked it to be part of its first annual staged reading of super-short plays, called "Fast and Furious." The staged readings were on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2014 in Spokane, Wash. They put video of the performance up on YouTube. You can watch it starting at 7:32:



I also got a couple of pictures (it appears they are the same, but one is in black and white) of the performance:

Boo Who in ColorBoo Who in Black and White

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Lost Autumn

In June 2007, my short-play, Lost Autumn, and my one-act play, Life is Not a Rehearsal, had readings with the 5th Circle Theatre Company in Boulder County, Colorado.

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Park Bench

I earned my degree in Journalism at the University of Denver, where I had a production of my first play, Park Bench, in the spring of 2001.

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PQRS

In addition, my monologue, "PQRS," was part of Remembering 9/11: Collected Writings in September 2004, and I had a reading of my full-length play, Drowning the Stream, at the Colorado Free University in December 2005.

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For more about my writing career, you can read my artistic resume.

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