“I have this image of Broadway that it’s reflective of this crazy city that we live in that has all kinds of people and all kinds of energy,” says director George C. Wolfe, who helms Taylor Mac’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus on Broadway. “So anytime I can bring something in that has an irreverent energy to defiant energy or joyful energy into that little small area, I feel like I'm playing my role as a citizen of New York and a citizen of this community.”
Wolfe is nominated for his direction, and the production earned seven nods in all—including Best Play.
This is Wolfe’s 14th Tony nomination, his 10th for directing. And Wolfe has been known to break the mold before. He is the visionary director behind the original production of Angels in America, but he’s also made his mark on the musical realm with boundary-pushing works like Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk and more recently with his star-packed Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
With Gary, Wolfe ushers in a macabre absurdist comedy following what could happen after Shakespeare’s bloody mess was left at the end of Titus. But underneath the pile of Roman bodies (compliments of Tony-nominated scenic designer Santo Loquasto), Wolfe and Mac are able to communicate that not only do we often have to clean up the mess of others, but that in cleaning up the mess we might be able to heal through art.
In our videon interview with the inimitable director, he shared with us the art that has most impacted him, who he would want to write the play about his life, and more.