Discipline: Literature

Ruth Wolff

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1982

Ruth Wolff is a playwright. Her Notable Women—and a Few Equally Notable Men (Broadway Play Publishing), is a collection of nine of her biographical plays preceded by the essay, Dramatizing Lives—The Art of Writing the Biographical Play, in which Wolff shares her considerable knowledge and experience in the subject. The Abdication premiered at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been presented throughout the United States and around the world. Wolff wrote the screenplay for the film of the play that starred Liv Ullmann and Peter Finch. Her play Sarah in America, which premiered at the Kennedy Center, starred Lilli Palmer and was directed by Sir Robert Helpmann. Wolff wrote the screenplay for The Incredible Sarah starring Glenda Jackson. Empress of China premiered at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. The Second Mrs. Wilson premiered at the Barter Theatre. Other plays in the volume are The Perfect Marriage (Playwrights Theatre of East Hampton); Hallie (Playwrights Theatre of New York); Eleanor of Aquitaine (O'Neill Theatre Foundation); George and Frederic (University of Utah); and Joshua Slocum Sailing Around the World (Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre). Additional plays include Aviators, The Fall of Athens, Buffaloes, The Shakespeare Road, The Ardent Philanthropist, Hotel Victory, The Sky Pool, and Faustiana.

A native of Massachusetts who now lives in New York, Wolff is a member of The Dramatists Guild; the Writers Guild of America, West; and the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Kennedy Center Bicentennial Commission.



Ruth Wolff worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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