Wolf on the Ringstrasse by Michaela Jeffery


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Wolf on the Ringstrasse by Michaela Jeffery

In Austria, 1895, the caustic composer Hugo Wolf pens his famous opera, Der Corregidor. It is a new dawn. The fin du siècle is breaking over Europe with the chilly clarity of a wet spring morning. Plagued by the spectre of his adolescent rivalry with school fellow Gustav Mahler, and manically consumed by a need to generate a work equal to those of the dead master Wagner, Wolf retreats, penniless and wretched, to the mountains and the childhood home of the wife of his most devoted patron, Herr Heinrich Köchert. But Melanie Köchert has no time for ghosts. She would rather bury the remnants of the relationship she’d kindled so long ago with Hugo Wolf - scorch the earth - than permit that life to engulf her again.

Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a ferocious, evocative exhumation of artistic life that challenges the romance of the singular, egoist ‘auteur,’ and the enduring music of monstrous men.

Keywords: history, art, music, composer, biography, period drama, ego, muse, tragedy, feminist, strong female character

Produced by Spirit Fire Theatre, Calgary AB, April 2019

Genre: Drama
Run time: 120 minutes
Male roles: 4
Female roles: 1
Musician roles: 1
Suitable for students 16+
"(FOUR STARS) Wolf on the Ringstrasse no tame piece of local theatre..."
"Standing Ovation for 2019 Theatre - Top 12 Productions in 2019"
"A gorgeous historical play of epic depth and beauty. If Chekhov wrote Amadeus about Hugo Wolf, it would have felt like this. The dialog and story are so rich and complex, my brain chewed on them like a Michelin star five-course meal."
- Kate Danley, USA TODAY Best Selling Author of The Woodcutter (review given via New Play Exchange)