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Bess Wohl

 
Bio:
Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (featured in top ten lists in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Post, and others, currently on a national tour), AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA (multiple Ovation Award nominations), TOUCHED, IN, CATS TALK BACK and PRETTY FILTHY, in collaboration with ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (featured in top ten lists in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Post, and others, currently on a national tour), AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA (multiple Ovation Award nominations), TOUCHED, IN, CATS TALK BACK and PRETTY FILTHY, in collaboration with ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Alegra

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[Off-Broadway, 2014]
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  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Alegra

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Bess Wohl Biography

Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (featured in top ten lists in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Post, and others, currently on a national tour), AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA (multiple Ovation Award nominations), TOUCHED, IN, CATS TALK BACK and PRETTY FILTHY, in collaboration with Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Her newest play, CONTINUITY, was recently developed at Chicago’s Goodman Theater as part of the New Stages festival.

She also writes for film and television and her film, IRREPLACEABLE YOU, premiered on Netflix in February of 2018, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Christopher Walken, Kate McKinnon and Steve Coogan. She won an Athena Award for her original screenplay, VIRGINIA and her screenplay, IN, was included on Hollywood’s Black List of best scripts. She has developed original television projects for HBO, ABC, USA, FOX and others.

Her plays have been produced or developed at theaters in New York and around the country, including Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theater, People’s Light and Theatre Company, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Vineyard Arts Project, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Fesitval, Ojai Playwright's Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, PlayPenn and the New York International Fringe Festival (Award for Best Overall Production).

In 2015, Bess won the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for ‚Äúestablishing herself as an important voice in New York theater.‚ÄĚ Other awards include the John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award. She currently holds new play commissions from Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage, The Williamstown Theatre Festival and Hartford Stage. She is a MacDowell fellow, an associate artist with the New York based investigative theater troupe, The Civilians, and an alumna of Ars Nova‚Äôs Play Group.

In her previous life as an actress, Bess appeared onstage in New York and regionally, and in numerous films and TV shows where she has given birth, solved crimes, committed crimes, been wrongly accused, and come back from the dead.

She is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.


Bess Wohl Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Play
Bess Wohl, Grand Horizons
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - John Gassner Award Gold Star
Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award Gold Star
Bess WohlAmerican Hero, Pretty Filthy, Small Mouth Sounds

Bess Wohl News

Steven Pasquale, Phillipa Soo, Alex Edelman & More to Join Williamstown Theatre Festi Photo Steven Pasquale, Phillipa Soo, Alex Edelman & More to Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2022

Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2022 WTF Gala in New York City will be held at City Winery on Monday, November 7, 2022. The evening will mark the return of the Late-Night Cabaret, a beloved tradition at the Festival.

Coolidge Corner Theatre & The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Name 2022‚ą'23 Science On Sc Photo Coolidge Corner Theatre & The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Name 2022‚ą'23 Science On Screen Grant Recipients
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 27, 2022

Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation named the 2022‚ąí23 recipients of their nationwide Science on Screen grant program this week, awarding grants totaling $245,000 to 40 independent cinemas, museums, and community groups with film programs.

Johnny Berchtold Joins the Cast of CAMP SIEGFRIED at Second Stage Photo Johnny Berchtold Joins the Cast of CAMP SIEGFRIED at Second Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

Johnny Berchtold will join the cast of the New York Premiere production of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new play from Tony Award-nominee BESS WOHL (2ST’s Grand Horizons and Make Believe), directed by Tony Award-winner DAVID CROMER (The Band’s Visit, 2ST’s Man from Nebraska) at Second Stage Theater.

World Premiere of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS to be Presented at Lincoln Center Theate Photo World Premiere of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS to be Presented at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 will present the world premiere production of YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS, a new play by Julia May Jonas, directed by Annie Tippe, which will begin performances Saturday, November 19 and run for six weeks only through Saturday, December 31 at the Claire Tow Theater.  Opening night is Monday, December 5.

Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER to Premiere Off-Broadway in Spring 2023 Photo Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER to Premiere Off-Broadway in Spring 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER will begin previews on March 15, 2023 and will officially open on April 10, 2023 at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway home, the Tony Kiser Theater. The limited 8-week run will play through Sunday, May 21, 2023.

David Aaron Baker, Nina Hellman, Richard Topol & More to Star in THE UNBELIEVING at 5 Photo David Aaron Baker, Nina Hellman, Richard Topol & More to Star in THE UNBELIEVING at 59E59 Theaters
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

59E59 Theaters and The Civilians have announced the full cast & creative team for The Unbelieving by Marin Gazzaniga (So Close) and directed by Steve Cosson (Whisper House). The Unbelieving begins previews October 20, 2022, in Theater B and opens October 27 for a run through November 20, 2022.  

Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon & More to Star in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE A Photo Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon & More to Star in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY on Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 9, 2022

Second Stage Theater has announced casting for the Broadway debut production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendleton. The production will star Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon and more.

Ars Nova and PlayCo Present World Premiere of Melis Aker's HOUND DOG in October Photo Ars Nova and PlayCo Present World Premiere of Melis Aker's HOUND DOG in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

Ars Nova and PlayCo will present the world premiere of HOUND DOG by 2019 Ars Nova resident artist Melis Aker. Directed by Machel Ross with music by Aker and the Lazours, this cross-cultural jam-session-meets-play explores the winding path towards forgiveness and belonging.

Ars Nova Announces 'Name Your Price' Tickets for 20th Anniversary Season Photo Ars Nova Announces 'Name Your Price' Tickets for 20th Anniversary Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2022

Ars Nova has announced details for its 20th Anniversary Season, which introduces the What’s Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price ticket initiative.

Sawyer Barth & Lily McInerny to Star in Bess Wohl's CAMP SIEGFRIED at Second Stage Th Photo Sawyer Barth & Lily McInerny to Star in Bess Wohl's CAMP SIEGFRIED at Second Stage Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2022

Second Stage Theater will kick off its 44th Season with the New York Premiere of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new play from Tony Award-nominee BESS WOHL, directed by Tony Award-winner DAVID CROMER. The production will feature SAWYER BARTH and LILY McINERNY, both of whom will be making their off-Broadway stage debuts.

Bess Wohl Videos

Celine Dion Musical Comedy TITANIQUE To Play Off-Broadway This Summer VideoCeline Dion Musical Comedy TITANIQUE To Play Off-Broadway This Summer
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2022

In celebration of C√©line Dion‚Äôs birthday on March 30, Tony Award-winning producer¬†Eva Price¬†(Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!) has¬†announced that¬†Titanique¬†‚Ästthe irresistibly funny and irreverent new musical send-up of the blockbuster film¬†Titanic,¬†featuring the songs of pop icon¬†C√©line Dion¬†‚Ästwill open off-Broadway this summer at¬†The Asylum Theatre¬†(307 W 26th St.)

VIDEO: SEVEN DEADLY SINS Opens in NYC's Meatpacking District - Show Extension Announc VideoVIDEO: SEVEN DEADLY SINS Opens in NYC's Meatpacking District - Show Extension Announced!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 30, 2021

Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live have announced that due to overwhelming demand, their production of Seven Deadly Sins, which opened last night, is extending by one-week. The sexy outdoor theatrical experience which has been electrifying New York City’s Meatpacking District must end its limited engagement on Sunday, July 25.

VIDEO: Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley Sing 'You Learn to Live Without' From IF/THEN VideoVIDEO: Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley Sing 'You Learn to Live Without' From IF/THEN
by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2020

On Monday, September 21st, Second Stage Theater's Virtual Benefit Celebration honored Trustee Angela Sun and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt for their extraordinary work, commitment to Second Stage and remarkable impact on American theater.

VIDEO: Heidi Blickenstaff Performs 'I Need Them to See Me' by Tom Kitt VideoVIDEO: Heidi Blickenstaff Performs 'I Need Them to See Me' by Tom Kitt
by Stage Tube - Oct 3, 2020

On Monday, September 21st, Second Stage Theater's Virtual Benefit Celebration honored Trustee Angela Sun and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt for their extraordinary work, commitment to Second Stage and remarkable impact on American theater.

VIDEO: Lauren Patten and a Global Chorus Perform 'Light' From NEXT TO NORMAL VideoVIDEO: Lauren Patten and a Global Chorus Perform 'Light' From NEXT TO NORMAL
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2020

On Monday, September 21st, Second Stage Theater's Virtual Benefit Celebration honored Trustee Angela Sun and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt for their extraordinary work, commitment to Second Stage and remarkable impact on American theater.

VIDEO: Watch Jane Alexander and James Cromwell in the Opening Scene From GRAND HORIZO VideoVIDEO: Watch Jane Alexander and James Cromwell in the Opening Scene From GRAND HORIZONS
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2020

Second Stage Theater has released footage of Jane Alexander and James Cromwell in the opening scene of Bess Wohl's Grand Horizons, which opened at the Hayes Theater on January 23, 2020 and played through March 1. 

VIDEO: James Cromwell Talks the 'Grey Divorce' in GRAND HORIZONS VideoVIDEO: James Cromwell Talks the 'Grey Divorce' in GRAND HORIZONS
by Stage Tube - Feb 6, 2020

James Cromwell was a guest on Thursday's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan to talk about the new play he stars in, Grand Horizons. During the interview, host Kelly Ripa mentioned that the show is based on a 'Gray Divorce,' to with Cromwell replied, 'Evidentally there's an epidemic of divorces for people in their 80s, which in some ways I can understand, having been married three times.'

BWW TV: Ashley Park Opens Up About Her First Play, the Future of THOROUGHLY MODERN MI VideoBWW TV: Ashley Park Opens Up About Her First Play, the Future of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE & More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Feb 9, 2020

Since making her Broadway debut just six years ago as a replacement in Mamma Mia!, Ashley Park has taken on everything from Sondheim to K-pop. This season, she tackles her next great challenge- starring in her very first play. 

BWW TV: Jane Alexander, James Cromwell & More Celebrate Opening Night of GRAND HORIZO VideoBWW TV: Jane Alexander, James Cromwell & More Celebrate Opening Night of GRAND HORIZONS
by TV - Opening Night Special - Jan 24, 2020

The Hayes theatre was hoppin' last night as Grand Horizons officially opened on Broadway. Written by Bess Wohl and directed by Leigh Silverman, GRAND HORIZONS stars Jane Alexander (Nancy), James Cromwell (Bill), Priscilla Lopez (Carla), Ben McKenzie (Ben), Maulik Pancholy (Tommy), Ashley Park (Jess), and Michael Urie (Brian). Find out what happened after the curtain came down as BroadwayWorld takes you inside the opening night festivities with the company!

BWW TV: James Cromwell, Jane Alexander & More Explain What GRAND HORIZONS is All Abou VideoBWW TV: James Cromwell, Jane Alexander & More Explain What GRAND HORIZONS is All About!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 12, 2019

Coming up next at Broadway's Hayes Theatre is Second Stage's 10-week engagement of Bess Wohl's new play Grand Horizons. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the play will feature Jane Alexander (Nancy), James Cromwell (Bill), Ben McKenzie (Ben), Priscilla Lopez (Carla), Maulik Pancholy (Tommy), Ashley Park (Jess) and Michael Urie (Brian).


Bess Wohl Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Bess Wohl written?
Bess Wohl has written 4 shows including Small Mouth Sounds (Playwright), Continuity (Playwright), Make Believe (Playwright), Grand Horizons (Playwright).

What awards has Bess Wohl been nominated for?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for Grand Horizons John Gassner Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Small Mouth Sounds and Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award (Drama Desk Awards) for American Hero, Pretty Filthy, Small Mouth Sounds .

What awards has Bess Wohl won?
John Gassner Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Small Mouth Soundsand Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award (Drama Desk Awards) for American Hero, Pretty Filthy, Small Mouth Sounds.