When producers for CPP’s latest project “Searching for the Elephant” were looking for an actor to play retired rancher and sharp-witted observer, Gerard, really one person came to mind, accomplished actor and performer Eugene Wolf. Producer/Director, David Alford elaborates, “Eugene and I have worked together on stage since I came to Virginia, and we’ve followed each other’s projects for years. Eugene is a unique voice on the stage and as an artist. All you have to do is listen to him speak and you’ll recognize him and his heart. He has an amazing quality about his acting that is timeless. What he says is true in the moment and has been true for as far back as anyone can remember, and no one doubts it. I’ve been looking for a role that fits Eugene since I started making films and finally one has come along that he can fit into his busy performance schedule. He’ll bring an exciting depth to Gerard that I think will be captivating.”
A native of Greeneville, Tennessee, Eugene studied music and theatre at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He was a member of Johnson City’s Road Company for 16 years and has worked with Abingdon, Virginia’s Barter Theatre for 25 years as an actor and director. Theatre: A.P. Carter (Keep On The Sunny Side), Richard Nixon (Nixon’s Nixon), Woodrow Wilson (The Second Mrs. Wilson), The Creature (Frankenstein), Iago (Othello), Fagin (Oliver!); Film: Box of Moonlight, The Curse; Television: A.P. Carter in Lost Highway – BBC and Will the Circle Be Unbroken – PBS American Experience. He has made music
with Ed Snodderly as The Brother Boys for 35 years. In 2013 he travelled to Russia to record Where We’ll Never Grow Old, an album of American spirituals with Russian folk musician, Mitya Kuznetsov. His one-man show, The Book Of Mamaw took home the United Solo/Backstage Audience Award in 2019. He is a member of Actors’ Equity.
To hear his music and to hear his stories is to hear a loving preservation of the past with a knowing wink of understanding of where the world is today. It’ll be exciting to watch Eugene unravel this character and bring his own style of performance to the big screen.
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