Ruth Wolff is a playwright whose plays have been seen around the world in many languages. Her play THE ABDICATION premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath, produced by the Bristol Old Vic. Wolff wrote the screenplay for the Warner Bros film of THE ABDICATION which starred Liv Ullmann and Peter Finch. Her play SARAH IN AMERICA, about Sarah Bernhardt’s American tours, premiered at the Kennedy Center starring Lilli Palmer, directed by Sir Robert Helpmann. Wolff wrote the screenplay for a film about Bernhardt’s early life, THE INCREDIBLE SARAH, which starred Glenda Jackson. Her play EMPRESS OF CHINA premiered in New York at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre starring Tina Chen. THE SECOND MRS WILSON premiered at the Barter Theater. JOSHUA SLOCUM SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD premiered at the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre. AVIATORS premiered at the New Jersey Repertory Theater. Among her recent plays are: STAGELIFE (NJ Rep), LIFELINES, THE OUTLIERS (Urban States) and THE SEVEN AGES OF DD. Nineteen of her plays are collected in two volumes published by Broadway Play Publishing: NOTABLE WOMEN – AND A FEW EQUALLY NOTABLE MEN and FROM FAUSTIANA TO THE FALL OF ATHENS.
A native of Massachusetts who now lives in New York, Wolff was educated at Smith College and the Yale University School of Drama. Her husband, architect Martin Bloom (d.2017), is the author of ACCOMMODATING THE LIVELY ARTS, An Architect’s View, the highly acclaimed book about the design of spaces for performance.