Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:04 a.m. on June 6 to correct that Wolfe graduated in the Frankfort High School class of 1972.
George C. Wolfe, a Frankfort native and four-time Tony Award winner, will be celebrated for his theater accomplishments with a public interview and recognition banquet in his honor on Sunday, Oct. 20.
At a press conference this week, the Capital City Museum board of directors announced the event — “George C. Wolfe: At Home on Broadway” — at which the 64-year-old, who recently received the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society’s Director Award at the Chita Rivera Awards, will be the featured guest.
“We expect not only local but statewide participation for this event and even some from nationally known personalities in the arts and theater world,” said John Baughman, museum board president. “We want to give all his friends, fans and Kentucky counterparts the opportunity to join with us in the celebration of his accomplishments.”
During the public interview, which will take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolfe will start the discussion by recalling his youth in the capital city, where he attended the all-African American Rosenwald Laboratory School and graduated in the Frankfort High School class of 1972.
At FHS, he wrote for the school’s literary journal, was drum major in the band (the first African American in that role) and honed his drama chops before moving on to Kentucky State University. After one year, he transferred to Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he pursued a bachelor of arts degree in theater.
As the conversation continues, Wolfe will recount his path to nationwide theater recognition. He is an inductee of the Theater Hall of Fame for his work as a playwright and director.
Wolfe is nominated for Best Director of a Play for “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” at this year’s 73rd annual Tony Awards, which start at 8 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast live on CBS (FPB channels 6 or 506).
Following the public interview, a banquet in his honor will be held at the Kentucky History Center, according to organizers, who hope community members turn out to honor the hometown hero.
“Our goal will be for complete community participation in these activities,” Baughman said.
Organizers had to work around Wolfe’s busy schedule and, though not intentional, the celebration coincides with Bourbonanza, which falls the day before on Oct. 19.
“I think it will complement Bourbonanza,” Hank Hancock, co-chair of the event, told The State Journal. “We’ve been working on this for several months and feel that all will go well in the final plans.”
He said the event is being made possible thanks to five main sponsors — Ben and Martha Smith; Dr. Joe and Mrs. Dobner; Betty and Don Barr; WesBanco; and the Millie and Dr. John Stewart Charitable Foundation.
Funds raised from ticket sales for the interview and banquet, souvenir program advertising along with contributions to the Friends of the Capital City Museum are also being accepted.
“This project fits the mission of the museum by promoting tomorrow’s history today, honoring a Franklin County native who has achieved national recognition and raising the necessary funds to capture our past for the benefit of our future,” Hancock said.
For more information about the event contact Hancock at 502-695-0704 or via email at email@example.com; Baughman at 502-227-2271; Betty Barr, fundraising committee chair, at 303-550-3043; or the museum at 502-696-0607.