Wolfe told the New York Times that he would direct a 2005 Central Park staging of Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The 2004 offering, Playbill recently reported, will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Esbjornson. Midsummer will be Wolfe's first Delacorte Theatre assignment since his fateful 1997 mounting of the Bernstein-Comden-Green musical On the Town. That production was transferred, at great cost, to Broadway the following year. There it ran only a couple months and lost millions of dollars.
The major Shakespeare credit on Wolfe's resume is The Tempest, a production that ran on Broadway in the fall of 1995 to general praise. Patrick Stewart played Prospero in the staging, which incorporated many multi-cultural scenic and sound techniques.