Woolly Mammoth’s 2016-17 Season celebrates the courage, resilience, humor, and even eagerness of the collective human spirit in the face of terrifying, confusing, cataclysmic, and electrifying change. As the ground shifts beneath our feet and everything that we thought we knew about gender, culture, race, faith, and family is called into question, what do we do? Is the response to dig in our heels and hold fast or to embrace the chaos and collapse? Either way, the storm is coming, whether we want it to or not. Who knows what (and who) will emerge from the wreckage?
New this season: five different subscription package options designed to help you get Woolly exactly the way you want it!
Now more flexible than ever: six discounted tickets to use for any plays you like in any combinations you like… and now they’re good for a full year!
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue
September 12—October 9, 2016
Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream?
In Collective Rage, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.” Award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist romantic comedy is at once hysterical, inspired, and boldly uncompromising. When you’re done laughing, you’ll be ready to deliver a knockout blow to a thousand different well-worn tropes about female identity… and dare them all to say “Boop.”
World premiere by an award-winning playwright
By Guillermo Calderón
Directed by Yury Urnov
October 10—November 6, 2016
A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? An intense, furtive video chat with what might be an exiled author, living on the run while escaping persecution, slowly upends both their world and ours. Can we recover what’s been lost in translation?
This U.S. premiere by “Chile’s most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades” (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Politically charged and emotionally urgent, it dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures… because just when we think we get Kiss, it gets us instead.
Featuring company members Tim Getman and Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey
By Clare Barron
Directed by Howard Shalwitz
January 30—February 26, 2017
A small house is besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety.
Obie Award-winner Clare Barron’s new play is “a genuinely fragile, complex piece of work” (Time Out New York): a Rorschach test for the faithful and the faithless alike. You’ve never seen anyone pray quite like this. You’ve never met a family like this. But if you enter the eye of the storm with them, you might find an imperfect, harrowing miracle.
Directed by Woolly Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz; featuring company members Kate Eastwood Norris and Sarah Marshall
By Nilaja Sun
Directed by Ron Russell
March 27—April 23, 2017
From the one-woman dynamo who brought the Obie Award-winning No Child to Woolly in 2008 comes a rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life that “glows with humor” (New York Times). If you’ve ever seen Nilaja Sun’s virtuosic performance style, you’ll want to experience it again… and if you haven’t, you must not miss the chance to be transported to Pike St.
On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters— a decorated war veteran, her ne’er-do-well father, her octogenarian downstairs neighbor—bring new meaning to the phrase “it takes a village.”
By Taylor Mac
Directed by Shana Cooper
May 22—June 18, 2017
Isaac, a veteran, returns to his childhood home and discovers that his family’s been transformed. His timid mother, freed from the constraints of her marriage, has begun a crusade to subvert the patriarchy, and his sister has become a trans male anarchist who uses the pronouns ze and hir. Meanwhile, his abusive father now wears clown makeup and downs estrogen pills… against his will.
Obie Award-winner Taylor Mac’s “audacious, uproarious black comedy” (New York Times) flips the script on gender power dynamics and asks a key question: does destroying the past really free you from it? It’s a sly kitchen-sink drama covered in glitter, and you’ll laugh your way through to an answer.
Featuring company members Emily Townley and Mitchell Hébert
And Woolly’s holiday special…
Directed by Billy Bungeroth
November 12, 2016—January 1, 2017
The Second City renews its long-running, hugely-successful partnership with Woolly Mammoth by turning its satirical lens toward Black America. A cast of Chicago’s funniest and edgiest African American sketch and stand-up artists—the first of its kind ever assembled by the troupe—delivers the street satire and cultural cosmologies of a city on the brink.
What does it mean to be black in the future? A new generation of audacious comedic voices explores everything from a utopian black planet founded by a retired Barack Obama to the ongoing struggles black people face with police brutality to the ongoing struggles white people face with gluten. We’ll see you on the Black Side of the Moon!
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