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Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for Appropriate:

J. Chris Babb & James Martin
Jeff & Stacie Banks

Rick Kasten
Chuck & Jenny Lawson
Carl & Undine Nash
Peggy & David Shiffrin

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ABOUT THE SHOW

What’s your family’s secret?

In this searing comic drama, the estranged members of the Lafayette family return to their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a hoarded lifetime of mementos and junk, they discover a gruesome relic that sends them spiraling into a dark history of repressed memories and family secrets.

A subversive and bitingly funny potboiler with more secrets than you can shake a stick at, Appropriate marks the professional homecoming of theatrical provocateur Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to Washington, DC.

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PRAISE FOR APPROPRIATE

BILIOUSLY FUNNY
“War may be hell, but FAMILY WAR CAN BE FUN
The Washington Post

SHARP, WELL-CRAFTED
Washingtonian

“Southern Gothic SIZZLER
“a young writer whose intelligence comes blistering off the page”
Washington City Paper

SEARINGLY FUNNY, painfully accurate”
“all-across-the-board KNOCKOUT cast”
DCist

“A knockout blow that will TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
DC Theatre Scene

“Inspiring and captivating…
Left me and members of the audience stunned;

5 STARS
DC Metro Theatre Arts

“One of the STRONGEST NEW PLAYS I’ve seen at Woolly in recent memory”
Broadway World

“Puttin’ the FUN in dysfunction”
Where DC

“Holy hell. This show.
You think you’ve seen twenty just like it,
but I promise, you haven’t.”

Pink Line Project

COMPELLING
We Love DC

“Absolutely PHENOMENAL
“I’d strongly suggest you check out the play before it closes on December 1.”
JUiCYHEADS

“A sharply scripted new play”
“An artful mix of Humor and hurt”
Pamela’s Punch

“An admirably complex and sympathetic piece from a POWERFUL young voice”
ChrisKlimek.net

“Taken as a whole, ‘Appropriate’ was one of the BEST things I saw at Humana this year”
KDHX Radio

WONDERFULLY INTRIGUING and often HILARIOUS new drama”
Courier Journal

“An EXPLOSIVE and IMPORTANT new work”
Time Out Chicago

Praise for Neighbors (Branden’s play that sets a mixed race family next to a troupe of African-American minstrels in blackface):

“Messy, BOLD, desperately funny”

“Jacobs-Jenkins’ tragic farce has more energy and ideas than half a dozen anodyne ‘issue’ plays that pass for contemporary drama on L.A. stages.”
LA Times


HOWARD SAYS…

“Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins grew up in Washington, DC where he was inspired by plays at Woolly Mammoth, and now he has emerged as one of New York’s most infamous theatrical provocateurs. His latest work, Appropriate, represents Branden’s cheeky and wholly brilliant attempt to channel the great big white American dysfunctional family classics by venerable writers like O’Neill and Williams—but with a twist. Chronicling a Southern family’s bizarre reunion following the death of their patriarch, Appropriate is a riveting potboiler with more secrets than you can shake a stick at. It is also a take-no-prisoners indictment that will leave you peering into your own soul and history.”

-Howard Shalwitz,
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

 

Show art by Carolyn Sewell.