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
“War may be hell, but FAMILY WAR CAN BE FUN”
The Washington Post
“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”
“A knockout blow that will TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY”
DC Theatre Scene
“Inspiring and captivating…
Left me and members of the audience stunned;
DC Metro Theatre Arts
“One of the STRONGEST NEW PLAYS I’ve seen at Woolly in recent memory”
“Puttin’ the FUN in dysfunction”
“Holy hell. This show.
You think you’ve seen twenty just like it,
but I promise, you haven’t.”
Pink Line Project
We Love DC
“I’d strongly suggest you check out the play before it closes on December 1.”
“A sharply scripted new play”
“An artful mix of Humor and hurt”
“An admirably complex and sympathetic piece from a POWERFUL young voice”
“Taken as a whole, ‘Appropriate’ was one of the BEST things I saw at Humana this year”
“WONDERFULLY INTRIGUING and often HILARIOUS new drama”
“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.”
“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.”
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Show art by Carolyn Sewell.
HOUSE LIGHTS UP
House Lights Up is a series of high-profile panel discussions, lectures, debates, film screenings, concerts, readings, lobby experience activities, and other special events, curated by Woolly’s Connectivity Department.
The Secret Inside the Play: What You Didn’t See Onstage
Friday, November 15
following the 8pm performance
(Purchase tickets to the November 15 8pm performance here.)
Dr. Harvey Young, a nationally recognized scholar of race and performance, offers an intimate analysis of the savage souvenirs uncovered in the play. Discover the real history of the objects hidden in this old plantation home that tear the Lafayette family apart.
Dr. Harvey Young’s research on the performance and experience of race has been widely published in academic journals, profiled in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education and cited in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He has published seven books, including Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun, a collection of plays by writers including Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) and Robert O’Hara (Woolly company member and author of Bootycandy, Antebellum, and The Etiquette of Vigilance), and Embodying Black Experience, winner of “Book of the Year” awards from the National Communication Association and the American Society for Theatre Research.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright, dramaturg, and performer. His work has been seen at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, PS122, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, The Matrix Theatre, Theater Bielefeld (in Bielefeld, Germany), and the National Theatre in London. He is working on commissions from Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 and Yale Repertory Theatre. Branden is a former New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting fellow, an alum of the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, and a member of the Ars Nova Playgroup. His honors include a Princess Grace Award (2010), the Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship (2010), a fellowship in playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Paula Vogel Award for Playwriting (2011). Branden holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.
Lisel Tommy (Director) has directed world premieres including Party People by Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsed by Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Light by Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtape by Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges), A Stone’s Throw by Lynn Nottage (Women’s Project), Bus and Family Ties (Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival), and Misterioso 119 by Koffi Kwahule (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Act French Festival). Tommy’s other credits include Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), A Raisin in the Sun and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Huntington Theatre Company), American Buffalo (Baltimore Centerstage), He is Here He Says I Say (Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), Ruined by Lynn Nottage (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company), Crimes of the Heart (McCarter Theatre Center), Book of Life (Sundance Institute East Africa, Manda, Kenya), Yankee Tavern and Stick Fly (Contemporary American Theater Festival), and A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company). Tommy serves as the Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program focusing on its activities in East Africa and was recently made an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. Tommy has taught master classes in acting, directing, and new play development internationally, and guest directed at Juilliard, Trinity Rep/Brown University’s MFA Directing Program, The Strasberg Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.
The cast includes Woolly Company Member Tim Getman* (Detroit, Gruesome Playground Injuries), Deborah Hazlett* (Bug), and Beth Hylton* (Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis) as well as Josh Adams, David Bishins*, Maya Brettell, Cole Edelstein, Caitlin McColl*, and Eli Schulman who will make their Woolly debuts.
Award-winning Set Designer Clint Ramos (who most recently designed the set and costumes for Arena Stage’s production of The Mountaintop) and Costume Designer Kathleen Geldard (Eclipsed) will be joined by three-time Helen Hayes Award-winner and Woolly Company Member Colin K. Bills (Detroit, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), who will serve as the production’s Lighting Designer. Sound Designer Daniel Baker, Production Stage Manager Kristy Matero, and Production Dramaturg Kirsten Bowen—who also serves as Woolly’s Literary Manager—will round out the creative team.
*Member, Actor’s Equity Association
Appropriate runs November 4, 2013 to December 1, 2013, with performances Wednesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm (November 9 at 8pm only), and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm (November 10 at 7pm only).
There will not be a performance on Thanksgiving Day, November 28.
Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, will be Pay-What-You-Can performances and begin at 8pm.
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Tickets to Appropriate start at $35 and can be purchased here.
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