Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention



WOOLLY MAMMOTH’S SEASON 33 is a heart-stopping excavation of our cultural souls, encompassing both the joy of cultural expression and the struggle of cultures in conflict.  With a unique global perspective, these ambitious new works carry us to far flung destinations including Africa, North Korea, Disneyworld, Zucotti Park, and the world of professional wrestling. Each destination is a hot zone where human emotions are bombarded by complex forces of religion, heritage, politics, and ethnicity. Passionately brought to life by Woolly’s unique company and guest artists, the results will unearth the most deeply felt and startlingly funny sides of our selves.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

By Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by John Vreeke
September 3 – September 30, 2012

This 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Macedonio “Mace” Guerra plays the fall-guy for mega-successful “THE” Wrestling League, losing again and again to the impossibly charismatic champ Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of Chad’s, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a kick-ass comedy for the Obama-age. In wrestling, as in life, it’s tough to voice your own identity over the roar of the crowd.

HOWARD’S POVI’m thrilled to introduce a meteoric writing talent, Kristoffer Diaz, to Washington—paired with Woolly company director John Vreeke (A Bright New Boise). Inspired by his love of both hip hop and wrestling, Kris draws us into a world gone mad with jingoistic fever, of daring stunts and absurd stereotypes, woven together by a simple tale of friendship.

Learn more about the show here.

You for Me for You

Directed by Yury Urnov
In Association with Ma-Yi Theater Company
November 5 – December 2, 2012

Two North Korean sisters—facing starvation at the hands of a dizzyingly corrupt regime—make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States. When one of the sisters is denied passage because she is too weak to make the treacherous trans-Pacific crossing, the other sister makes a promise to race across time and space to save her.

HOWARD’s POV: Korean-American playwright Mia Chung is one of the most imaginative young writers of her generation, and Woolly is honored to launch her first major production. With brilliant Russian director Yury Urnov at the helm, this delicate story shatters our conception of life inside and outside the rigid borders of an ominous regime.

Learn more about the show here.

The Convert

By Danai Gurira
Directed by Michael John Garcés
February 13 – March 10, 2013

OBIE Award-winner Danai Gurira returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa in 1895, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes a forced marriage in her native village and lands in a Westernized household where Africans are pitted against each other over the arrival of Christianity.

HOWARD’S POV: Woolly is proud to continue our association with playwright Danai Gurira and Woolly company director Michael John Garcés (Oedipus el Rey). Danai’s intensely personal new drama about the clash of native religion and Christianity in what is now known as Zimbabwe follows the brilliant successes of In The Continuum and Eclipsed.  Heartrending and humorous, The Convert firmly establishes Danai as one the finest playwrights in our global village.

Learn more about the show here.

American Utopias

Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
March 25 – April 21, 2013

Mike Daisey takes us all over the map to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Gun-play, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our new American dream. After record-breaking performances in New York, Chicago, and Boston, American Utopias returns to where it all began at Woolly Mammoth!

HOWARD’S POV: Mike Daisey has developed a special relationship with Washington audiences by always challenging us to make unexpected connections and to see our world in new ways. American Utopias asks how our nation, which began with Utopian zeal, continues to nourish or to squash the Utopian impulse today. I’m honored to welcome Mike and Jean-Michele back for their fifth show at Woolly—one of their most captivating.

Learn more about the show here.

Stupid Fucking Bird

WORLD PREMIERE by Aaron Posner
Sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Howard Shalwitz
May 27 – June 23, 2013

An aspiring young theatre director named Conrad struggles to get out from under the shadow of his mother Emma, a famous actress. Meanwhile, his young muse Nina falls for Emma’s lover Doyle, and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this contemporary and irreverent riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner transforms the famous “subtext” of the classic play into exuberant scenes and songs.

HOWARD’S POV: You probably know Aaron Posner as one of our city’s best directors and adapters, but Stupid Fucking Bird reveals the passion, humor, and sheer originality of his writing.  The idea for the play emerged when Aaron was rehearsing Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Woolly Mammoth, and it’s a dream come true to realize it on our stage.

Learn more about the show here.




The Pajama Men:
In the Middle of No One

Created and Performed by The Pajama Men
AKA Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez
Music by Kevin Hume
December 11, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Following sell-out runs in London’s West End, Albuquerque duo The Pajama Men come to Woolly with their stand-up/sketch comedy/physical theatre extravaganza, In The Middle of No One. A delightfully silly comedy thriller about love, alien abduction, and the spirit of adventure, the show captures The Pajama Men’s trademark style of blink-of-an-eye character switches and plot twists, underscored with unflinching joke telling.

HOWARD’S POV: This crazily-inventive duo has been a smash hit on the international comedy circuit for years—and they knocked me over at last summer’s Edinburgh Festival.  Their ironic sketches about love among strange humans and even stranger aliens seemed to me a perfect fit for Woolly’s adventurous audience. 

Learn more about the show here.


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