Last updated May 29, 2020
Last week DC released its proposed re-opening plan for the city. We are reviewing this document, in particular the guidance around performing arts venues, to inform our strategies about keeping people safe once we return to in-person performances. Once this plan is official and we’ve established our safety protocols, we’ll be sharing that information publicly. Thank you for your patience as we prepare to re-open in the safest and most accommodating ways possible – for our artists, staff, and of course you, our audiences.
Woolly also wants to acknowledge how the Coronavirus outbreak continues to expose the depths of anti-Blackness in the US. Communities of color, particularly Black and Indigenous communities, are experiencing disproportionately high infection and mortality rates from COVID-19 that can be traced back to the disease of systemic racism in this country.
Woolly would like to take a moment to lift up some resources that may be helpful as we all work to heal from the violence of racism:
We hope that you are remaining safe physically and find the support you need emotionally during this time.
May 21, 2020
The good news is that we are still planning to bring this phenomenal show to Woolly audiences. However, given the current state of the global health crisis, we are moving the production from the fall of 2020 to close out next season in the summer of 2021. Read Peter Mark's article about in the in The Washington Post. Production dates and single ticket on-sale dates will be announced at a later time.
This scheduling change helps us to hold firm to our guiding principle of protecting artists, audiences, and staff. We are waiting until summer 2021 in hopes that the largest number of audiences members will want to share in this amazing show by that time. We want as many people as possible to be able to attend because we have a feeling this show is going to be a huge hit! That said, we have lots of other projects planned and a robust 20/21 season that challenges, excites, and keeps people safe will be announced very soon.
However, if you’re missing Woolly please consider joining us for our next virtual Spit Dat event on May 25th!
May 18, 2020
Woolly normally would have announced the upcoming season by this point and put subscriptions on sale for the following year. In light of the current health crisis, there are still many variables at play in planning next season, not least of which is the timeline of when we will all be able to gather again. Until then, please know that we are exploring all the ways to safely bring you back to our theatre, and planning some truly stunning projects for 2020-2021. We will be back as soon as we can with the bold, exciting, and challenging programming you’ve come to love.
Please keep a look out over the next few weeks for some exciting announcements. In the meantime, here is a list of resources you may find helpful during our collective pause.
April 15, 2020
We wanted to take a moment to provide another update for you. Woolly was optimistic that we would be able to perform this summer, but the pandemic is predicted to continue longer than we anticipated. We are taking this information seriously and have made the decision to postpone the production of Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick in June and our #NSFW Festival in July and August. We look forward to bringing these productions to our stages in the future.
We ask you to consider donating the cost of your ticket to help support these artists and Woolly as we face financial uncertainties during this time. To ensure that we come back strong after this hiatus, we have launched the Mammothon Fund with the goal of raising $500,000. By donating the cost of your ticket to us, you are directly contributing to that fund and demonstrating that you are invested in our return.
Please click here to donate your tickets or to add a credit to your account. Should you require a refund, we are happy to honor those requests. Please reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org to make that request.
As we move forward in this time of uncertainty, it is important to us that we continue to lead from a mindset of abundance and find ways to continue to engage with our community. Please join on Monday, April 20 starting at 7:30PM for our Virtual Progressive Party which is now FREE and ONLINE. The evening will be full of special performances a titillating and surprising silent auction, and sneak peeks into our upcoming Season 41. Register today and be entered for a chance to win a Woolly Swag Bag & Season 41 tickets.