2020-2021 Season


With transparency and flexibility as our guiding pillars, it is with deep humility and cautious optimism that we share the 2020-2021 Season.

Season 41 will fall between Fall 2020 and Summer 2021, BUT we are implementing an adaptable schedule given the rolling nature of re-opening and physical distancing protocols. We commit to clear, frequent, and open communication about how we will keep audiences, artists, and staff safe. And we commit to creating theatre that astonishes you in its brilliance, its relevance, and its ability to overcome and thrive during a particularly difficult time.

WOOLLY ON DEMAND

This year, we’re embracing the moment by experimenting with new forms of theatre you can experience at home with innovative work from Amir Nizar Zuabi, Telephonic Literary Union (Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung, Sarah Lunnie, Stowe Nelson, Zeniba Now, and Yuvika Tolani), and Makers Lab.

Our fall programming will quench the thirst for human touch and connection by putting two stories of sexual and personal discovery in the spotlight.

HI, ARE YOU SINGLE?

by Ryan J. Haddad

Join Ryan, a gay man with a high sex drive and cerebral palsy on his search to find love. Or a date. Or at least a hookup.

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY

by Kareem M. Lucas

One Black man’s seemingly never-ending journey on the path to self-discovery is hilariously told in the style of an epic poem with his actual mother as witness.

Bushwick Starr's
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ANIMAL WISDOM

Created by Heather Christian
Co-Directed by Emilyn Kowaleski & Mark Rosenblatt

In Association with American Conservatory Theater

A concert cabaret requiem grounded in blues and inspired by real conversations between Heather and her deceased relatives.

TEENAGE DICK

By Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel

In Association with Huntington Theatre Company 

A modern, darkly comic re-telling of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III set in the most treacherous of places– high school.

WHERE WE BELONG

By Madeline Sayet - LIMITED RUN!
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

In Association with Folger Theatre

While pursuing a PhD in Shakespeare an Indigenous theatre-maker is forced to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER’S
PARABLE OF THE SOWER

Created by Toshi Reagon and
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Directed by Eric Ting
Based on the Novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

Co-Presented by Strathmore

A STRANGE LOOP

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly
Music Directed by Rona Siddiqui

The 2020 Pulitzer-Prize winner about a Black, queer writer writing his original musical… about a Black, queer writer writing his original musical.


“This time in my life has been hard, eye-opening, and deeply introspective. And I know I am far from the only one feeling this way. I arrived at Woolly Mammoth a little less than two years ago. I came to create challenging, provocative, unexpected, and thrilling theatre. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what that meant in 2018 and what it means now. With the impacts of COVID-19 and our country’s uprising against anti-Blackness, it is clear that there is no going back to what was before. And although we don’t know about what the future holds, this moment requires the theatre to become an essential space for grappling with the tremendous complexity of what it means to be human. Woolly must lean into its long history of experimentation and adaptability to celebrate joy, build resilience, and provide cultural nourishment to our community.”

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director


See everything in Season 41 with a Golden Ticket!

2020-2021 Season Artwork and Playwright Portraits by Justine Swindell: justineswindell.com