Our upcoming 2022-2023 season is a chance for us all to BREAK OUT.
From showcasing unconventional storytelling to characters who upend traditional roles and rules, Woolly isn’t afraid to break the mold, and you’re invited to take a break with us. Let us break it down for you.
“To me, ‘Woolly’ is not just an adjective for a Mammoth,” shares Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director. “To be ‘Woolly’ is to be attracted to a kind of theatrical experience that pushes, exhilarates, and challenges you; it is an experience that can be messy, funny, sometimes dark, and always extraordinarily human. This season is meant to break us out of our shells and see the world with new eyes. As we re-learn how to come together as a community, we invite you to come be Woolly with us!”
Breaking News: The Golden Ticket is the best way to experience Woolly all season long.
AIN’T NO MO’
BY JORDAN E. COOPER | DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN
SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 9, 2022
BREAKING NEWS: It’s the final boarding call for African American Airlines’ Flight 1619 to Africa, and every Black person in the United States gets a free ticket. In a kaleidoscope of scenes capturing the moments surrounding this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper’s vibrant, no-holds-barred comedy examines the lives of Black Americans in the aftermath of the election of a Black president – and hurtling toward the point of no return. AIN’T NO MO’ is “…thrilling, bewildering, campy, shrewd, mortifying, scary, devastating, and deep” (The New York Times).
Just For Us
BY AND STARRING ALEX EDELMAN | DIRECTED BY ADAM BRACE
NOVEMBER 16– DECEMBER 23, 2022
BREAK IN: JUST FOR US takes the audience through hilarious anecdotes from Alex Edelman’s life — his Olympian brother AJ, an unconventional holiday season, and a gorilla that can do sign language — but at its center is an astonishing and frighteningly relevant story. After a string of anti-Semitic abuse is directed at Edelman online, he decides to covertly attend a gathering of White Nationalists in New York City and comes face–to–face with the people behind the keyboards. The result is a hair-raising encounter that gives JUST FOR US its title and final, jaw-dropping moments.
SEVEN METHODS OF KILLING KYLIE JENNER
THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE PRODUCTION
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PUBLIC THEATER’S UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL
BY JASMINE LEE JONES | DIRECTED BY MILLI BHATIA
FEBRUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 26, 2023
BREAK THE INTERNET: When Forbes Magazine declares Kylie Jenner a “self-made” billionaire, Cleo takes to Twitter to call out white women who co-opt and profit from Black culture. Soon online discourse spills into reality, blurring the tenuous lines between internet personas and who we are IRL. On the internet, actions don’t always speak louder than words.
CO-PRESENTED WITH SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY AT SIDNEY HARMAN HALL
PERFORMANCES HELD AT SIDNEY HARMAN HALL
BY JOE MURPHY AND JOE ROBERTSON | DIRECTED BY STEPHEN DALDRY AND JUSTIN MARTIN
MARCH 28 – APRIL 16, 2023
BREAK BREAD: Welcome to the Jungle: a camp of stateless citizens outside Calais, France, the temporary home for thousands of people searching for refuge, forced to build a new society from nothing at the crossroads of cultures and countries. Residents from Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and a host of other countries share their stories of loss, fear, community, and hope as they dream of crossing the English Channel to begin a new life. Framed with “poignancy and power” (The New York Times, Critic’s Pick), THE JUNGLE is an extraordinary panorama of people suffering and dreaming, surviving and living, coming together in a time of crisis. Woolly teams up with Shakespeare Theatre Company to bring this immersive theatrical experience to DC, in which “theatre shakes hands with the world” (Sunday Times).
* Not included on Woolly Mammoth’s Golden Ticket. Golden Ticket holders and Shakespeare Theatre Company subscribers will receive priority to purchase tickets.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY AYA OGAWA
MARCH 31 – APRIL 23, 2023
BAD BREAK: Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of our parents? Through a series of absurd autobiographical vignettes, Aya Ogawa’s THE NOSEBLEED delves into the sh*t show of parenthood, as both a parent and a child – and what it takes to forgive. A trip to their home country of Japan, a child’s nosebleed, and the hit reality TV show The Bachelor come together in this “wackily funny, psychologically insightful” (The New York Times) theatrical tribute to Ogawa’s father, with surprises like a healing ritual for the audience and a transcendent appearance by a 20th century icon.
BY DAVE HARRIS | DIRECTED BY MONTY COLE
MAY 23 – JUNE 25, 2023
BREAK FREE: Tanya is a Black mother determined to break her son, Eric, out of death row — or die trying. She’ll need guns, to get her hair done, and to f*ck some people up. As time ticks towards the fateful date of Eric’s execution (and birthday), the play explodes into a collision of the hilarious and tragic. In this world premiere, playwright Dave Harris harnesses the storytelling techniques of comic books and video games to explore the complexities of generational trauma and daring heroism with his singular, satirical style.
** All shows, dates, artists, and prices are subject to change.