For Woolly Mammoth's 40th Season, we’re leaning into the challenging, mischievous, and galvanizing work this company was built on… and taking it further.
By JAckie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
September 9 - October 6, 2019
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Beverly insists the celebration for Grandma’s birthday be perfect. But her husband is useless, her sister is into the wine, and her daughter’s secrets are threatening to derail the day. Meanwhile a group of spectators has put them all under surveillance. Soon the voyeurs launch an invasion on the festivities, forcing the family to battle for their very identities. Jackie Sibblies Drury (We Are Proud to Present…) returns to Woolly to boldly confront our perceptions of racism in America by ripping the conventional family drama to shreds.
Featuring Woolly company members Shannon Dorsey and Kimberly Gilbert
Featuring designs by Woolly company members Misha Kachman (set), Ivania Stack (costumes), and Colin K. Bills (lighting)
New York Times Best Theater of 2018
TIME Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2018
"FAIRVIEW is a game-changing original work about race, challenging us as much as it entertains, and ultimately shattering the lenses with which we see each other. There is no better way to announce my ambitions than to produce a play as exciting and thorny as FAIRVIEW. Plus Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’ at The Public Theater) is an astounding director who I am excited to not only dig into this material with but also to introduce him to DC audiences."
By Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White
WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN is a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, this theatrical work uses parody, song, and movement in a series of vignettes to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing and healing. Boundaries blur as the audience is asked to not only observe the performance, but participate in the ritual as well.
This piece will “move” throughout the city, beginning with venues operating at the intersection of Black social and cultural life in DC, before landing at Woolly in the fall of 2019. Tickets will go on sale later this year.
"Fresh and original and in-the-moment life on the American stage"
New York Times
"WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN is an impactful work specifically created in response to the deaths of Black people. It unapologetically pries open a space for people of color in the theater with a community ritual that is by, for, and about Black people."
Directed by Carly Heffernan
December 2, 2019 - january 5, 2020
The Second City returns to Woolly with a freshly written show inspired by the 2018 all-female, all-funny blockbuster, She the People. This brand new version further satirizes the reality of being a woman in this wild world, exploding the myths and misrepresentations surrounding body positivity, bachelorettes, Beyoncé, and the 2020 ballot.
"Like The Vagina Monologues, if it were freaking hilarious"
Buzz Center Stage
"It’s a no-brainer to bring back last year’s all-female, all-star team. This is a dynamic experiment for Woolly and The Second City, to create innovative material and play with the continuity of beloved characters with this comedy troupe in a way unique to Woolly, DC, and the country."
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Saheem Ali
February 10 - March 8, 2020
A group of well-meaning liberals gather at a farmhouse in upstate NY for a relaxing weekend. A son adopted from Kenya struggles to feel connected to his new family and country. And the 45th US President sends a history-altering dinner invitation.
There is plenty of blame to spare as snow piles high, mountains crumble, and the wounds of the 2016 election break open. The mythology of America is re-written in real time as we are forced to grapple with the legend of a frightening New York man made from gold. Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns: a post-electric play) returns to Woolly with a sinister and sensational new play.
SHIPWRECK: A HISTORY PLAY ABOUT 2017 is a US premiere
Produced in association with The Public Theater
Featuring Woolly company member Jon Hudson Odom
Featuring designs by Woolly company members Colin K. Bills (lighting) and Jared Mezzocchi (projections)
"[Shipwreck] promises to be this season’s most exciting American play"
New York Times
"SHIPWRECK is a radical play, not just because of Anne’s audacity to imagine James Comey’s meeting with President Trump, but also because of what she makes visible about this current moment in our nation’s history. I’m ecstatic about bringing my two artistic families together by partnering with Oskar Eustis and The Public Theater on this US premiere."
By Paola LÁZARO
April 6 - May 3, 2020
Lola and T met years ago in a support group for sexual abuse survivors. They’ve made a pact... and that deadline is coming at them fast. So tonight, they decide to take matters into their own hands by plotting to exact revenge on anyone who has ever f---ed with them. Spend the night with two fractured souls who are going to let loose their fury in this fearless and f---ed up adventure. Paola Lázaro’s new work takes an up-close look at confronting trauma, and how unexpected human bonds can carry us through.
THERE'S ALWAYS THE HUDSON is a world premiere
Featuring playwright Paola Lázaro in the role of Lola
"It is important to me to make space to voices that have been missing, and in the case of this brilliant play, a Latinx female writer with a young Latinx female lead at the center of her own story. Paola is both an actor and a playwright, and her characters leap off the page with tremendous energy, authenticity, and depth."
By Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
June 1 - June 28, 2020
Welcome to a modern, darkly comic re-telling of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in the most treacherous of places– high school. Bullied because of his cerebral palsy, Richard is willing to crush his enemies in order to become senior class president. But all the scheming, manipulation, and revenge plots force him to ask the age-old question: is it better to be loved or feared?
TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae, a company dedicated to the production of works that explore and illuminate the disabled experience, and premiered at Ma-Yi Theatre Company in association with The Public Theater.
2019 Drama League nominee for Outstanding Production of a Play
A New York Times “Critic’s Pick”
Featuring original cast members Gregg Mozgala and Shannon Devido
Directed by Tony Award® nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God)
"Introducing the brilliant actors Gregg Mozgala and Shannon DeVido to the DC artistic landscape was one the many reasons why I wanted TEENAGE DICK in my inaugural season. This hysterical and riveting reimagining showcases the self-loathing that comes from social rejection, especially for those young and disabled. This show demands that we all, including our current president, reevaluate our rhetoric surrounding the disabled experience."
Individual tickets and Build-Your-Own Subscription packages for the 2019-20 Season will go on sale in July.
Playwright illustrations by Finley Martin.