Woolly's 2018-19 Season
The squabbling editorial assistants at one of New York's most prestigious magazines are all chasing the same dream: a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. When an ordinary day at the office suddenly becomes a living nightmare, two survivors transform the experience into career-making stories. Which one of them will get to own the truth?
In this "whip-smart satire of fear and loathing" (New York Times)—a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist—MacArthur "Genius" Branden Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media. Gloria will mark Woolly's third production of Jacobs-Jenkins' work, after An Octoroon (2016; remounted in 2017) and Appropriate (2013).
"Sharply observant and playfully theatrical, this thought-provoking work continues its talented young writer's winning streak."
An all-female, all-star team of The Second City’s most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roasts the patriarchy and reclaims at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time. The producers of Black Side of the Moon and Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) bring you a mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray into “having it all,” having each other’s backs, and having that sick feeling your government’s trying to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages. She the People… in order to perform a more perfect union!
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Second City’s first visit to Woolly!
"One of the best Second City shows in history."
After a bad health scare in her nether regions, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town—a true test of their friendship full of outrageous, absurd encounters—lead to epiphany or disaster?
BLKS is a “raw, blistering, hilarious, and engaging” (Chicago Sun-Times) new work that responds to a number of cultural icons, from Lena Dunham’s Girls to Seinfeld to August Wilson. Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes’ new play paints a miraculous portrait of a day in the life of three twentysomething black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of adulting in New York City.
Directed by Woolly company member Nataki Garrett.
"Laugh-out-loud funny, all night long."
It’s 1989, and Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution in American Legion halls all across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn’t personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of “melancholia,” she traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family... and on the violent men they all married.
Written by Obie Award-winning writer/performer Heidi Schreck (I Love Dick, Billions, Nurse Jackie), What the Constitution Means to Me pries into the very future of our inalienable rights. It’s a moving and entertaining experience that “finds the political, and the powerful, in the personal.” (New York Magazine)
"Funny and smart"
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.
Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj (2016) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (2010). Describe the Night is a “work of major ambition” (New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.
Directed by Woolly company member John Vreeke.
2018 Obie Award Winner, Best New American Play
"Rajiv Joseph has an ear for the heartbeat of the moment."
Kick off the 2018-19 Season
with two great summer shows!
What if you finally try moonlight rock climbing? What if you call your Uncle Ted out on his godawful toupee? What if you call in drunk—sorry, sick—to work on Friday? What if you get up the courage to tell your mom you actually hate her meatloaf? How different could your life be because of one seemingly innocuous choice?
Before you decide, let The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre—the world’s most audacious improv troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, and Bobby Moynihan—play out your potential futures in front of your eyes… just to be sure it won’t make your life a complete and total disaster.
From the legendary artists who brought you We Know How You Die!
Mike Daisey returns to tackle our nation’s most provocative subject: America’s relationship with guns. Throwing easy answers and partisan bickering out the window, he delves into the history of the gun and its place in our national culture, cutting through the political static with hilarious comedy, brilliant observation, and pitch-perfect timing.
"The master storyteller—one of the finest solo performers of his generation"
New York Times