Woolly's 2018-19 Season
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Kip Fagan
September 3 - September 30, 2018
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).
Made possible by a generous gift from Joan & David Maxwell
Featuring designs by Woolly company members Misha Kachman and Colin K. Bills
"Sharply observant and playfully theatrical, this thought-provoking work continues its talented young writer's winning streak"
By 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Written and Directed by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone
October 23 - November 4, 2018
Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever begins as a simple story about an ordinary party and evolves into a spellbinding examination of how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us. Created by Obie Award-winning theater experimentalists 600 HIGHWAYMEN, The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility and our willingness to be there for one another.
"A lovely, haunting meditation on human connection"
New York Times
Directed by Carly Heffernan
December 3, 2018 - january 6, 2019
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"
By Aziza Barnes
Directed by Nataki Garrett
February 4 - March 3, 2019
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.
Made possible by a generous gift from Evelyn & Scott Schreiber
Directed by Woolly company member Nataki Garrett
Featuring Woolly company member Shannon Dorsey
"Laugh-out-loud funny, all night long"
By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Oliver Butler
April 1 - April 28, 2019
It’s 1989, and young Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by entering speech competitions 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 pries into the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of American women and men. Before the night is over, she’s engaged in a fierce, impromptu debate with a local teen over the future of our inalienable rights.
Written by Obie Award-winning writer/performer Heidi Schreck (I Love Dick, Billions, Nurse Jackie), What the Constitution Means to Me is an exhilarating experience that “finds the political, and the powerful, in the personal.” (New York Magazine)
"Funny and smart"
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by John Vreeke
may 27 - June 23, 2019
2018 Obie Award Winner, Best New American Play
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.
Made possible by a generous gift from Louis & Bonnie Cohen
Directed by Woolly company member John Vreeke
Featuring Woolly company members Tim Getman and Kate Eastwood Norris
Featuring designs by Woolly company members Misha Kachman, Colin K. Bills, and Ivania Stack
"Rajiv Joseph has an ear for the heartbeat of the moment"