September 9 - October 6, 2019

  • By Jackie Sibblies Drury
  • Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
  • Show runtime TBD

Something is keeping me from what I could be.

And that something, It thinks that it has made me who I am.

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 work by Woolly company members Shannon Dorsey, Kimberly Gilbert, Cody Nickell, Colin K. Bills, Misha Kachman, and Ivania Stack

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

New York Times Best Theater 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."

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director

FAIRVIEW performance calendar

Woolly does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, please contact our box office at 202-393-3939.

"A glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theater to rattle, roil and shake us wide awake"

New York Times

"Outstanding, frustrating, hilarious, and sui generis"

The New Yorker

"Under a playful surface, [FAIRVIEW] is strenuous and scalpel-sharp and working its way through deep rage"