July 9-11

  • Directed by Alina Collins Maldonado

In association with Spit Dat and THEARC theater

HOMEGROWN, a collaborative performance project, brings local legends of DC’s spoken word scene together with Ward 7 and Ward 8 residents, through an innovative partnership between THEARC Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Spit Dat, DC’s longest-running open mic. Weaving together poetry, storytelling, hip hop, and verse, HOMEGROWN is an original performance piece that celebrates local spoken word artists and the resilience of DC, its people, and our communities. HOMEGROWN was developed through SPIT DAT Academy, a dynamic program that supports the growth of the city's next great performance artists, led by Woolly Mammoth Artists-in-Residence Dwayne Lawson-Brown and Drew Anderson. Come find strength in community and experience home.

This performance is live and in person outdoors at THEARC - 1901 Mississippi Ave SE Washington, DC 20020. Mask mandates remain in effect on campus. All audience will be required to wear masks indoors as well as outdoors.

“HOMEGROWN will be our first in-person production since March of 2020. I cannot believe it’s been 15 months since Woolly has gathered people into a space to experience live theatre. I’m deeply honored that our first foray back will be with our core partners and collaborators at THEARC and Spit Dat. It feels auspicious to have this momentous occasion be focused on the talents of local artists and I hope it’s a harbinger of many more exciting projects that will highlight DC’s vibrant community.”

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director