Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017

February 10 - March 8, 2020

  • By Anne Washburn
  • Directed by Saheem Ali
  • In a Co-Production with The Public Theater
  • 2 hrs 45 mins

*all Sunday, March 8 shows are cancelled**

We regret to inform you that ALL March 8 performances of Shipwreck has been canceled due to actor illness. In this climate, we feel it is important to share that the actor does not have the COVID-19 virus. And, we continue to take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, including extra cleaning and sanitization of our spaces. We encourage our artists, audiences, and employees to follow thorough hygiene practices regarding hand washing, covering coughs & sneezes, and other common sense precautions.

Please call our box office at 202-393-3939 or email tickets@woollymammoth.net to reschedule or request a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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 co-production with The Public Theater.

Featuring work by Woolly company members Jon Hudson Odom, Colin K. Bills, and Jared Mezzocchi


"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."

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director


Special Performances

  • Open Captioned performances on Feb 21 at 7:30 PM (with ASL interpreted post-show discussion) and March 4 at 7:30 PM.
  • Post-show discussions will take place after the performances on Feb 11, Feb 21 at 7:30 PM (ASL interpreted) and Mar 8 at 1:30 PM.

Content transparencies: SHIPWRECK: A HISTORY PLAY ABOUT 2017  contains discussion and depictions of racism, treatment of enslaved people, sexism, profanity, rape, and assault.

For a detailed summary of the show, INCLUDING SPOILERS, please click here. If you have further questions about any content, please contact our box office at 202.393.3939.


"Truly thrilling, truly original fantasia of a drama"

New York Times

"It has the supreme virtue of addressing the topic that haunts so many Americans today"

The Guardian

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