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By Aziza Barnes
Directed by Nataki Garrett
February 4 - March 3, 2019
After a bad health scare, 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 celebrates queerness and sisterhood as three twentysomething black women wrestle with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of adulting in New York City.
Directed by Woolly company member Nataki Garrett
Featuring Woolly company member Shannon Dorsey
BLKS is made possible by a generous gift from Evelyn & Scott Schreiber
Describe the Night
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by John Vreeke
May 27 - June 23, 2019
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 a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? 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
Featuring Woolly company members Tim Getman and Kate Eastwood Norris
Featuring designs by Woolly company members Misha Kachman, Colin K. Bills, and Ivania Stack
2018 Obie Award Winner, Best New American Play
Describe the Night is made possible by a generous gift from Louis & Bonnie Cohen
The Peculiar Patriot
Written and Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks
April 1 - April 20, 2019
Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed “Peculiar Patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she is not sharing neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy illuminates our country’s cruel and unjust criminal justice system and its impact not only on the 2.5 million people behind bars, but also their family and friends.
Written and performed by the inimitable Liza Jessie Peterson and inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations including on the notorious Riker’s Island, The Peculiar Patriot is a fierce, funny, and shrewd indictment of the systemic inequity within America’s fastest growing industry, tracing its roots from the plantation to the prison yard.
Time Out New York
The Peculiar Patriot is presented in association with National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS
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