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How did Woolly Mammoth get its name?

In the winter of 1978 two young actors sat in a smoky New York City bar with a bottle of chianti. They talked about what their ideal theatre company might look like and concluded that it needed a name like no other. As the bottle was emptied, the cocktail napkin beside it was filling with wild, strange, and wonderful ideas. By the end of the night, their fantastic ambition had a name: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

What kind of plays does Woolly Mammoth produce?

Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in developing and producing new plays. Some of these plays are world premieres, brought to life for the first time ever at Woolly; others have premiered recently in London, New York, or Chicago and are making their Washington, DC debut. Woolly prides itself on producing work that is edgy, challenging, and thought-provoking, rightfully earning its title as "Washington's most daring theatre company."

How many awards has Woolly won?

Woolly Mammoth has received more than 190 Helen Hayes Award nominations for its productions and 33 Helen Hayes Awards, including nine Charles MacArthur Awards for Outstanding New Play. The Outside Woolly program has been honored with the Washington Post Award for Outstanding Community Service, and Woolly Mammoth has twice received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence.

What happens to a play after it's premiered at Woolly?

Our world premieres frequently enjoy a long and distinguished history after their first productions at Woolly. To date, our world premieres have been produced at over 200 theatres in 39 states around the country, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, the Public Theatre in New York City, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Our plays have appeared internationally in theatres and festivals around the globe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I've never heard of this play. How do I know it will be good?

Artistic risk is a way of life for us at Woolly Mammoth. While we can't guarantee that every audience member will like every play, we can assure you that all our plays are produced at the highest level of professionalism and are worth your time and thoughtful attention.

Still not sure? Visit the show production pages on this website. You'll find interviews, video, sound clips, photos, and other information to help you learn about our work.

How do you assist patrons with disabilities?

Woolly Mammoth Theatre is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Patrons with special needs are encouraged to contact the Box Office in advance and plan to arrive early for seating assistance. Infrared listening devices are available through the Box Office; please ask an usher for assistance. Unfortunately, sign language interpretation and audio description are not available at this time.

Mobility-impaired patrons, please be aware: the garage across the street (LAZ) shuts off its elevators on the weekends. Please click here for more information on local parking garages with handicap access.

How much do tickets cost and how can I buy them?

Ticket prices depend on the performance day and the location of your seat. For the 2011/12 season, they start at $20. We have three easy ways to buy tickets: online, over the phone at 202-393-3939, or in person at 641 D Street, NW. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

I love the plays I've seen at Woolly! How can I purchase a subscription?

It’s super easy! We have two great options for Season 32: a 5-Play Package and a Flex Pass that is perfect for those who are afraid to commit to dates far in advance. Click here to find out how to join the Woolly family, and to see what special perks we offer!

How do I get to Woolly Mammoth Theatre?

Our facility is in Penn Quarter in downtown Washington, DC. Our street address is 641 D Street, NW. The nearest cross street is 7th & D, NW. By Metro, we're a block from the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Green and Yellow lines, or two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Red line. Click here for more information or specific directions.

I'd like to play a bigger part in helping Woolly "defy convention." Where do I start?

Thanks for your interest! There are lots of ways to make a contribution to Woolly Mammoth. If you would like to help us by sponsoring a show or contributing to the Annual Fund, click here. If you would prefer to donate your time or talent, please consider becoming a volunteer usher or applying for an internship. Woolly is always looking for dedicated people to support its efforts!

Where can I park?

We have partnered with the LAZ garage across D Street to offer Woolly patrons $10 parking for our shows. There are many other garages within a two-block radius of Woolly Mammoth; check our Plan Your Visit page for more information.

What's a good place to eat around here?

If you're looking for good food, you've come to the right place! Penn Quarter has restaurants and cafés to appeal to every taste. Click here to view a list of local dining opportunities.

What are the best seats in the house?

One of the reasons we're so proud of our award-winning new theatre is that it retains the intimacy of our former homes while accommodating bigger audiences and better technology. Nearly every seat offers a clear, close, unobstructed view of the stage. We offer pricing based on distance from the stage, with a limited number of standing room and partially-obstructed seats available at discount prices. Click here for more information about pricing and seating. If you have special seating requirements, please contact our Box Office at 202-393-3939 for assistance.

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Sarah Marshall in Dead Man's Cell Phone

Sarah Marshall in the world premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone (2007)


Kimberly Schraf and Mitchell Hébert in Patience (2002)