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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention


FREE THE BEAST! will support the production of
25 new plays over a ten-year period: 2012 – 2022.

Thanks to Free the Beast!, we’ve already said YES  to these three projects:

Mia ChungYou For Me For You by Mia Chung
Korean-American playwright Mia Chung is one of the most imaginative young writers of her generation, and Woolly is honored to launch her first major production: a play about two North Korean sisters who make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States. With brilliant Russian director Yury Urnov at the helm, this delicate story shatters our conception of life inside and outside the rigid borders of an ominous regime.
FREE THE BEAST will support:

  • Completion commission for the playwright
  • Three-day workshop at Woolly
  • Four-week workshop production with Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City
  • World Premiere at Woolly in fall 2012, in association with Ma-Yi’s network of Asian-American artists

Aaron PosnerStupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner
Aaron Posner is one of Washington, DC’s best directors and adapters. The idea for this play emerged when Aaron was rehearsing Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Woolly. In this contemporary and irreverent musical riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, everyone discovers just how soul-crushing (but delightful!) love, art, and growing up can be.
FREE THE BEAST will support:

  • Completion commission for the playwright
  • Funding for composer and musical director of original score
  • Three-day workshop at Woolly Mammoth
  • One-week workshop at Lake George Theater Lab in upstate New York
  • An extra week of rehearsals with Director Howard Shalwitz
  • World Premiere production at Woolly in spring 2013

Robert O'HaraZombie: The American by Robert O’Hara.
Woolly Company Member Robert O’Hara directed Danai Gurira’s In the Continuum, wrote Antebellum, and drew a record number of new audiences to Woolly with Bootycandy, which he both wrote and directed. We’ve been dreaming of commissioning Robert to create a brand new play for his fellow Company Members, and this is it: a futuristic thriller about a White House literally haunted by America’s past.

FREE THE BEAST will support:

  • Commissioning fee for the playwright
  • Two research visits to explore Washington architecture and history
  • Two workshops at Woolly
  • Further production development steps
  • World Premiere at Woolly, tentatively planned for 2014

For more information or to help FREE THE BEAST
please contact Sarah Slobodien Dovere,
Director of Development at 202-312-5275 or


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