WOOLLY MAMMOTH’S SEASON 33 is a heart-stopping excavation of our cultural souls, encompassing both the joy of cultural expression and the struggle of cultures in conflict. With a unique global perspective, these ambitious new works carry us to far flung destinations including Africa, North Korea, Disneyworld, Zucotti Park, and the world of professional wrestling. Each destination is a hot zone where human emotions are bombarded by complex forces of religion, heritage, politics, and ethnicity. Passionately brought to life by Woolly's unique company and guest artists, the results will unearth the most deeply felt and startlingly funny sides of our selves.
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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
By Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by John Vreeke
September 3 – September 30, 2012
This 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Macedonio “Mace” Guerra plays the fall-guy for mega-successful “THE” Wrestling League, losing again and again to the impossibly charismatic champ Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of Chad’s, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a kick-ass comedy for the Obama-age. In wrestling, as in life, it’s tough to voice your own identity over the roar of the crowd.
HOWARD’S POV: I'm thrilled to introduce a meteoric writing talent, Kristoffer Diaz, to Washington—paired with Woolly company director John Vreeke (A Bright New Boise). Inspired by his love of both hip hop and wrestling, Kris draws us into a world gone mad with jingoistic fever, of daring stunts and absurd stereotypes, woven together by a simple tale of friendship.
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You for Me for You
WORLD PREMIERE by Mia Chung
Directed by Yury Urnov
In Association with Ma-Yi Theater Company
November 5 – December 2, 2012
Two North Korean sisters—facing starvation at the hands of a dizzyingly corrupt regime—make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States. When one of the sisters is denied passage because she is too weak to make the treacherous trans-Pacific crossing, the other sister makes a promise to race across time and space to save her.
HOWARD’s POV: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. 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.
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Michael John Garcés
February 13 – March 10, 2013
OBIE Award-winner Danai Gurira returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa in 1895, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes a forced marriage in her native village and lands in a Westernized household where Africans are pitted against each other over the arrival of Christianity.
HOWARD’S POV:Woolly is proud to continue our association with playwright Danai Gurira and Woolly company director Michael John Garcés (Oedipus el Rey). Danai’s intensely personal new drama about the clash of native religion and Christianity in what is now known as Zimbabwe follows the brilliant successes of In The Continuum and Eclipsed. Heartrending and humorous, The Convert firmly establishes Danai as one the finest playwrights in our global village.
Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
March 25 – April 21, 2013
Mike Daisey takes us all over the map to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Gun-play, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our new American dream. After record-breaking performances in New York, Chicago, and Boston, American Utopias returns to where it all began at Woolly Mammoth!
HOWARD’S POV:Mike Daisey has developed a special relationship with Washington audiences by always challenging us to make unexpected connections and to see our world in new ways. American Utopias asks how our nation, which began with Utopian zeal, continues to nourish or to squash the Utopian impulse today. I'm honored to welcome Mike and Jean-Michele back for their fifth show at Woolly—one of their most captivating.
Stupid Fucking Bird
WORLD PREMIERE by Aaron Posner
Sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Howard Shalwitz
May 27 – June 23, 2013
An aspiring young theatre director named Conrad struggles to get out from under the shadow of his mother Emma, a famous actress. Meanwhile, his young muse Nina falls for Emma’s lover Doyle, and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this contemporary and irreverent riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner transforms the famous "subtext" of the classic play into exuberant scenes and songs.
HOWARD’S POV: You probably know Aaron Posner as one of our city's best directors and adapters, but Stupid Fucking Bird reveals the passion, humor, and sheer originality of his writing. The idea for the play emerged when Aaron was rehearsing Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Woolly Mammoth, and it’s a dream come true to realize it on our stage.
…AND COMING TO WOOLLY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON…
The Pajama Men:
In the Middle of No One
Created and Performed by The Pajama Men
AKA Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez
Music by Kevin Hume
December 11, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Following sell-out runs in London’s West End, Albuquerque duo The Pajama Men come to Woolly with their stand-up/sketch comedy/physical theatre extravaganza, In The Middle of No One. A delightfully silly comedy thriller about love, alien abduction, and the spirit of adventure, the show captures The Pajama Men’s trademark style of blink-of-an-eye character switches and plot twists, underscored with unflinching joke telling.
HOWARD’S POV:This crazily-inventive duo has been a smash hit on the international comedy circuit for years—and they knocked me over at last summer's Edinburgh Festival. Their ironic sketches about love among strange humans and even stranger aliens seemed to me a perfect fit for Woolly’s adventurous audience.
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We would like to thank our most generous supporters – individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies – who are supporting our Season 33 Annual Fund with gifts of $10,000 or more. We would not be successful in pursuing our mission without this amazing support.
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National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE
Anne & Ronald Abramson
Arlene & Robert Kogod
Joan & David Maxwell
Scott B. & Evelyn Schreiber
Louis & Bonnie Cohen
Anthony & Jacqueline Dobranski
Miles Gilburne & Nina Zolt
Cathy MacNeil Hollinger & Mark Hollinger
Pete Miller & Sara Cormeny
Judy & Leo Zickler
Mark & Cindy Aron
Susan L. & Dixon M. Butler
David S. Cohen & Craig A. Benson
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Sheryl & Rick Donaldson
Michael Fitzpatrick & Miriam Gonzales
Michael Klein & Joan Fabry
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a participant in the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre. Woolly Mammoth has also been
awarded a grant through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Continuing Innovation Program.
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity:
Jeffrey Ahl & Toby Port
Chuck & Jenny Lawson
Bob & Mary Lou McGee
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for The Convert:
Shannon & Michael Alford
Miriam J. Cutler & Paul Salditt
Elizabeth & Paul L. Friedman
Chas Hausheer & Sheila Sweeney
Joan & David Maxwell
David & Peggy Shiffrin
Sallie C. Tyler
Adrienne & David Umansky
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for American Utopias:
Don & Nancy Bliss
Charlotte Hollister & Donald Clagett
Annie & Paul Mahon
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for Stupid Fucking Bird:
Karl K. & Carrol Benner Kindel
Eleanor Roberts Lewis &
Roger K. Lewis
Michael Ramirez & John Ralls
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support for The Pajama Men: In the Middle of No One:
Kenneth W. Crow & Basil Halabi
Susan & Daniel Mareck