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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

 

Featuring Company Members Daniel Escobar, Naomi Jacobson, and Sarah Marshall with JaBen Early, Alice Gibson, Tia James, Sean Meehan, Casie Platt, and Jenna Sokolowski.

Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (no intermission)

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About the Show


What do a corporate lecturer, a career waitress, and an anthropomorphic pig all have in common?

They are all characters in the world premiere of Civilization (all you can eat), a vaudevillian romp of corruption, consumption, and enterprise at the dawn of the Obama age. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this absurdist satire takes you through the world of six hungry city-dwellers, burning with ambition and a desire to “make it”. But at what cost? Sarah Marshall stars as Big Hog, the ultimate capitalist underdog, along with Danny Escobar, Naomi Jacobson, and an award-winning Washington cast.

"Grote has made a name for himself in recent years
with scripts that explode the boundaries between the
ordinary and the chimerical, the political and the aesthetic,
the intimate and the dizzyingly cosmic."
The Washington Post

"A well constructed satire, crisply delivered."
The Washington Post

"Spot-on acting, highly recommended."
DC Theatre Scene

"Provocative, biting, surreal, and yet all too real."
—Twitter follower

 

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Programming:


Jason Grote’s Civilization (all you can eat) is a vaudevillian romp about consumption, corruption, and enterprise at the dawn of the Great Recession. Throughout the run of the show, Woolly’s staff and community are examining our own American civilization and wondering, “is there a viable alternative to capitalism?” Join us online and in the theatre for several opportunities to explore this question and others that the play provokes.

 

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CIVILIZATION
Which one is the greatest?


We’ve asked experts (and non-experts) from across DC to name the greatest civilization ever. Compare each civilization’s stats and vote live in the lobby before and after the performance of Civilization (all you can eat). We’ll tally your votes after each performance to determine which civilizations advance to the next round. Once the voting closes and the scores are in, we’ll announce who advances to the next round on Facebook and Twitter. Fill out a bracket with your top picks to predict which one will make the championship and be named “greatest civilization ever.” Accurately predict the winner and receive a free Woolly flex pass!

Follow along with the competition online here!
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POST-PERFORMANCE CONVERSATIONS


Woolly staff invites members of the community to share reflections on two lingering questions that the play leaves us with: is there a viable alternative to capitalism? And who, or what, is the character Big Hog? Join us in exploring these questions and more on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 22 following the 8pm performance:
    Featuring Howard Shalwitz, director of Civilization (all you can eat).

  • Sunday, February 26 following the 2pm performance:
    Panel Discussion featuring Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, William Rice, member of Wealth for the Common Good, and Adrian Parsons, active member of Occupy DC and performance artist.

  • Thursday, March 1 following the 8pm performance:
    Audience Exchange featuring Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect and regular Washington Post op-ed columnist and Karen Dynan of the Brookings Institution

 

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(ALL YOU CAN EAT)
How much is too much?


Like it or not, our own civilization includes capitalism, consumerism, and corruption. How much of yourself will you compromise to get what you want? In our lower lobby will be three opportunities for you to get great prizes—a free snack at concessions, a free drink voucher, a gift certificate to a Penn Quarter restaurant—which will come with a price. How far will you or your fellow audience members go to obtain one of these great prizes?

 

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Oyamel at Woolly Mammoth


On six very special nights Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is partnering with Think Food Group to host Oyamel at Woolly! Patrons will be able to purchase a prix fixe meal and tickets to a show on a single reservation. Enjoy a delicious meal from Oyamel hosted in Woolly Mammoth’s Lobby then stay for Civilization (all you can eat) by Jason Grote. Seating for this unique opportunity is limited and reservations are required! The Oyamel Prix Fixe is $55, and the discounted tickets are also $55. Reservations require a minimum party size of two (2).

DATES:

Friday, February 24th
Saturday (Evening), February 25th
Friday, March 2nd
Saturday (Evening), March 3rd
Friday, March 9th
Saturday (Evening), March 10th

RESERVATIONS:

To book your reservation today call the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939 and mention Oyamel at Woolly!

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The Woolly Mammoth Blog cracks open the theatre’s operations and new play production process. Posts written by Woolly artists and staff go live twice a week—every Tuesday and Friday. During the run of Civilization (all you can eat), the Woolly blog will touch on topics such as viral videos, “selling out,” Occupy DC, interviews with vegetarians, and foodie culture.

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radiowoollyRadio Woolly is is Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's very own radio station. Tune in to hear interviews with Woolly staff members, playwrights, artists, and community members reflect on new play production and wrestle with the content and aesthetics of the current production.

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Occupy The District, Part Two


Team Woolly, inspired by The Civilians’ Occupy Your Mind project, took a field-trip over to McPherson Square to scope out the Occupy DC movement that is right in our neighborhood. This is Part Two of the conversation that occurred just days before the police raided McPherson Square on behalf of the National Park Service's revised mandate on camping in parks. We chatted about alternatives to capitalism, DC vs Wall Street, and housing with activists Adrian Parsons and Pavan Vangipuram right outside of Cosi in McPherson Square over some free coffee and pizza.

 

Occupy The District


Team Woolly, inspired by The Civilians Occupy Your Mind project, took a field-trip over to McPherson Square to scope out the Occupy DC movement that is right in our neighborhood. We sat down with activists Adrian Parsons and Pavan Vangipuram right outside of Cosi in McPherson Square to talk about the fundamentals of Occupy DC, what it means to "occupy", and how Occupy DC has affected the community. This is Part One of the conversation (it’s so good we had to have a sequel) that occurred just days before the police raided McPherson Square on behalf of the National Park Service's revised mandate on camping in parks.

 

SMACKDOWN, Woolly Style


Annnnddd in this podcast, we’re giving you the deets on our CIVILIZATION SMACKDOWN. Who hails as the greatest of all civilizations? What is a civilization, anyway? Listen and get a taste of what Woolly has cooked up for programming during Civilization (all you can eat) by Jason Grote.

 

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Who's Who

 

JASON GROTE (Playwright) is a playwright and television writer based in Brooklyn. Previously at Woolly Mammoth: the world premiere of Maria/Stuart in 2008, directed by Pam MacKinnon. Other plays include 1001, Hamilton Township, Darwin’s Challenge, Box Americana, and This Storm Is What We Call Progress. He is a writer for the NBC/Dreamworks show "Smash," produced by Steven Spielberg, and created by Theresa Rebeck, with music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Current projects include a commission from ACT/Seattle about Stalin and Shostakovich and a musical adaptation of 1001 with composer Marisa Michelson. His work has been produced and developed with Sundance, Playwrights Horizons, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, The Foundry, Mass MoCA, The Luminato Festival (Canada), The Glej Theater (Slovenia), Salvage Vanguard, HERE, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Collaboraction, and elsewhere. He was the 2006 P73 Playwriting Fellow.

HOWARD SHALWITZ (Director, Artistic Director) has been the visionary force behind Woolly Mammoth for 32 seasons, steering the theatre’s adventurous play selection, guiding the development and production of dozens of new works, and building a renowned acting company.  Under his leadership, Woolly Mammoth has grown from a tiny “alternative” theatre to one of the leading centers for path-breaking theatre in America.  Howard received the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director for Clybourne Park, and has received multiple Helen Hayes nominations as both a director and an actor. In recent seasons, he directed the world premieres of Fever/Dream and Big Death and Little Death, along with She Stoops to Comedy, Measure for Pleasure, and The Faculty Room. He has directed for major New York and regional companies including New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Studio Arena, and Milwaukee Rep. He was recently recognized for Distinguished Service to the Humanities by the Humanities Council of Washington DC, received the 2005 Founders Award from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and was selected by Washingtonian Magazine as a 1999 “Washingtonian of the Year.”

 

CAST


SARAH MARSHALL (Big Hog) has been a company member at Woolly Mammoth since the early ‘90s. A few of her notable performances at Woolly include Dead Monkey, Wanted, The Clean House, Boom, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and In the Next Room or the vibrator play. She has performed at many Washington Theatres, most recently at Studio Theatre in The Golden Dragon. In May she will perform in The Taming Of The Shrew at the Folger Theatre. She teaches acting at Georgetown University.

NAOMI JACOBSON (Carol) has been a company member at Woolly for a very long time. Some Woolly favorites: The Unmentionables, Vigils, Kvetch, Goodnight Desdemona - Good Morning, Juliet, Free Will & Wanton Lust (all Helen Hayes nominations), Dead Man's Cell Phone (premiere), The Clean House, Full Circle, Heaven, Big Love, Psychic Life Of Savages, Dead Funny, andJason Grote’s Maria/Stuart (with Sarah Marshall). She’s performed on DC stages at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Wolf Trap Opera, The Kennedy Center; regionally at The Goodman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and does voice-overs for NPR and PBS. Naomi is a Lunt Fontanne Fellow and two-time Helen Hayes Award recipient. Next: God of Carnage at Signature Theatre directed by Joe Calarco.

DANIEL ESCOBAR (David) recently appeared at The Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles in Rock and Roll, Room Service, and Curse of the Starving Class, where he is also a company member.  When last at Woolly, Daniel was in She Stoops to Comedy and Full Circle. If you watch television, you might have seen him on episodes of Whitney, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Desperate Housewives, or Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you’re up late and have a thing for watching straight to cable movies, you might have seen him in Not Forgotten, The Human Contract, Sympathy for Delicious (special Jury Prize at Sundance), Blow (the wedding scene, guy with the big afro, yeah, none other), and let us not forget The Mexican.No, not me...it's the name of a gun!  I'm the one with dyed blonde hair, Raul's the name...perhaps I valeted your car and you just couldn't place the face.

CASIE PLATT (Jade) was last seen at Woolly Mammoth in the world premiere of Current Nobody. Other credits include Forum Theatre: Harper in Angels in America, dark play or stories for boys; Signature Theatre: The Little Dog Laughed, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Sex Habits of American Women; The Hub Theatre: Dear Sara Jane; Ford's Theatre: Sabrina Fair; Catalyst Theater: Crumble...Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake, We Are Not These Hands; Capital Fringe Festival: Cautionary Tales for Adults and The Many Adventures of Trixie Tickles; African Continuum Theatre: The Gingham Dog; Imagination Stage: Perseus Bayou, Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!; Didactic Theatre: The Glory of Living; Maryland Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing.

JENNA SOKOLOWSKI (Karen) has appeared at Woolly Mammoth in Antebellum and She Stoops to Comedy. Other regional credits include Olney Theatre: The Sound of Music, Annie (Helen Hayes Award Nomination – Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical), Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella;Metro Stage: Savage in Limbo;Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion, Candida; Signature Theatre: [title of show], Urinetown (Helen Hayes Award Recipient – Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical);Round House Theatre: Eurydice;The Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Ivanov;Folger Theatre: Clandestine Marriage; The Shakespeare Theatre: The Rivals.She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Syracuse University.

SEAN MEEHAN (Mike) graduated from the Trinity Repertory Conservatory where he received his MFA in acting. Since that time he has performed in various productions such as Bootycandy at Woolly; Here Arts, NYC: Next!; Boston Theatre Marathon: What Strong Fences Make; The New Group: Mourning Becomes Electra; La MaMa E.T.C.: The G Word: For Those Born Later; New York Classical Theatre: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth; Rep, Theatre of St. Louis: The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Gloucester Stage: The Widow’s Blind Date; Virginia Stage: Of Mice and Men; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: Cripple of Inishmaan; Bread Loaf Theatre: The Master Builder; Indiana Repertory Theatre: Ghosts; Perishable Theatre: Zoo Story; Trinity Repertory Company: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Othello, and A Christmas Carol.  On television he has been seen in Suits, The 2-2, The Good Wife, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and has appeared in various commercials and films including Aunt Louisa, The Undying, All Good Things, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and The Avengers.

TIA JAMES (Zoe) is thrilled and honored to be making her Woolly Mammoth debut! She was last seen at Two River Theater Company: Much Ado About Nothing;UglyRhino: #NYC; and The Public: The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice. A Graduate of NYU TISCH: Grad Acting, Tia has gone wonderfully mad from a number of shows; The Philanderer, StrindbergStrindberg, Tongue of a Bird, Once in a Lifetime, Rift, Mud River Stone, and Hot L Baltimore. Tia received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

ALICE GIBSON (George Washington/Ensemble) most recently performed as Kitty Bennett in Round House Theatre’s 2011 fall production of Pride and Prejudice. In 2009 she performed at Woolly Mammoth in Fever/Dream as a corporate hipster. Other DC area credits include Flying V Theatre Company: Cuddlebot/Betty Paige in Science Fiction Double Feature; 1st Stage Theatre: Loretta in Featuring Loretta; and The Inkwell: The F Word. She received her BA in Theatre Performance from The University of Maryland College Park.

JaBEN EARLY (Veterinarian/Ensemble) is a Washington, DC native and has been performing for local audiences for the last three years. He recently appeared in Arena Stage's production of Ruined.  He trained at both Morehouse College and Sarah Lawrence where he received his MFA. Amongst his favorite roles are Bigger Thomas in Native Son and Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus. He would like to thank his parents and extended family for their support.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM


DANIEL ETTINGER (Set Designer)

VALERIE ST. PIERRE SMITH (Costume Designer)

COLIN K. BILLS (Lighting Designer)

VERONIKA VOREL (Sound Designer)

DIANE COBURN BRUNING (Choreographer)

MARIBETH CHAPRNKA (Production Stage Manager)

MIRIAM WEISFELD (Dramaturg)

 

Schedule


Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm; Tuesday, February 14th at 8pm; Saturday, February 18th at 8pm (no 3pm performance); Sunday, February 19th at 7pm (no 2pm performance)

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Monday, February 13th, 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell out.

Post-Show Discussions:

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 following the 8pm performance
  • Sunday, February 26, 2012 following the 2pm performance
  • Thursday, March 1, 2012 following the 8pm performance

CDNHave a special someone that you want to impress? Show them a good time without breaking the bank at Woolly's Cheap Date Night.

Is there a more Woolly way to spend Valentine's Day than a play about corruption, consumption, and talking pigs?

We can't think of one…so we're excited to bring back our popular CHEAP DATE NIGHT special this Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14th. Take your sweetheart to see Civilization (all you can eat), for just $20 per ticket! Click here to purchase.

 

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Oyamel at Woolly Mammoth


On six very special nights Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is partnering with Think Food Group to host Oyamel at Woolly! Patrons will be able to purchase a prix fixe meal and tickets to a show on a single reservation. Enjoy a delicious meal from Oyamel hosted in Woolly Mammoth’s Lobby then stay for Civilization (all you can eat) by Jason Grote. Seating for this unique opportunity is limited and reservations are required! The Oyamel Prix Fixe is $55, and the discounted tickets are also $55. Reservations require a minimum party size of two (2).

DATES:

Friday, February 24th
Saturday (Evening), February 25th
Friday, March 2nd
Saturday (Evening), March 3rd
Friday, March 9th
Saturday (Evening), March 10th

RESERVATIONS:

To book your reservation today call the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939 and mention Oyamel at Woolly!

 

Tickets


Prices start at $30. Prices subject to change.

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Sarah Marshall in Civilization (all you can eat) (2012)

 

Woolly Mammoth would like to
thank the following patrons
for their generous support of Civilization:


Shannon & Michael Alford
David Alpert & Stefanie Schneider
Joe Dunne & Elena Grigorieva
The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation
Karl K. & Carrol Benner Kindel
Chuck & Jenny Lawson
Eleanor Roberts Lewis &
   Roger K. Lewis
Julianna & Donald Mahley
Darrell Smith & Tom Turnbull
Ed & Andy Smith
Sallie C. Tyler
Adrienne & David Umansky
Ted & Amanda Walker
Jonathan Zucker

 

Catering Sponsor:

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Restaurant Sponsor:

cedar

 

 

Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design

 

Naomi Jacobson and Casie Platt in Civilization (all you can eat) (2012)