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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

written and performed by
Chicago's legendary comedy theatre

December 8, 2010 –
January 9, 2011

SOLD OUT! Tickets still remain for
the Special Benefit Performance
on January 8th.
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Appropriate for ages 16 and up.
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes
(with one 15 minute intermission)

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About the Show


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Following the success of Barack Stars: The Wrath of Rahm, Second City returns to its DC home for a riotous take on the most influential, powerful, and polarizing women in politics. Chicago’s famed comics create an all-new revue exclusively for Woolly Mammoth and Washington, DC!

What people are saying about
A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics:

“A dynamite cast.” — Washingtonian

"This phenomenally connected ensemble delivers smart,
sharp-edged satire that could even move a Tea Party conservative to lighten up."

"The show delivers everything you expect: solid sketch comedy show that follows the recipe for a great night of comedy."
We Love DC

"If you need a little levity from partisan rancor,
then A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics
is the perfect tonic."
Brightest Young Things

"Hilarious! Second City rocks and oozes talent!"
— Twitter follower

A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics has been featured in the following publications:

Politico’s Click on the Making of the Show

The Washington Post on The Second City’s
relationship with Woolly

NBC Talks to A Girl’s Guide… Cast Member Brooke Breit


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Who's Who



JOEY BLAND (Ensemble) Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Joey Bland recently played the title role in the Second City’s long-running hit musical Rod Blagojevich, Superstar, a role cited was cited by the Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago’s Best Theatrical Performances of 2009. Before that, he spent two years in the Second City Touring Company. In Chicago, he regularly performs with the musical improvisational troupe, Baby Wants Candy, and with The Improvised Shakespeare Company. In 2005, Joey was a two-time champion on Jeopardy. Thanks to Heather and Jack.



BROOKE BREIT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Woolly after performing in Barack Stars. Originally from North Carolina, Brooke graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and improvised with Mama's Pot Roast. In addition to globetrotting with the Second City Touring Company, she has performed at iO Chicago and the Annoyance in shows like Love is Dead and her critically acclaimed solo show, idiot: a love story in pieces. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Chip, and Josh.



LILI-ANNE BROWN (Ensemble), a native Chicagoan, wears the following hats regularly (and gets paid 70% of the time): actor, singer, director, writer, casting director. Perhaps this is why she doesn’t have a boyfriend.  You may have seen her playing poker with Patrick Swayze on television, or singing, dancing and wearing various wigs onstage. She can next be (un)seen directing the Chicago premiere of Passing Strange for Bailiwick Chicago, where she is a Collective member. Thanks to Mom for the unflagging support.



LORI MCCLAIN (Ensemble) was born in Toledo, OH and studied acting at Wright State University. In 2004, she performed for US Troops in Iraq as part of a Second City USO Tour. Improv credits include: Sirens, ComedySportz, and Whose Chorus Line Is It Anyway? (co-creator/director). Among favorite scripted roles: Xena, Warrior Princess in Xena Live! and as Patti Blagojevich in Rod Blagojevich Superstar!  Lori sings jazz with the Lori McClain Trio and television commercials include Meijer’s, Aldi, Walmart, and Lyrica.



REBECCA SOHN (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to DC.  She is an alumna of The Second City e.t.c. Theatre in Chicago. Acting credits: The Butcher of Baraboo (Steppenwolf), An Immigrant Class (Remy Bumppo), What Once We Felt (About Face). TV/Film: Early Edition, Rogers Park, Stages of Emily.  Writer/performer: Hope is a Four Letter Word (Second City), Idiot Tango, The Inventions Show (Annoyance). Currently she writes, performs, directs, teaches and facilitates for SC and Annoyance.  Thanks and love to Rich.


BILL BUNGEROTH (Director) is proud to have had the opportunity to direct such a superlative group of actors. He also extends his love and thanks to The Second City, Eric Dolphy, Powell-Peralta Skateboards, TJ, The Anarchist Cookbook, Matt  Hovde,  Marrs Blackmon, Alison Mf’’n Riley, Butter, A. Rimbaud, Lupe Fiasco,  Dr. Mick Napier, JC Brooks & the Black Panther Party,  Bande a Part, and dependable Murray's Pomade - not to mention his lovely wife Alicia Keys/ The City of Chicago/Patricia Neal circa 1963.

SHAWN PACE (Stage Manager) has been stage-managing all over the country for the last decade. He just returned from, stage-managing Hello, Dolly! At Arkansas Rep. He is excited to return to The Second City. He has previously Stage Managed BizCo for two years and Jewsical! the Musical for Second City. Career highlights include being part of the Tony Award-winning 2001-2002 season at Minneapolis’ The Children's Theatre Company, where he stage-managed Grimm Tales, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings and The Wizard of Oz. He has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Project, Noble Fool Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, and countless others. Shawn is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

DIANA LAWRENCE (Musical Director) is thrilled to be at Woolly Mammoth Theatre with this Second City production. Diana has worked as a pianist/music director for many Chicago theatres, including ComedySportz, Apple Tree Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet. She is also a singer/songwriter, and her debut album was released this summer. Diana’s first job with The Second City was touring Europe on a cruise ship, and though it was divine, she is happy to be on dry land this time in this fantastic city.

ANDREW F. GRIFFIN (Lighting Designer) is now designing his third show with Woolly Mammoth where he previously lit The Last Cargo Cult and The K of D. A freelance lighting designer based in Washington, DC, Andrew has created lighting designs for many companies in the DC area and beyond including Olney Theatre Center, Toledo Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, The Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Imagination Stage, Forum Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Adventure Theatre, and Synetic Theatre where his design of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. For more, visit

KLYPH STANFORD (Set Designer) is designing his first show at Woolly Mammoth.   Recent work includes Lighting Design for Henry VIII at Folger Theatre, Scene Design for The Piano Lesson at Hangar Theatre, Lighting and Projection Design for El Bola, Cuba’s King of Song, LightingDesign for El Retablillo de Don Cristobal at Gala Hispanic Theatre, and Scene and Projection Design for Hysteria (Helen Hayes Nomination) at Rep Stage.  In addition his design work has been seen at Theater Alliance, African Continuum Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Theatre J, Open Circle Theatre, Columbia Classical Ballet, Step Afrika, and Forum Theatre, among others.  Mr. Stanford is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.



Tuesday through Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 7pm & 10pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm

Added performance: Sunday, December 19th, at 7pm

No performances: Friday, December 24th; Saturday, December 25th

Special performance dates:


Tickets start at $30. Prices subject to change.

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Joey Bland, Brooke Breit, and Lori McClain in A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics (2010-11)


Lili-Anne Brown and Rebecca Sohn in A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics (2010-11)
Photos by Colin Hovde


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of
A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics:

Philip D. Berlin
Rich & Amy Buckley
Laura Farina
Wendy & Don Hagen
Paige Lance Hahn & Alex Hahn
Linette S. Hwu
Ed & Andy Smith
Adrienne & David Umansky


Show Art Concept & Design:
Kate Landis Loewengart & Judy Luke
Illustration © Ronald J. Cala II / i2i art