Join our mailing list!

Buy Tickets | Friend Woolly | Follow Woolly | Woolly Blog | Donate

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention


by Rajiv Joseph
directed by John Vreeke

Featuring Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey and Tim Getman

May 17 – June 19, 2010


Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Running Time: 90min (no intermission)

OverviewWho's whoSchedule and PricesAdditional Info


About the Show

Two eight-year-olds’ lives collide in the nurse’s office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer.  These two rebels may only be fit for one another.  But how far can one person go to heal another’s wounds?

"Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing"
Washington Post

"This haunting ode to self-destruction is paradoxically life-affirming"CityPaper

"Injuries is layered with quirky humor and poignant intensity."Washingtonian

"Gruesome has you chortling and swallowing back tears"
DC Theatre Scene

Gruesome knows all about love. And all about hurt.”


Click the image for more info

Click here to buy tickets...

Who's Who


RAJIV JOSEPH (playwright) is new to Woolly Mammoth. Gruesome Playground Injuries had its world premiere last fall in Houston at the Alley Theatre and will have its New York premiere this winter at Second Stage Theatre. His play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama and is currently in production at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles under the direction of Moisés Kaufman. Bengal Tiger was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s New York productions include Animals Out of Paper, Second Stage Theatre, summer 2008; The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), Alter Ego, fall 2007; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006; All This Intimacy, Second Stage Theatre, 2006. World premieres of new plays in the coming year, include The North Pool at Theatre Works in Palo Alto; The Lake Effect at Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey; and The Medusa Body at the Alley Theatre. He received his BA
in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal.

JOHN VREEKE (Director) has been based in Washington DC for the past nine years.  He directed Heroes for Metro Stage, which shared the award for Best Ensemble at the Helen Hayes this year.  For Woolly, he directed Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, which received four Helen Hayes nominations including director and production; the hugely popular production of The K of D by Laura Schellhardt; and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, which received four Helen Hayes nominations.  He directed Homebody/Kabul at Theater J and Our Lady of 121st Street at the Kennedy Center, both for Woolly Mammoth.  He directed the critically acclaimed and Helen Hayes-nominated production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at H Street Theater/Forum Theater and he received positive critical notice and an extended run of sold-out shows for his re-invention of Fiddler on the Roof for Olney Theatre in Maryland and directed Karen Zacarias’ new children’s play Chasing George Washington for the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center and subsequent national tour. He has two Helen Hayes Nominations for his adaptation and direction of Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Washington Shakespeare Company, which he originally adapted with Mary Machala for Book-It Repertory Theater in Seattle in 1997. 
For Theater J he directed Born Guilty, which earned him another Helen Hayes nomination; a new adaptation by Ari Roth of Chekhov’s The Seagull;  Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden; a new novel/play by Joyce Carol Oates, the Tattooed Girl; and  the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Bal Masque a critically acclaimed production of Tiny Alice and Death and the Kings Horseman for WSC; Opus and Red Herring for Everyman Theatre; Heroes, One Good Marriage, and For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again at Metro stage; The Monument and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You for H Street, The Caretaker for the Salt Lake Acting Company. This winter he directed Dying City by Christopher Shinn for Seattle Public Theater to critical acclaim.  During the nineties in Seattle he was the associate producer and casting associate for the CBS-TV series Northern Exposure.




gabriellaGABRIELA FERNANDEZ-COFFEY(Kayleen) is thrilled to be back in Woolly arms after appearing in Stunning in 2008. Other Washington area credits include How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), Cita a ciegas (GALA Hispanic Theatre), and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theatre--Helen Hayes Award Nomination/Outstanding Lead Actress).  As a collaborator in the development of new plays, Gabriela has also worked with The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre J, South Coast Rep, Young Playwrights, HERE and Blue Heron Arts Center. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is grateful to be a part of the theatre communities in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA where also resides.  Thank you to Woolly, Rajiv, and John for this indelible mark, and to Tim for your company in it.  Para ti, AP.


timTIM GETMAN (Doug) is thrilled to be returning to Woolly Mammoth where he has appeared previously in The Unmentionables, The Distance from Here, and Savage in Limbo (both at UMD). Other local credits include: Arena Stage: Death of a Salesman, View from the Bridge, Christmas Carol: 1941, The Misanthrope, Streetcar Named Desire; Everyman Theatre: Two Rooms,The Exonerated; Folger Theatre: Midsummer Night's Dream, Elizabeth the Queen; Olney Theatre Center: Night Must Fall, An Enemy of the People, Somewhere in the Pacific; Rep Stage: A Lie of the Mind, In the Heart of America (Helen Hayes Nomination: Ensemble); Rorschach Theatre: Multiple Roles and Producing (Company Member); Signature Theatre: In the Absence of Spring, Lieutenant of Inishmore; a number of other roles in the DC/Baltimore Area including The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, The Hub Theatre, and Source Theatre; Awards: Mary Goldwater; Training: Macalester College and Trinity College Dublin. Next up: The Pirate Reperatory at Imagination Stage!



MISHA KACHMAN (Set Designer) is delighted to be back at Woolly. Misha’s most recent designs include costumes and/or scenery for Fever/Dream at Woolly Mammoth (Helen Hayes Awards Nomination for Outstanding Set Design), Barrio Grrrl! and Unleashed! at the Kennedy Center, Evgeny Onegin, Xerxes and Così fan tutte at Maryland Opera Studio, Lost in Yonkers, The Seagull and Honey Brown Eyes at Theatre J and Cymbeline at Milwaukee Shakespeare, among many others. Misha serves as an Assistant Professor of Scene and Costume Design at University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the State Academy of Theatrical Arts in St.Petersburg, Russia and has worked as a museum designer at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1994 to 1998; Misha is also a renowned painter and printmaker, whose work has been shown at numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Misha Kachman’s work can be seen online at

FRANKLIN LABOVITZ (Costume Designer) is excited to be returning to Woolly after designing costumes for Fever/Dream last season. DC area credits include costumes designs for The Olney Theatre Center, Imagination Stage, Studio Theatre Second Stage, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance, Catalyst Theatre Company, Rorschach Theatre, The Potomac Theatre Project and The National Players.

COLIN K. BILLS (Lighting Designer) is an Associate Artist at Woolly, where he has lit many productions including Clybourne ParkEclipsed, Full Circle, Boom, Fever/Dream, Antebellum, Stunning, The Unmentionables, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and The Clean House. His work has been seen at The Berkshire Theatre Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Didactic Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Stage, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theater J, Tsunami Theatre, Vermont’s Northern Stage, the Washington Revels, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Colin has been nominated for nine Helen Hayes Awards, winning the award for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 2010 and for Dead Man’s Cell Phone in 2008.  He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Theater Fellowship, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.  He shares his life with his beautiful wife Rachel.

CHRISTOPHER BAINE (Sound Designer) Recent design work includes Dancing Princesses and Mulan with Imagination Stage; Da, and Bus Stop with Olney Theatre; and Two Rooms with Everyman Theatre. He has also designed for Theater J, The Hub Theater, Journeyman Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Kennedy Center TYA, American Century Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Theatre Alliance, Washington Shakespeare Company, Source Theatre Festival, American College Theatre Festival, Young Playwrights Theatre, University of Maryland, Catholic University, American University, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, and National Players.

MIRIAM WEISFELD (Dramaturg) is the Director of New Play Development at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where she has dramaturged world premieres including David Adjmi’s Stunning, Robert O’Hara’s Antebellum, and Dania Gurira’s Eclipsed (all of which received Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding New Play). Her other credits include work for New York Theatre Workshop (projects with JoAnne Akalaitis, Ivo van Hove, and Universes); A.R.T. (projects with Robert Woodruff, Anne Bogart, and Paula Vogel); Steppenwolf Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; and Lookingglass Theatre. She has lectured on theatre at Harvard University, MIT, Suffolk University, Northwestern University, the Kennedy Center, and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute at Harvard University.



Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
(no 2pm performance May 23), plus one Tuesday 8pm show on June 1.

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Mon, May. 17 & Tues, May 18 at 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6:30pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming between 5-5:30pm. Performances typically sell out.
  • Meet-the-Artists Discussions: following performances on Wed, May 26, Sun, May 30 (2pm), and Thurs, Jun. 3.



Previews, 1st week: Wednesday and Thursday 8pm - $37 & $27;
Saturday 8pm - $56 & $46.

Regular price: Tuesday-Thursday 8pm and Sunday 7pm - $50 & $40; Friday 8pm and Sunday 2pm - $57 & $47; Saturday 8pm - $62 & $52.

CDNCheap Date Night: Good for first dates, double-dates, and especially blind dates.

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

On Fridays May 28, June 4, June 11, & June 18, you can see the show for only $20 a ticket, enjoy Happy Hour at the theatre before (starting at 6:30pm) and after the show, and mingle with artists involved with the performance and share stories of Gruesome Injury or Enduring Love.

Give our Box Office a call at 202-393-3939 and use promotion code 868 when ordering (two tickets per person). Purchasing Cheap Date Night tickets includes even deeper discounts on Happy Hour specials throughout the evening.
pbr logo
Cheap Date Nights are supported by Pabst Brewing, proud supporters of the arts.


Click here for a seating chart for Gruesome Playground Injuries.


Click here for exact dates and prices...


Additional Information:


Click here to explore Gruesome Playground Injuries further including our RadioWoolly podcasts, program notes, and more.


Playwright Rajiv Joseph wins a prestigious playwriting award the last week of October.

The Houston Chronicle's review


Buy Tickets Purchase a Subscription



gpi side5

Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey and Tim Getman in Gruesome Playground Injuries (2010)
Photos by Stan Barouh


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of Gruesome Playground Injuries:

Dolci & Sunny Bajaj
Martha Blaxall & Joe Dickey
Don & Nancy Bliss
William Caldwell
Cooper Thomas, LLC
Miriam Cutler & Paul Salditt
Lis & Kevin Driscoll
Linette S. Hwu
Richard A. Kasten
Chuck & Jenny Lawson
Jane McGrath Neal
Julie F. Rios
Jeremy & Erika Rissi

Restaurant Sponsor:


Catering Sponsor:



Playbill Sponsors:

At Shepherd University




Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design