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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention
Hell Meets Henry Halfway


text by Adriano Shaplin, after Possessed
by Witold Gombrowicz
directed by Dan Rothenberg
created & conceived by

...including Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Steve Cuiffo, Bel Garcia, Sarah Sanford, James Sugg, and Dito van Reigersberg

February 2 – March 1, 2009

Appropriate for ages 16 & up.

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OverviewWho's whoSchedule and PricesDirections & Parking

About the Show

Famed Philadelphia theatre company Pig Iron transforms a gothic mystery into an orgiastic celebration of nihilism. As a prince lies dying his bitter secretary schemes, an alchemist conjures, and an egocentric tennis coach moves in on the ladies. An existential classic explodes into delicious darkness and antic acrobatics.

Inventively physical...highly visual style. [A] playfully acerbic air. Nothing remains quite what it seems...
Washington Post

ABSURD, UNBALANCING and EXHILARATING...a Tilt-a-Whirl of a show that leaves you dizzy and means to
The New York Times

AS DELIGHTFUL AS SIN. IT’S SPOOKY, SHOCKING, AND DAMN FUNNY! An outstanding cast. Like Jean-Paul Sartre retold by Mel Brooks, and then performed by the Marx Brothers.

HENRY IS WORTH YOUR TIME. Everyone brings their A-game. You won’t leave unaffected.

A dance-clown theatre ensemble whose fearless
performance style is rooted in comic anarchy. HELLISHLY FUNNY.




This engagement of Hell Meets Henry Halfway is made possible in part by support from:

This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The creation of Hell Meets Henry Halfway was made possible in part by the generous support of the Polish Cultural Institute; the Swarthmore Project in Theatre at Swarthmore College; and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Who's Who


Pig Iron Theatre Company

Philadelphia-based PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANYhas built an international reputation for exuberantly physical performances that defy easy categorization. Their Obie Award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway has toured the U.S. and Lithuania. Pig Iron’s playwright-inresidence Adriano Shaplin is a co-founder of the experimental Riot Group and winner of three Fringe First Awards at the Edinburgh Festival.


DAN ROTHENBERG (Director, Co-Creator) is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company.  He has directed almost all of Pig Iron's original performance works, including Poet in New York, Gentlemen Volunteers, Love Unpunished, Isabella, The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, Chekhov Lizardbrain, and the OBIE Award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway.  In 2001, Dan co-directed Shut Eye with Joseph Chaikin.  Together with Quinn Bauriedel and Dito van Reigersberg, he received a 2002 Pew Fellowship in Performance Art.  This year, Dan will direct the English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada's Enjoy in New York.


ADRIANO SHAPLIN (Text) is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Riot Group and has served as the company's resident playwright since 1997.  He is the author of eight plays for the company including Why I Want to Shoot Ronald Reagan, Wreck the Airline Barrier, The Zero Yard, Victory at the Dirt Palace, Pugilist Specialist, Switch Triptych and Hearts of Man.  He is a four-time recipient of the Scotsman Fringe First Award.  In 2006 Adriano because the first International Playwright-in-Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  His first play for the RSC, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, opened in London in 2008.  In 2009 Adriano will be collaborating with Riot Group and New Paradise Labs to create two new plays: Ruby Ruby Ridge and John Wilkes Booth.


GABRIEL QUINN BAURIEDEL (Marian Walchak – Feb. 2-15, Co-Creator) is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron.  He has performed, directed, and designed for the company over the last 13 years.  With his fellow Artistic Directors, Quinn received a Best Choreography Barrymore Award for Cafeteria and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Performance Art.  Recently, Quinn was named one of six national Fox Foundation Actor Fellows.  As part of his fellowship, he will direct the next Pig Iron production, Welcome to Yuba City, set to premiere in September 2009.  In 2010, Quinn will launch the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

STEVE CUIFFO (Dr. Peter Hincz) is an actor and magician.  His theater credits include Radiohole's Fluke, Major Bang (Foundry Theater), Steve Cuiffo Is Lenny Bruce at Joe's Pub; Rinne Groff's Orange, Lemon, Egg, Canary at P.S. 122; Lypsinka's The Passion of the Crawford; Patriot Act - A Public Meditation (New York Theatre Workshop); The Amazing Russello Magic Hour (Joe's Pub/Public Theater); The Roaring Girle (Foundry Theatre); Brace Up!, North Atlantic (Wooster Group); Byrdlesque (Donald Byrd-New Victory Theater, Broadway); The Filament Cycle (Tea Alagic/Stateless); Fever (NY Fringe Festival); The Man With The Flower In His Mouth (Lo-Fi-Co). Film:  On-line; Company K; Every Dog's Day.

JAMES O. DUNN (Marian Walchak – Feb. 18-Mar. 1) is an actor and director based in New York.  Credits include Game of Love and Chance (Folger Theater), Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis (Catalyst Theater), Somewhere in the Pacific (Potomac Theatre Project), Lovesong of the Electric Bear (Potomac Theatre Project), Headman’s Holiday (Theater Alliance), The Scarlet Letter (Rorschach Theatre), Suzan Lori Park’s Venus (Olney Theatre Center), A Man’s a Man (Arena Stage), Slaughter City (Theater Alliance), In the Boom Boom Room (Project Y), Blue Room (Phoenix Theatre Company),  Savage/Love (Project Y),  Plenty (Potomac Theatre Project), and Arcadia (Potomac Theatre Project).  Jay is a graduate of Middlebury College and L’École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

BEL GARCIA (Prince) is an actress, director, teacher, and producer from Rio de Janeiro.  She joined the Compania dos Atores in 1989.  She has worked in all of the company´s productions, either as an actress, marketing person, visual programmer or producer. In 1998, she shared the artistic direction of Espaço Cultural Sergio Porto with Enrique Diaz and César Augusto. Bel also acts in feature films in Brazil, and she played the lead role in Julio Bressane’s Filme de Amor.  For the past several years she has been performing the critically acclaimed Ensaio.  Hamlet and The Seagull, both directed by Enrique Diaz, at theaters around the world.

SARAH SANFORD (Maya Okholovska, Co-Creator) is an actor and director based in Philadelphia.  A member of Pig Iron since 2002, she has performed in six company creations.  Sarah’s other Philadelphia acting credits include: The Wilma Theater (The Life of Galileo), The Lantern (The Government Inspector, La Ronde, Othello), BRAT Productions (The 24-Hour Bald Soprano), and Jo Stromgren’s The European Lesson.  Sarah has also performed with Toronto company Volcano (Dora Award-winning The Four Horsemen) in Vancouver and Victoria.

JAMES SUGG (Jon the Ballboy, Co-Creator) is an actor, sound designer, composer and 10 year member of Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom he has created 10 original works.  James has also worked with Seattle Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Folger Theater, The Wilma, The Arden Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, Rainpan 43 and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental among many others.  His work has been recognized with four Barrymores for Outstanding Sound Design and the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist.   He is the composer of the musicals A Murder, A Mystery And A Marriage, James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris (Pig Iron), The Sea (a one man electric chamber opera) and Cherry Bomb with 1812 Productions.

DITO VAN REIGERSBERG (Henry Kholavitski, Co-Creator) is a graduate of Swarthmore College and The Neighborhood Playhouse. He is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and has been a performer and co-creator on almost all of Pig Iron's 23 original productions since the company's founding in 1995.  Favorite Pig Iron shows include Mission to Mercury, a ghostly fantasia with Queen music; the wordless clown play Cafeteria; and Hell Meets Henry Halfway.  Other recent roles include Hedwig in Azuka Theatre Company's Hedwig and the Angry Inch and George Tesman in Mauckingbird's lesbian-bent Hedda Gabler.  Dito hails from the Washington DC area.

Schedule & Prices


Section A
Section B
Previews (first week)
Mon 8pm
Tues 8pm
Wed 8pm
Thurs 8pm
Sat 8pm
Regular run:
Wed 8pm
Thurs 8pm
Fri 8pm
Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Sun 7pm

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Directions & Parking


641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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Nearby landmarks:

Woolly Mammoth is located in the bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood on D Street between Oyamel and Rasika restaurants, around the corner from TicketPlace, and down the street from Shakespeare Theatre Company's Lansburgh theatre. We are two blocks north of the National Archives and National Gallery of Art and two blocks south of the Verizon Center and the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery.


  • Take the Yellow or Green line to Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. Get off at 7th Street and Indiana Avenue, walk up 7th Street about a block, turn right on D Street, and you will see us.
  • Take the Red, Yellow, or Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown. Get off at the 7th and F Street exit, walk two blocks down 7th Street (toward The National Museum of Crime and Punishment), and turn left onto D Street, you will see us immediately on your left.
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  • The 70, 71, D1, D3, and D6 buses stop at the corner of 7th Street and E Street. Get off of the bus, walk south on 7th Street (toward Jaleo), continue 1 block and turn left on D Street, we are immediately on your left.
  • The P1, P2, P6, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, and 54 buses stop at 7th Street & Pennsylvania Ave. Head north on 7th Street toward Indiana Ave. (you will see the Metro stop for Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter-Gallery Place). Walk about 2 blocks and turn right onto D Street, we are on the left.
  • Not all of these buses have the same route for both directions, so please use WMATA's Trip Planner here.


There is limited metered street parking in the Penn Quarter near Woolly Mammoth, in addition to the following parking garages:

  • LAZ, 325 7th St. NW (entrance is on D Street, directly across from the theatre). Open late during Woolly productions, $10 evening rate when you mention you’re going to Woolly.
    Mobility-impaired patrons, please be aware: LAZ shuts off its elevators on the weekends. Mobility-impaired patrons who wish to use this garage should ask the attendant to park their car in the garage for them. Other options include the Interpark garage at 616 E St. NW which offers an elevator that lets out onto 7th St. opposite The Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Interpark, 616 E St NW. Open until 11pm Sunday - Friday and 1am Saturday, $9/hour (maximum $20).
  • Interpark Liberty Place, 325 7th St. NW. Open late during Woolly productions.
  • Colonial Parking, 601 Pennsylvania Ave (entrance at 6th & C). Open until midnight Monday - Saturday and until 11 pm Sunday, $10 flat evening and weekend rate.*

Garage prices and hours subject to change without notice

Driving Directions

From Virginia via I-395: When crossing the river bear left towards the 14th Street exit. Follow 14th Street, until Constitution Avenue and take a right. Turn left on 6th Street and another left onto D Street NW. (Note, earlier directions indicated the 12th Street Exit, which is currently closed for construction.)

From Virginia via I-66: Take I-66 into the District when it becomes US-50. Turn left onto 7th St NW. Turn right onto D St NW.

From Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac and points west: Reach Wisconsin Ave., NW via either Interstate 270 and River Road or Rockville Pike (which becomes Wisconsin Ave.) Remain on Wisconsin Ave. until reaching Massachusetts Ave., NW just south of the National Cathedral. Take Massachusetts all the way to 9th St. Turn right on 9th. Turn left on D St.

From Rt. 50, Baltimore and points east: Reach New York Ave., NE via either Rt. 50, I95 or the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Remain on New York Ave. all the way downtown to 6th St., NW. Turn left on 6th St. Turn right on D St.


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Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel and Sarah Sanford


James Sugg in Hell Meets Henry Halfway


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of
Hell Meets Henry Halfway

Wade Carey & Ted Coltman
Joan Daly
The Embassy of Poland
Paige Lance Hahn & Alex Hahn
Charles & Jenny Lawson

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