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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

by Luis Alfaro
directed by Michael John Garcés

With Mando Alvarado, David Anzuelo, Jaime Robert Carrillo, Romi Dias, Gerard Ender, Andres Munar, and J.J. Perez

February 7 – March 6, 2011

Appropriate for ages 16 and up.
This production contains nudity and smoking.



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About the Show

¿Quién es este hombre? MacArthur Genius Grant winner Luis Alfaro adapts the “mother” of all tragedies and the ultimate story of forbidden love. Amid the sizzling rhythms of the LA barrio—the gang capital of America with the highest recidivism rate—a juvenile delinquent rises to be a king… But his passion for one woman will violate our most sacred law.

Oedipus el Rey is certainly written for an English-speaking audience. But as a Chicano adaptation of the Greek classic, the play is peppered with Spanish words and phrases. The seamless combination of Spanish and English is an important part of the South Central LA culture that provides the backdrop for the play. Click here to see some basic Spanish words you might hear on stage.


What the critics are saying about Oedipus el Rey:

The Washington Post

"Crackles with electricity."
Washington Examiner

"A staging that blends candle-lit spirituality and matter-of-fact brutality into a plausibly raw, modern myth."
Washington City Paper

"Handsome and sharp-edged, Oedipus el Rey is
a lean, brutal work of physical poetry."
DC Theatre Scene

"Absolutely riveting…it's hardly a cliche to say
the stage energy crackles."
We Love DC

"Flows with the rhythm and energy of well-tuned invective."

"A beautiful retelling of the quintessential tragedy."

The Theatre @ Boston Court:
“A spellbinding dance of pain and eroticism…refreshingly light touch to very familiar material”
Los Angeles Times

“Astoundingly real and electrifying”

At the Magic Theatre:
“Tender eroticism… cut through with the chill
of tragic inevitability”
San Francisco Chronicle

Oedipus el Rey wins Glickman Playwright Award

Playwright Luis Alfaro Nominated for Los Angeles
Drama Critics Circle Award for Oedipus el Rey

Oedipus el Rey was first produced in a rolling world premiere by Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena, CA, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC, as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life program.

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Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey is a contemporary “cautionary tale” that poses powerful questions about recidivism, re-entry, belonging, loyalty, and the tangled personal, societal, and political cycles that seem to drive our fates. Throughout the run, Woolly Mammoth’s dramaturgical and connectivity staff are exploring the local impact of these issues by providing audiences with a variety of perspectives into the world of the play.




Mammoth Forums

Town hall-style discussions designed to engage audiences in dynamic, personal dialogue about the issues explored in the play. Each forum features a small panel of special guests from organizations working to break cycles of violence, poverty, and injustice in our city. Audiences can attend one of the Saturday matinee performances listed below and stay for the Mammoth Forum, or come that afternoon just for the Forum. Duration: one hour.


Post-Performance Dialogues

Production Dramaturg and Literary Manager John Baker engages in conversation with a range of special guests about the production and its significance to American culture and the Washington, DC area. Following select performances. Duration: 25 minutes.

  • Tuesday, February 8th at 9:45pm (following the 8pm performance)
    • Luis Alfaro, Oedipus el Rey playwright
  • Thursday, February 10 at 9:45pm (following the 8pm performance)
    • Colin K. Bills, Oedipus el Rey lighting designer
    • Misha Kachman, Oedipus el Rey set and costume designer
  • Wednesday, February 16th at 9:45pm (following the 8pm performance)
    • Dr. Nancy LaVigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center at The Urban Institute
    • Paul Roe, owner and tattoo artist at Britishink Tattoos in NE Washington, DC
  • Sunday, February 20th at 4:45pm (following the 3pm performance)
    • Elizabeth Fisher, Professor of Classics at George Washington University
    • Paul Roe, owner and tattoo artist at Britishink Tattoos in NE Washington, DC
  • Thursday, February 24th at 9:45pm (following the 8pm performance)
    • Eddie Ellis Jr., former prison inmate and reform activist
    • Laura A. Shamas, mythologist


Learn ASL Through Stage Reading: Oedipus el Rey

Wednesdays, February 16 – March 16, 2011
7pm – 9:30pm
Fee: $150

An unconventional approach to learning American Sign Language (ASL), using an unconventional adaptation of a classic play. Taught by local theatre artist and sign master Monique Holt, this highly participatory instructional language course will be based around concepts and vocabulary used in the theatre world and incorporate cuttings from the script of Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey. The class fee includes a ticket to see Woolly Mammoth’s production of Oedipus el Rey. Questions? Contact Rachel Grossman, Connectivity Director, at 202-349-1284. To register, visit or call our Box Office at 202-393-3939.


Cruzando Screening

Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30pm in Woolly Mammoth’s Melton Rehearsal Hall.
Admission: Free

Join Director/Writer Mando Alvarado (cast member of Oedipus el Rey) and Executive Producers Abby Paige Fenton and Pete Miller (Woolly’s Board President) for an intimate screening and lively discussion.

Many earnest films have been made recently about the struggles of Latin American migrants trying to cross into the U.S. for a better tomorrow. Cruzando isn't one of them. This madcap adventure follows the journey of two Mexican no-hopers. Cruzando chronicles the real-life hazards of such a trip but is as much a comedy as it is a drama. About a week before the birth of his first child, Manuel learns that his long-lost father is about to be executed in Texas. Against his wife’s wishes he heads north, abandoning his job cleaning peep-show booths at a strip club while being tracked by the club's brutal bouncer. Manuel's videocam-toting pal Diego tags along, planning a documentary of the trek. Mistaken identities, family traumas, and dehydration complicate Manuel's quest, but he finally learns a familiar lesson: There's no place like home—even if home is not all that great.

This film is not rated. Suggested for 18 years and older because of adult language and themes. Running time: 95 Minutes

For reservations, contact Max Freedman, Connectivity Assistant, at

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OEDIPUS EL REY Connectivity Wrap Up

Connectivity Director Rachel Grossman presents a mashup of engagement events surrounding Oedipus el Rey, which closes this week.


Is It Fated? (Part 3)

In the final installment of “Is It Fated?” Connectivity Director Rachel Grossman talks with Ashley McSwain, Executive Director of Our Place DC about combating female recidivism and what it means to help make formerly incarcerated women truly free.


Is it Fated? (Part Two)

Tara Libert and Kelli Taylor of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop talk to Connectivity Director Rachel Grossman about how an unlikely pen pal inspired them to use their education to aid those walking the line between correction and rehabilitation in US prisons.


Is It Fated? (Part One)

In the first of three “Fated” podcasts, Connectivity Director Rachel Grossman, Literary Manager John Baker, and Connectivity Assistant Max Freedman chat with Penelope Spain and Whitney Louchheim, founders of Mentoring Today (a program which helps youth during and after incarceration) about how they came together to form this inspiring program, and whether or not it was, indeed, destiny.


Luis Alfaro Talks Love and Heat in OEDIPUS EL REY

Literary Manager John Baker and Literary Assistant Maura Krause join Marketing and Communications Assistant Katie Boyles in a conversation with Playwright Luis Alfaro about breaking cycles, life, and of course the forbidden love of Oedipus el Rey.


Not Your Memory’s Oedipus: We Ask YOU

Connectivity Assistant Max Freedman asks audience members fresh of out A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics to tell him the Oedipus story in their own words, however they remember it!

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Learn more about the efforts of local organizations working to break cycles in our city and find out how you can make a difference.

The Alliance of Concerned Men
The Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) is a nonprofit organization with the goal of saving lives of at-risk youth residing in high crime areas of the Washington, DC metropolitan community. Since 1991, ACM has been providing community services to families and children at risk and in crisis throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

BloomBars is an artist and non-profit incubator, performance space, art gallery, theater, dance studio, screening room, youth academy, and center for health, wellness, and community engagement. BloomBars is turning the concept of uniting communities through the arts into a model for energizing and inspiring communities to strive for personal and collective progress. We believe art—meaning music, visual and multi-media arts, martial arts, dance, and film—has a critical role in community building, social justice, advocacy, youth development, and health and wellness. We believe art can be a powerful conduit to link individuals inspired to serve, and communities and organizations in need.

DC Public Library
The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning, and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity, and to build a thriving city. We are proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities, and elevating the quality of life.

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Free Minds uses books and creative writing to empower young inmates to transform their lives. By mentoring and connecting them to supportive services throughout their entire incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals. Free Minds serves 16 and 17 year old males who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail. Over the past 8 years, Free Minds has served more than 350 youths through the Book Club, Continuing Support, and Reentry Support phases of our program.

Greater DC Cares
With over 20 years of experience, Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region. Greater DC Cares comprehensively mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC Region.

The Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center
The Juvenile Justice Clinic provides legal representation to adolescents charged with committing misdemeanors or felonies as well as an experiential and classroom learning program for law students.

Mentoring Today
Mentoring Today serves youth both before and after they are released from incarceration to support their successful reintegration into their families and community.  Mentoring Today's advocates and mentors help youth with critical issues such as education, employment, and housing as they enter adulthood.  Through these comprehensive, client-centered services, Mentoring Today strives to improve the juvenile justice system and empowers our young people to recognize their dreams and realize their aspirations.

Our Place DC
Our Place is a unique non-profit organization in the District of Columbia dedicated to providing gender-specific direct services and advocacy to help formerly and currently incarcerated women come back home from prison. We operate with a mission to support women who are or have been in the criminal justice system by providing the resources they need to maintain connections with the community, resettle after incarceration, and reconcile with their families. Our Place helps women remain drug and alcohol free, obtain decent housing and jobs, gain access to education, secure resources for their children, and maintain physical and emotional health with a goal of helping women succeed in the community rather than engage in behaviors that result in re-arrest.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) meets the urgent needs of at-risk youth and their families in Washington, DC. We believe that young people and families already possess the strengths and abilities necessary to solve their problems and improve their lives. A person who believes he can change and who can envision a different life can make that desire real. SBY provides help wherever it’s needed—on the street, in its shelters, or at the homes of young people and families who are struggling. Serving DC’s poorest communities, where institutions and systems are broken and young people and their families are struggling to overcome obstacles, SBY uses proven youth development practices to help young people find new ways of surviving, thriving, and realizing success.

Visitors' Services Center
VSC helps prisoners while they are incarcerated and newly released to create, maintain, and strengthen family and community ties so they are better prepared for successful transition back into our community. At VSC, we know that helping people charged with breaking the law is an unpopular cause in a community that is, at times, overwhelmed with crime. We offer no excuse for criminal behavior, but we recognize that virtually all prisoners return to the community. Many inmates, prior to arrest, have dropped out of the support systems that were hopefully available to them--family, healthcare, education, employment. To re-enter the community, they need help. It is in everybody's interest to give it to them.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless envisions a more just and inclusive District of Columbia.  Its mission is to use the tools of the legal profession to make justice a reality for those struggling with the effects of homelessness and poverty in the nation's capital.  For nearly 25 years, our dedicated staff and network of volunteer attorneys have worked to assist our clients in moving their lives to a better place by providing low barrier, comprehensive legal services for individuals and families at intake sites throughout the community, and undertaking advocacy aimed at improving access to local and federal programs for housing and homeless services, public benefits, and emergency assistance.

YWCA Positive Transitions Adult Literacy and Workforce Development Program
The YWCA of the National Capital Area is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We have been serving low income women in the DC Metropolitan Area for over 100 years. The YWCA provides literacy and vocational training to men and women through the Harrison Center for Career Education, offers programs in Health and Wellness, and has been at the forefront of racial and social justice issues since its founding. The Positive Transitions Adult Literacy and Workforce Development Program offers low-income, unemployed, and under employed individuals the opportunity to increase their academic skills to assist them in developing the skills that will lead to sustainable careers and self-sufficiency.

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Who's Who


LUIS ALFARO(Playwright) works in theatre, performance, poetry, short fiction, and journalism. A Chicano born and raised in downtown Los Angeles, Luis is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and is the only playwright to have received two Kennedy Center Fund for New American Play awards in the same year. A former Resident Artist at the Mark Taper Forum for ten years, Luis served as Director of New Play Development. His plays and performances have been seen throughout the Americas and Europe and include Electricidad, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Black Butterfly, No Holds Barrio, Bitter Homes & Gardens and Straight as a Line. He has taught throughout the Country and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. He has an award-winning solo recording, down town, an Emmy for his short film, Chicanismo, and his first screenplay, From Prada to Nada, was produced and released by Lionsgate.

MICHAEL JOHN GARCÉS (Director) is the Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. There he has directed plays by Naomi Iizuka, Julie Marie Myatt, Page Leong, Jeffrey Hatcher and, most recently, Making Paradise, a musical by Tom Jacobson, Shishir Kurup and Deborah Wicks de la Puma. He also wrote Los Illegals, created in residence with communities of day laborers and domestic workers. Previously at Woolly he directed Grace and Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright. Other theatres he has directed at include New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, the Guthrie, the Atlantic, Repertorio Español, INTAR, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep and The Huntington Theatre. His production of the break/s by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, which co-premiered at The Humana Festival and the Walker Arts Center, was presented at the Kennedy Center last year. Michael is the recipient of the Princess Grace Statue and the Alan Schneider Director Award. 





MANDO ALVARADO (Coro) last appeared on the Woolly Mammoth stage in the role of Pinky in Our Lady of 121st Street. He has appeared at Round House Theatre: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; Folger Theatre: All’s Well That Ends Well; Theater Alliance: Tales form Ovid and Painted Alice. He currently resides in Brooklyn. In NY, he’s worked at INTAR, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Mixed Co. and the Lark. His film and television credits include: Cruzando (a film he co-wrote and co-directed with Michael Ray Escamilla), Cop Out, Louie, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, The Sopranos, Damages, and Rescue Me. LYB for taking the ride with me.



DAVID ANZUELO(Laius) last appeared on stage at the Public Theater in Knives & Other Sharp Objects for LAByrinth Theater Company. Other favorite work includes INTAR Theater: Night Over Taos and Points of Departure; The New Group: Aunt Dan & Lemon; Goodman Theatre: Peter Sellars’ Merchant of Venice; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Frost/Nixon; Geva Theatre: September Shoes; Apple Tree Theatre: Blade to the Heat, Richard Schechner’s Hamlet and Stand-Up Tragedy (JosephJefferson Award for Best Supporting Actor). Film work includes Remember Me; Prime; Capers; Indocumentados; You Won’t Miss Me; Planet Brooklyn; Man of the Century; Reservation Road. TV work includes Mercy; Law & Order; Blue Bloods; The Sopranos; Guiding Light; Third Watch; One Life to Live; Law & Order: SVU. David is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company.



JAIME ROBERT CARRILLO (Coro) is a New York based actor and a Resident Artist at The Living Theatre. Film credits include: Melvin Van Peebles’ Confessions of a Ex-Doofus Itchy Footed Mutha (Tribeca Film Festival). NYC credits include The Classical Theatre of Harlem: King Lear, MARAT/SADE, Macbeth, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Dream on Monkey Mountain; Mabou Mines: Red Beads; The Flea Theater: The Vultures, Offending The Audience, and I.E., in the other words; Bay Street Theater: Viva La Vida!;Faux-Real Theatre: Oedipus Rex. DC credits include GALA Theatre: The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico, and La Granada; Studio Theatre Secondstage: Clean, and Love’s Fire. Jaime is a graduate of The William Esper Studio and holds a BA with honors in Theater Arts from Brandeis University. He was a company member of The Classical Theatre of Harlem as well as The Bats, a Resident Company of The Flea. He was awarded 2010 Best New Play by the IATI Playwrights Lab. Jaime is originally from Washington DC, born and raised in Columbia Heights.



ROMI DIAS (Jocasta) last appeared as Jocasta in Oedipus el Rey at the Magic Theatre. Stage favorites include New York Theatre Workshop: Light Raise the Roof directed by Michael Garcés; Intar 53: Young Valiant also directed by Michael Garcés; Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Tempest; The Edinburgh Theatre Festival: Joan of Arc;  Seattle Repertory Theatre: Anna in the Tropics; Alliance Theatre: Day of Kings; Humana Festival of New American Plays: Strike/Slip by Naomi Izuka; Cherry Lane Theatre: Fuente; the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference: La Llorona. At Denver Center Theatre Company she has starred in The Clean House, Living Out, and Sunsets and Margaritas. She has appeared on television in Third Watch, all of the Law & Orders, and Saturday Night Live. Film credits include El Cantante opposite Jennifer Lopez, All Night Bodega, and Sunstorm. She is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for theatre.



GERARD ENDER (Tiresias) returns to the stage after several years. He has appeared in principal roles in 20th Century Fox’s Broadcast News, as Ned Beatty’s partner in Saban Entertainment’s Blind Vision and in leading roles in a wide array of independent films, many award-winning. His television credits include A Man Called Hawk, Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO’s series The Wire portraying Sam, a Turkish ship’s engineer who is brutally murdered by Baltimore’s Greek mob. Gerard has completed two feature films recently, Blue Collar Boys by Mark Nistico and Babylon Central, co-written and directed by Eric Hilton. Gerard was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Joaquin in the English version of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Spinster from Tacna at The Source Theater Festival in Washington, DC. Gerard’s theatre appearances have been extensive. He co-directed the short drama film Tracks that is currently on the festival circuit and has won several awards. He has also produced and directed theatre, performance videos, as well as corporate videos in both English and Spanish. In addition he serves as a Spanish Speaking Media Consultant. Gerard earned a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland with a concentration in RTVF.



ANDRES MUNAR(Oedipus) was last seen in Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz at the Old Globe Theater. He is a recipient of a Fox Foundation/TCG Fellowship at Cornerstone Theater Company which culminated with his performance in Naomi Iizuka’s Three Truths. He is a longtime collaborator of Michael John Garcés both at Cornerstone (Los Illegals, Attraction) as well as at INTAR Theatre, NY Theatre Workshop, EST, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, HERE Arts Center, and The Shalimar. Also at INTAR: Eduardo Machado’s Kissing Fidel and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ Tight Embrace. Other credits include Working Theater: American Jornalero by Ed Cardona; Hip Hop Theater Festival: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Ben Snyder; The Lark: Decomposition by Alfonso Carcamo; Cherry Lane: Rajiv Joseph´s Huck and Holden; NYMF: Kingdom; NAATCO: The Dispute; Edge Theatre: Life is a Dream. Mr. Munar is a recipient of the Bowden Award from New Dramatists. He has guest starred on a couple of TV shows and made his feature film debut in Steven Soderbergh´s Che. His second feature, Entre Nos, was presented at the Tribeca Film Festival.



JOSE JOAQUIN PEREZ (Creon) is a proud graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. His Off-Broadway credits include 59e59 Theaters: Fit; The Working Theater: American Jornalero; LABryinth Theater Company/The Public Theater: Minotaur: A Romance. His regional credits include The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Hartford Stage: Take Me Out; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. His film credits include We Need to Talk About Kevin with John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton, Cowboys and Aliens directed by Jon Favreau, The Graveyard, Turtle Hill, Cruzando, Esquinero, and Shadowland: The Movie. He would like to thank INTAR and Larissa and Layla for putting up with their favorite Tio.



MISHA KACHMAN (Set and Costume Designer) is a graduate of the State Academy of Theatre Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. At Woolly Mammoth he designed sets for Gruesome Playground Injuries and Fever/Dream (2009 Helen Hayes Awards nomination). Misha’s most recent projects include Round House Theatre: Wrinkle in Time and Around the World in 80 Days; The Kennedy Center: Barrio Grrrl! and Unleashed!; Maryland Opera Studio: Evgeny Onegin, Xerxes and Così fan tutte; Theater J: The Odd Couple, The Seagull and The New Jerusalem; Milwaukee Shakespeare: Cymbeline, among many others. Misha serves as an Assistant Professor of Scene and Costume Design at University of Maryland. He is also a renowned painter and printmaker whose work has been shown at numerous one-man and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. More of Misha’s work can be seen online at

COLIN K. BILLS(Lighting Designer) has lit many productions at Woolly, including In the Next Room or the vibrator play, House of Gold, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Clybourne Park, Full Circle, Eclipsed, Fever Dream, Stunning, The Unmentionables, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and The Clean House. His designs have been seen at The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Didactic Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Stage, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theater, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theater J, Tsunami Theatre, Vermont’s Northern Stage, the Washington Revels, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Bills has won two Helen Hayes Awards, for his designs of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He shares his life with his beautiful wife Rachel.

RYAN RUMERY (Original Music and Sound Design) has recently designed Measure for Measure, Stunning, Current Nobody, and Vigils atWoolly Mammoth Theatre Company. His Broadway credits include Thurgood, which starred Laurence Fishburne. Off-Broadway, his recent work includes original music in Classic Stage Company: Three Sisters, Orlando, and Uncle Vanya; wild project: A Bright New Boise; Irish Repertory Theatre: Emperor Jones; Clubbed Thumb: Precious Little; Ensemble Studio Theatre: End Days. His recent sound design credits include Second Stage Theatre: Gruesome Playground Injuries; Ars Nova: Now Circa Then; Public Theater: Neighbors; Manhattan Theatre Club: Back Back Back and Based on a Totally True Story. Regional theatre credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre, Centerstage, The Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf, the Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Alley, Syracuse Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Alliance and Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. His film credits include SyncroNYCity.

LINDSAY PRYOR (Production Stage Manager) is returning to Woolly after stage managing Full Circle, Fever/Dream, and Current Nobody. For the past six years she has been honored to stage manage productions, workshops, and staged readings for Imagination Stage, Theater J, Theatre Alliance, Journeymen Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and The Kennedy Center, where she also led national TYA tours of Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major and Blues Journey. Lindsay is a graduate of Emerson College and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Many thanks to her husband Mark for his support and general awesomeness.

LORRAINE RESSEGGER (Fight Choreographer) is a DC-based Actor, Fight Director, and Arts Educator. She is a Founding Member and Ringleader, Artistic Management of dog & pony dc. Recent choreography credits include Imagination Stage: Perseus Bayou; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: House of Gold; dog & pony dc: PUNCH!—that’s the way we do it!; The Adequate Players: Bad Hamlet; Taffety Punk: Romeo and Juliet. Lorraine is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the International Order of the Sword and the Pen. She is a candidate for M.F.A. in Pedagogy with an emphasis in Movement and Stage Combat at Virginia Commonwealth University.

JOHN M. BAKER (Dramaturg) is the Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He is the former Artistic Associate at Brooklyn-based Page 73 Productions and Literary Associate at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He has dramaturged new work with Clubbed Thumb, Guthrie, Juggernaut, Juilliard, The Kennedy Center, Lark, Ma-Yi, NNPN, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Page 73, Partial Comfort, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, SPF, Williamstown, among others. He has recently worked with directors Hal Brooks, Sean Daniels, Kip Fagan, Jackson Gay, Sam Gold, Wendy Goldberg, Davis McCallum and playwrights Neena Beber, Julia Cho, Samuel D. Hunter, Jason Grote, Heidi Schreck and Jen Silverman. John holds a B.A. from Boston University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.


Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm; Saturday, February 12th only at 8pm (no 3pm); Sunday, February 13th at 7pm (no 3pm).

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Mon, February 7th, and Tues, February 8th at 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell out.


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Romi Dias and Andres Munar in Oedipus el Rey (2011)


Special Funding provided by:
Joan & David Maxwell


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of
Oedipus el Rey:

Andy Colb & Nancy Chapman
David Gossett & Dena Ringold
Karen Lefkowitz & Allen Neyman
Sheldon & Barbara Repp
Scott & Evelyn Schreiber



Oedipus el Rey is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant


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