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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

Back By Popular Demand!


written & performed by Charles Ross

July 5 – August 1, 2010

Appropriate for all ages.
Running Time: 65 minutes (no intermission)



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About the Show

It’s definitely the right time to let your inner geek shine brightly for the world to see!

Peter Jackson may have had slightly more financial support and the use of CGI effects for his legendary film version of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in comparison to Charles Ross’ one-man show. However, it is more impressive and entertaining to see Charles’ solo act shoehorn 11 hours and 23 minutes of film into a 65 minute performance. Those minutes are packed with his mind-blowing amalgamation of 42 characters, familiar theme music, and sound effects. Most people would scoff at the idea of watching this trilogy of films a couple thousand times. Fortunately for us, Charles certainly doesn’t hold that same belief.

Whether a fan of the books, films, or both, you will genuinely appreciate the attention to detail he has paid to his comedic send-up of this iconic, classic tale!

What are reviewers, bloggers, and others
saying about this show?

“Charles Ross is a winning entertainment machine.”
The Washington Post

“A must see!” – Washington Life Magazine

Check out DC Theatre Scene interview with One Man Lord of the Rings star Charles Ross

In this City Paper interview, Charles Ross shares the inspiration behind his one-man trilogies.

“Its sheer physicality is impressive as hell… It’s something else too. Something meaningful. Something moving. Something… precious” – Washington City Paper

"Charles Ross is the reigning master of comically spastic reductive storytelling.” – Brightest Young Things

“Charles Ross is a master of the physical.” – DCist

Charles Ross is “astoundingly energetic and hugely entertaining… he delivers a bravura performance.”
DC Theatre Scene


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Who's Who


CHARLES ROSS (writer/performer)—a Canadian actor, playwright, and self-proclaimed ‘professional geek’— is best known as the mastermind behind the infamous One-Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the Rings. Ross’ talents have become recognized around the globe. Since first performing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy in Toronto, Ontario in January of 2001, Ross has brought countless audiences to their feet with his surprisingly unique shows.

Word of Ross’ one-of-a-kind talent has spread like wildfire with recent appearances on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His Off-Broadway debut in August 2005 was a smashing success, and had critics raving about the incredible intensity that Ross brings to his work. To mark the release of Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, Charles Ross was honored to perform at Lucasfilm’s official movie release convention, Celebration 3. Even the likes of Vin Diesel and Sir Ian McKellan have taken in his performances with rave reviews. No matter the engagement—be it a rowdy night out with friends, a matinee with the family, or a Sci-Fi convention for the very dedicated—Charles Ross has entertained the masses with his high-energy and side-splitting romp through Middle Earth or a galaxy far, far away. More information can be found on his site,

TJ DAWE (director) Longtime friend of Charles Ross, TJ Dawe has been there to make all of his shows a reality. A Vancouver-based writer and performer, TJ has toured the Fringe festival circuits numerous times and has toured extensively throughout North America and Australia. He received a Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play or Musical in 1998 for Tired Clichés. In 2001, TJ received the “Just for Laughs” Comedy Award for The Slipknot. He was also the winner of the “Best Male Performer” award at the 2002 Orlando International Fringe Festival. Charles and TJ continue to collaborate—they’d be crazy not to.

CHRISTINE FISICHELLA* (Production Stage Manager)



Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 6pm & 9pm except for Saturday, July 10 at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm except for Sunday, July 11 at 6pm

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Mon, July 5 at 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6:30pm, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming between 5-5:30pm. Performances typically sell out.



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If you're not familiar or need a refresher, here's a brief overview of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


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Charles Ross in
One Man Lord of the Rings (2010)

Photos by Magnus Rew


Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of
One Man Lord of the Rings:

Jeffrey Ahl & Toby Port
Shannon & Michael Alford
Donald & Julianna Mahley
Annie & Paul Mahon
Adrienne & David Umansky


Show Photo & Design:
Lisa Hebden


The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events, and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises; all rights reserved.