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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention


Featuring members of Chicago's The Second City: James T. Alfred, Maribeth Monroe, Scott Montgomery, and Travis Turner, with Woolly Company Member Jessica Frances Dukes and Aaron Bliden.

Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Running Time: 2hrs, 15min (1 intermission)

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About the Show

Laugh while you can 'cause things ain't gettin’ better. This season, Woolly artists fly to Chicago to work with The Second City's classic comedy wizards in an unprecedented collaboration. Their mission? Bring back to Washington the most gleeful anti-holiday celebration of doom ever.

Praise for Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies

“Of all the satirical revues that Woolly Mammoth Theatre
has been host to over the years,
this visit by The Second City is, hands down, the funniest.”
The Washington Post

“The Second City’s edgiest, darkest,
and most irreverent show yet.
Woman Around Town

“A talented comedic ensemble…audience participation
is taken to a new level.”
We Love DC

“Offers a wide scope of comedy that's sure to trigger
several laugh-till-it-hurts moments.”
Brightest Young Things

“Sharp, funny, timely.”

South Side of Heaven press quotes:

"Groundbreaking, richly textured and deliciously dark…far more theatrical than any of its predecessors."
Chicago Tribune

"Fast on its way to becoming the kind of seminal show that sketch comedy geeks will talk about for years to come."
Chicago Tribune

"An emotionally charged punch-drunk assault on the senses."
Time Out Chicago

The Second City reviewed:

“Packs a lot more wit than any episode of the
past several years of Saturday Night Live.”
The Washington Post


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Woolly and the Second City team invite you to explore the content and style of Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies. At Inside The Second City discussions, we’ll be sitting down, getting up-close and personal with members of the artistic team to talk more about one of the world’s premier comedy theatres. Our Race & Comedy series will feature members of the cast as well as members of the DC community talking about how volatile topics are safe in the hands of comedians. Stick around after the show and Woolly-fy your Second City experience:

  • Wednesday, December 7 following the 8pm performance:
    Inside the Second City featuring members of the cast
  • Sunday, December 11 following the 2pm performance:
    Race & Comedy dialogue with Elahe Izadi, reporter for WAMU’s Dcentric and Sybil Roberts, playwright, dramaturg, and adjunct faculty member at The Catholic University of America and American University, and members of the cast
  • Thursday, December 15 following the 8pm performance:
    Inside the Second City featuring members of the cast
  • Saturday, December 17 following the 3pm performance:
    Inside the Second City featuring members of the cast
  • Thursday, January 5 following the 8pm performance:
    Race & Comedy dialogue with David LaCroix, DC-based learning and education consultant currently on contract at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and a member of the cast



Laugh your way into the New Year with Chicago’s The Second City in Spoiler Alert; Everybody Dies. This hilarious performance will be coupled with delectable desserts from Jose Andres Catering, an open bar featuring Sloop Betty Vodka, and a midnight countdown and champagne toast led by members of the cast. Each event ticket includes a chance to win one of three prizes; a one night stay at Hotel Monaco and meal at Poste, a Second City swag bag, or some fantastic items from Woolly Mammoth. For more information, click here.


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Fact: In this world, humans will live and then die. Fact: It is up to you how to live in it. During the run of Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies Woolly audiences will be treated (or tortured?) to an illumination of facts about the world we live in. What causes stair-falling accidents? How dangerous is a bottle of water? What's the relationship between Woolly glass front doors, and our age-recommendation for shows? We present you the facts—you decide what to do with them.

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The Woolly Mammoth Blog cracks open the theatre’s operations and new play production process. Posts written by Woolly artists and staff go live twice a week—every Tuesday and Friday. During the run of Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies, the Woolly blog will touch on topics and themes that resonate with the show such as fate, race and comedy, airport horror stories, and Chicago sports rivalries.

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radiowoollyRadio Woolly is is Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's very own radio station. Tune in to hear interviews with Woolly staff members, playwrights, artists, and community members reflect on new play production and wrestle with the content and aesthetics of the current production.

Radio Woolly begins broadcasting for Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies on Wednesday, November 30. A new episode will air every Wednesday.

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Who's Who



JAMES T. ALFRED is pleased to make his Second City debut. Some stage credits include Penumbra Theatre: Two Trains Running, Fences; Congo Square: Brothers of the Dust; Guthrie Theatre: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Public Theatre (New York): All’s Well That Ends Well; Steppenwolf Theatre: The Glass Menagerie; KC Rep/Arizona Theatre Company: Jitney, To Kill a Mockingbird; and Moscow Art Theatre: Demons. Some television and film credits include Twentieth Century Fox: Prison Break; CBS: ATF (Pilot); Griot Film-works: One Week.

AARON BLIDEN is a rookie to both Woolly Mammoth and The Second City. An actor, improviser, writer, and composer; he is a company member of Impulse City, Pointless Theatre Company, and Flying V. Aaron is an alumnus of University of Maryland, College Park and its awesome improv group, Erasable Inc. Some credits include: Please Listen, Hugo Ball, Duets, The Hunchback Variations, and Become What You Are. In college, Aaron once promised his mother he would go to law school. HAH!

JESSICA FRANCES DUKES is a Woolly Company Member where her credits include: Bootycandy, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Full Circle, Eclipsed, Fever/Dream, Antebellum, and Starving. She has also performed on the stages at Geva Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Horizon Theatre, The Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theatre J, African Continuum Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, and Tribute Productions, where she received a Helen Hayes nomination for her role in Spunk. Ms. Dukes has a MFA from The Catholic University of America.

MARIBETH MONROE began her career at The Second City where she co-wrote and performed seven revues on the Detroit and Chicago Mainstages. She recently co-wrote Sex and The Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy featuring Fred Willard. Maribeth has appeared in numerous national commercials, co-starred with Jennifer Lopez in the feature film The Backup Plan, and has worked on multiple television shows. Currently she portrays Alice Murphy on Comedy Central’s newest hit Workaholics. Maribeth lives in Los Angeles.

SCOTT MONTGOMERY is an award-winning sketch comedian, writer, and actor. Scott is an alumnus of The Second City Mainstage, where he wrote and performed three revues. He spends most of his time these days writing for TV, but he’s thrilled to be dusting off his acting pants* here in the nation’s capital. He especially loves Anne and his cats.
*regular pants, worn while acting.

TRAVIS TURNER is making his Woolly Mammoth debut. Regional credits include: Huntington Theatre: Candide (director, Mary Zimmerman); Court Theatre: Porgy and Bess; Long Wharf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and About Face Theatre. He can be heard on the recordings of Loving Repeating: a Musical of Gertrude Stein and Matt Sax’s Clay. A native Atlantan, Mr. Turner attended Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf.




ANDREW ALEXANDER (CEO & Executive Producer) is an innovative and influential theatre, film, and television producer known most widely for his leadership of The Second City theatre company and the hit television show SCTV. Mr. Alexander became an owner of The Second City in 1974 and has produced or executive produced over 200 Second City revues in Canada and the United States. He has developed television programming for networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Television, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, A&E, and the CBC. Alexander has had co-production deals with MGM Television, Imagine Films, Disney Studios, and United Artists. He was Executive Producer for Second City’s Next Comedy Legend on CBC (2007), and for the Canadian feature film Intern’s Academy (2004), written by Dave Thomas. Mr. Alexander serves on the Columbia College Board of Trustees. He is Chair of the Gilda's Club Toronto Honorary Board, an Honorary Member of the Chicago Gilda's Club Board, and has also served on the Board of the League of Chicago Theaters and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

COLIN K. BILLS (Set and Lighting Designer) is a Company Member at Woolly, where he has lit A Bright New Boise, Bootycandy, Oedipus el Rey, 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, The 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 three Helen Hayes Awards and has been nominated for that award eleven times.  He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

BILLY BUNGEROTH (Director) is an independent contractor proud to be employed by the Second City. In 2007 he received his degree in Sketch Comedy Directing from Oxford University. His credits include Concord Theater of Justice: The Caucasian Chalk Circle Jerk;and TheChicago Lyric Opera: KILL YOUR IDOLS- The Story of Black Flag. He is the author of 15 books of poetry and one novel,The Absolute Best Anxiety Attack of the Century published by Little Brown. He would like to thank his loving wife Zora Neale Hurston for her constant support. This show is dedicated first to Joyce, and second to at least three women named Mary, with love. It is also dedicated to anyone who was ever left dissatisfied and incomplete, and did something about it. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

MATTHEW LOREN COHEN (Musical Director) is a classically trained pianist. Past credits as music director with The Second City; Actors Theatre of Louisville: It Takes a 'Ville; Alliance Theatre: Miracle at 1280 Peachtree Street; Arizona Theatre Company: The Second City Does Arizona, or Close but No Saguaro; Off-Broadway: The Nuclear Family (music director); New York City: Jason & Ben (music, lyrics, book), The Next Big Broadway Musical! (co-creator and music director); Chicago: Broads on Boards (music director; music, lyrics).

JENNA DEJA (Producer, Touring & Theatricals) has been with the Second City for 8 years, originally as Managing Director, and currently as Producer of Touring and Theatricals where she has had the privilege of producing shows with CENTERSTAGE Baltimore, Actors Theatre Louisville, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, and many more. Prior to The Second City, Jenna served as the General Manager of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and has had an active career as a copywriter & marketing consultant. She has served on various committees of The League of Chicago Theatres and is currently a volunteer at 826CHI and The Ronald McDonald House.

BETH KLIGERMAN (Director of Talent Development) has been with The Second City since 1993. She has helped produce countless Second City revues in Chicago and currently maintains The Second City productions aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. Other Second City producing credits include work at: Vienna's English Theatre, Vienna, Austria; Arkansas Repertory in Little Rock; numerous appearances at Charleston, South Carolina's Piccolo Spoleto Festival; and USO tours that have included stops is Saudi Arabia, Alaska, and Bosnia. As Director of Talent Ms. Kligerman oversees casting for the three Second City Touring ensembles based in Chicago, as well as a variety of other projects.

KELLY LEONARD (Executive Vice President) has been with The Second City since 1988 where he oversees the company’s live theatrical operations, producing original and touring revues with such celebrated performers as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Amy Sedaris and Jack McBrayer. Mr. Leonard co-founded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that has produced such works as: Hiccups and Pickups featuring Seth Meyers at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre; Rod Blagojevich Superstar at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and The Pajama Men at the Steppenwolf Theatre.  Additionally, Second City Theatricals has created original comedy productions for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, The Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, KY, and CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, MD. Time Out Chicago identified him as one of the 40 leading cultural figures in the city of Chicago and he has been similarly honored by New City Magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business.

DIANA MARTINEZ (President) is honored to join the Second City family and work with such an amazing team of talented team of artists, producers and executives. Diana began her professional career directing and producing as the Director of Entertainment and Marketing for Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center in St. Charles for 13 years.  She later became the Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre in Aurora where she directed and produced more than 40 musical-theatre productions, and garnered several awards from the Academy of Theatre Artists and Friends. She has presented more than 30 concerts in the Mega Center including Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Jones, Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Willie Nelson, Dana Carvey, and Kenny Rogers. Diana currently serves on the board for the League of Chicago Theatres and the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. She is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana Fine Arts Department. Martinez was honored with the Woman of Distinction Award in 2003, Influential Women in Business Award 2002, and 2003 Today's Young Executive Award by the Business Ledger.

MEGHAN TEAL (Stage Manager) has stage managed for the Second City Touring Company for over five years, most recently on the Second City Chicago Mainstage for the acclaimed revue South Side of Heaven. She has also stage managed regional shows for The Second City in Baltimore, Arizona, and Philadelphia; and works all over Chicago for various theaters and productions. She thanks her amazing family and friends. Fait Accompli.


Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm; Saturday, December 31st at 3pm & 10pm (no 8pm performance); Friday, December 16th at 10:30pm

No Performances Saturday, December 24th & Sunday, December 25th

Special performance dates:

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

Post-Show Discussions:

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2011 following the 8pm performance
  • Sunday, December 11, 2011 following the 2pm performance
  • Thursday, December 15, 2011 following the 8pm performance
  • Saturday, December 17, 2011 following the 3pm performance
  • Thursday, January 5, 2012 following the 8pm performance


Prices start at $30. Prices subject to change.

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Woolly Mammoth Box Office Ticket Advisory System

In anticipation of heightened travel to our Box Office we’ve taken a cue from our friends at the Department of Homeland Security and devised a security plan. We’ll be letting our patrons know via social media about the urgency to buy tickets. To make sure you’re fully prepared, you must follow us on Twitter and become our fan on Facebook. Please refer to the color-coded system below:

Green: Low- Sales are still a little slow for this performance. Much like the DHS we don’t really anticipate much use for this threat level.

Blue: Guarded- There’s a general risk at this level. Tickets have been sold, but you’re probably still good to get seats, maybe even in the orchestra.

Yellow: Elevated- We’re really starting to sell, so you may be subject to higher prices. Come on, we told you to get your tickets weeks ago!

Orange: High- If you don’t buy your tickets today you probably won’t get seats.

Red: Severe- We highly caution you to RUN not walk to the Box Office NOW. We probably only have stampede seats—but you’ll have to fight to get a spot in line. We’ll try not to use full body scanners but we can’t promise anything.

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Maribeth Monroe and Jessica Frances Dukes in Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (2011)


Woolly Mammoth would like to
thank the following patrons
for their generous support of Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies:

Don & Nancy Bliss


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Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design


Scott Montgomery in Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (2011)


James T. Alfred and Travis Turner in Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (2011)