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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

STUNNING

by David Adjmi
directed by Anne Kauffman

World Premiere
March 10 – April 6, 2008

Featuring Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Clinton Brandhagen, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Michael Gabriel Goodfriend, Laura Heisler and Abby Wood

Appropriate for ages 16 & up.

OverviewWho's whoSchedule and PricesDirections & Parking

About the Show:

Sixteen year old Lily knows nothing beyond the Syrian-Jewish community in Brooklyn where she lives a cloistered life with her much older husband. Soon an unlikely relationship with her enigmatic African-American maid opens Lily’s world to new possibilities – but at a big price. David Adjmi’s daring new work shifts from caustic satire to violent drama as it exposes the ways we invent and defend our identities in the melting-pot of America.

“POWERFUL. SHARPLY FUNNY CHARACTERS [and] KEENLY ETCHED PERFORMANCES.”
Washington Post

“FIRST-CLASS…STYLIZED PRODUCTION .
[Adjmi has] a deft touch for both comedy and drama.”
Variety

“SUPERB CAST. The highly skilled direction of Anne Kauffman…lights up Adjmi's devastating world.”
Metro Weekly

“A FASCINATING PLAY. The acting is fierce and committed”
NBC4.com

“A SENSATIONAL PRODUCTION under the intuitive direction of Anne Kauffman. PROVOCATIVE, SMART AND STINGING.”
Washington Times

“An evening of CHALLENGING, INVIGORATING, and, yes,
STINGING theater…a disturbing work of immense beauty.”
Potomac Stages

Read more:
New York Times article on the Syrian Jewish community in the play
Interview with David Adjmi in the Washington Post
Interview with David Adjmi in The Forward

Listen to an interview with David Adjmi and
Howard Shalwitz on XM Radio's Left Jab

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PHOTO GALLERY:

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Support for this production
comes in part from:

NEA

 

Who's Who

PLAYWRIGHT

DAVID ADJMI

DAVID ADJMI’s (Playwright) plays include Strange Attractors (Empty Space Theatre), The Evildoers (Yale Rep), Elective Affinities (Royal Court, RSC/Stratford and Soho Theatre), Marie Antoinette (Sundance/Public NYSF Residency) and Caligula (Soho Rep). David’s other work has been developed and produced at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYTW, Lincoln Center and Portland Center Stage, among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a McKnight Fellowship, the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Award, a Jerome Fellowship, a Helen Merrill Award, an Ovid Grant for New Writing, a Lecomte du Nouy Award, a Cherry Lane Theatre Fellowship, as well as multiple fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Ucross Foundation. David has received commissions from the Royal Court Theatre, Yale Rep and Berkeley Rep. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the Juilliard School. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition, Rising Phoenix Rep and Vinegar Tom Players.

 

DIRECTOR

ANNE KAUFFMAN (Director) received an OBIE Award for her direction of The Thugs by Adam Bock at SoHo Rep (TimeOut NY, New York Sun top 10 productions of 2006). Her 2007 production of God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (New Georges) is being remounted at the Vineyard Theatre in April 2008. Her other directing credits include Have You Seen Steve Steven by Ann Marie Healy (13P), Doubt by John Patrick Shanley and Expecting Isabel (Sarasota Herald Tribune top 10 productions of 2007) by Lisa Loomer (Asolo Repertory Theater), Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison (Humana Festival), SIDES: The Fear is Real (Culture Project), Typographer’s Dream by Adam Bock (Encore Theater), The Loyal Opposition by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (New York Theater Workshop), Hang Ten by Karen Hartman (Women’s Project & Productions) and The Ladies by Anne Washburn with The Civilians (Dixon Place and Cherry Lane Theater). Anne has worked at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, CSC, The Vineyard, The Public, American Conservatory Theater, A.R.T., The Guthrie and the Sundance Institute. She received a “Big Easy” award in New Orleans for her production of The Children’s Hour (Loyola University). She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League of New York, and a founding member of The Civilians. She is on NYU’s directing faculty in the Playwrights Horizons Theater Studio.

Click here to read about Anne Kauffman in the October 2007 issue of American Theatre magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

QUINCY TYLER BERNSTINE (Blanche) was raised in D.C. and is thrilled to be making her Woolly Mammoth debut. Her New York theater credits include The Misanthrope (New York Theatre Workshop), Unchained Memories (Roundabout, workshop), Chicken (Studio Dante), A Small, Melodramatic Story (The Public Theater/LAByrinth), ‘nami (Partial Comfort Productions), (I am) Nobody’s Lunch, The Ladies, Paris Commune, Gone Missing (all with The Civilians), Matt & Ben (P.S. 122 and National Tour), Passing Strange (The Public Theater/Berkeley Rep, workshop) and The Trail of Her Inner Thigh (LAByrinth). Regionally she has appeared at Williamstown, Sundance Theatre Institute, Berkeley Rep, The Alliance, Long Wharf, La Jolla Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Alabama and Nashville Shakespeare Festivals, Baltimore Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Virginia Stage Company, and others. Her film and television credits include Dancing With Shiva (Jonathan Demme, dir.), HBO Voyeur Project, Babylon Fields (pilot), Life in Flight, Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and All My Children. She is a proud graduate of Georgetown Day School, Brown University (BA) and UC San Diego (MFA).

CLINTON BRANDHAGEN (JoJo) is very happy to make his first appearance at Woolly Mammoth in Stunning. He recently played Butch in Christmas Carol, 1941 at Arena Stage, Sean in Orson’s Shadow at Round House, Norman in And a Nightingale Sang at Everyman Theatre and Hans-Dietrich Genscher in Democracy at Olney Theatre Center. Some of his favorite regional credits include Mister Roberts at The Kennedy Center and The Comedy of Errors at The Folger Theatre where he played both Antipholus twins. In May, he will be returning to the Folger to play Charles Surface in The School for Scandal. Clint trained at Southern Methodist University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

MICHAEL GABRIEL GOODFRIEND (Ike) is a member of New York’s Irondale Ensemble, where he played the roles of Hamlet, Abbie Hoffman and a frustrated artist named Hitler in Degenerate Art!. Recent New York credits include Arrivals at the Bank Street Theatre and The Orphan Singer at Symphony Space. His regional credits include Sleuth (Triad Stage), Intimate Apparel (City Theatre; best supporting actor 2007: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Proof (Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre), Three Musketeers (Madison Rep), Seven Angels and Yale Rep. He performed in Beast on the Moon at the Fountain Theatre (Garland Award, L.A.’s Best Production 2001), East L.A. Classic Theatre, A Noise Within, the Getty Center and Playwrights Arena. His film and tv credits include First, Monk, The Commission and The District. Michael produces XM Satellite Radio’s Left Jab (www.leftjabradio.com) and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

GABRIELA FERNANDEZ-COFFEY (Shelly) has most recently performed in Cita a ciegas and Valor, agravio, y mujer (GALA Hispanic Theatre), bobrauschenbergamerica (CapFringe), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theatre), Drama under the Influence (American Century Theatre), as well as the National Tours of The Importance of Being Earnest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aquila Theatre Company). Gabriela has also collaborated in a variety of community-based docudrama projects including GALA’s Jornada escondida, Steve Wangh’s Quickfix-Addiction Project and Sabrina Peck’s common green/common ground, which promoted the preservation of urban green spaces throughout NYC. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

LAURA HEISLER (Lily) is thrilled to return to Woolly Mammoth, where she acted opposite Howard Shalwitz in Rocket to the Moon (co-prod with Theater J). On Broadway, she appeared in Coram Boy, and Off-Broadway in Doris to Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine and People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons), Everything Will Be Different (Soho Rep), The Mistakes Madeline Made (Naked Angels), The Given (Studio Dante), BFF (WET), A Mother, A Daughter and a Gun (Dodger Stages) and Somewhere Someplace Else (Clubbed Thumb). Regionally, Laura has appeared in Bus Stop and Top Girls (Williamstown), Eurydice (title role, world premiere, Madison Rep), Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Taming of the Shrew (Old Globe), Essential Self-Defense (CCTP), The Real Thing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Alley Theatre), as well as at Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Her film credits include Cold Souls, Coverage and Wrist (Slamdance). Upcoming: A Seagull in the Hamptons (McCarter, dir. Emily Mann).

ABBY WOOD (Claudine) is excited to be back at Woolly Mammoth having last appeared as a sous-chef in Cooking with Elvis. Her other credits include Breath, Boom! at Studio Theatre 2ndStage, Caligula, Edward III, The Rape of Lucrece and The Children’s Hour at Washington Shakespeare Company, The Skriker and The Gas Heart/Hamletmachine with Forum Theatre, The Hothouse, Energumen/The Real Inspector Hound and The Power of the Dog with Longacre Lea Productions (where she is a company member) and The Crucible with Keegan Theatre. Abby has a BA in Theater from The Catholic University of America.

 

 

 

Schedule & Prices

March/April
S M T W T F S

9

 

10

8pm
PWYC

11

8pm
PWYC

12

8pm
Preview
DISC

13

8pm
Preview

14

8pm
VIP night
invite only

15

8pm
Preview
DISC

16

7pm
Opening
invite only

17

 

18

 

19

8pm
DISC

20

8pm

21

8pm
Club Woolly

22

8pm

23

2pm
DISC
7pm

24
25

26

8pm

27

8pm
DISC

28

8pm

29

8pm

30

2pm
7pm

31
1

2

8pm

3

8pm

4

8pm

5

8pm

6

2pm
7pm

7
8
9
10
11
12

 

 
Section A
Section B
Previews (first week)
Mon 8pm
Tues 8pm
Wed 8pm
$33
$24
Thurs 8pm
$33
$24
Sat 8pm
$51
$42
Regular run:
Wed 8pm
$44
$35
Thurs 8pm
$44
$35
Fri 8pm
$51
$42
Sat 8pm
$57
$48
Sun 2pm
$51
$42
Sun 7pm
$44
$35

Key:

PWYCPay-What-You-Can preview performances
DISC — Post-show discussion with the artists
Club Woolly — Post-show reception with food and drink


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Directions & Parking

Address:

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.

Metro

  • 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.
  • Check train schedules here

Metrobus

  • 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.

Parking


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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Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Laura Heisler, photo by Stan Barouh

 

DAVID ADJMIFROM THE PLAYWRIGHT:
“This is a play about my background.  It is terrifyingly – and sometimes ludicrously – autobiographical.  It is about where I come from, and about a community (Syrian-Sephardic-America-Jews-Whatever) that is truly marginalized and not really represented in mainstream media or otherwise.  This is how people I know really lived, and still live today, in this very historical moment.  I wanted to tell their story – or my story in that context, because I’ve really come to feel that to resist one’s history is a very dangerous –  and even a pernicious – thing and I thought I’d better come to terms with mine.”

“STUNNING is about people wanting to correlate their histories with consciousness and failing.  They fail because the world can’t or won’t support them.  They fail because they get ensnared in traps – social and economic – too powerful to escape.  And they fail out of simple human frailty.  And that’s how it is sometimes in life.  The structures and ideologies are too powerful and we collapse under their weight.”

– David Adjmi


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