News: Woolly Mammoth Theater Company Announces 2022-2023 Season – Break Out!
A world first. An American first. Four regional premieres.
(Washington DC) The upcoming 2022-2023 season of Woolly Mammoth is a collection of unconventional stories, filled with characters who shake up roles, rules and regimes, and authentic, direct writing voices. Featuring a world premiere, a US premiere and four regional premieres, Woolly’s 43rd season is a rallying cry for audiences to break old routines and step into the new.
“To me, ‘Woolly’ isn’t just an adjective for a mammoth,” shares Maria Manuela Goyanes, artistic director. “To be ‘Woolly’ is to be drawn to a kind of theatrical experience that pushes you, exalts you and challenges you; it’s an experience that can be messy, funny, sometimes dark, and always extraordinarily human. This season is meant to bring us out of our shells and see the world with new eyes. As we relearn how to come together as a community, we invite you to come be Woolly with us!
In September, season 43 begins with IS NOT NO MO’“Fierce and Funny” by Jordan E. Cooper (Variety) exploration of how black lives are valued — or not — in America. The news announces that black Americans are being offered a one-way ticket to Africa, and Cooper highlights a host of outrageous and shocking moments between President Obama’s election and this mass exodus. This co-production with Baltimore Center Stage is directed by Lili-Anne Brown (Goodman Theatre’s Lottery daysLa Jolla Playhouse Put your house in order). The cast includes Woolly Society members Shannon Dorsey (Fairview) and Jon Hudson Odom (an octoroon).
Things get real this holiday season with IS IT A ROOM, the true story of Air Force intelligence specialist Reality Winner, who steps out of the ranks to share evidence of Russian interference in the US election. Coming to Woolly after a famous Broadway run, this “electrifying” (New York magazine) was conceived and directed by Obie Award-winning Tina Satter with the acclaimed ensemble Half Straddle. Based on FBI transcripts of their Reality interrogation, IS IT A ROOM is a “glittering, striking” (The Washington Post) Thriller in French.
Resolution 2023: Go Viral and Break the Internet. Woolly delves into the turbulent Twitterverse by presenting, in association with the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar festival, the US premiere of the Royal Court Theater production of SEVEN WAYS TO KILL KYLIE JENNER. Milli Bhatia leads this Gen Z take on social media ‘follow’, cancel culture and various forms of cultural appropriation by award-winning first-time playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones.
Woolly teamed up with the Shakespeare Theater Company in March 2023 until present THE JUNGLE at Harmon Hall. Written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, who spent seven months running a theater in a French refugee camp, this testament to the human spirit makes its DC debut after sold-out tours of the West End and New York. . Produced by St. Ann’s Warehouse and Good Chance Theatre, and co-directed by Tony-winning Stephen Daldry (An inspector calls, the Crown) and Justin Martin, THE JUNGLE asks how to break bread in a place everyone wants to leave.
Also in spring 2023 comes NOSEBLEED, playwright and director Aya Ogawa’s witty autobiographical exploration of childhood, parenthood, and the infuriating chasm between. Ogawa confronts the cultural challenges faced by immigrant families trying to integrate and asks: Are parental failures and toxicity hereditary, or just a bad breakup? This New York Times Critics’ Pick is an invitation to overcome mistakes and vulnerability, and to heal.
Woolly closes the 2022-2023 season with the world premiere of INCENDIARY, directed by Monty Cole. Playwright Dave Harris (recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Prize for Playwriting) takes a fearless look at generational love and violence in Black families to show how far a mother will go to free her son from the corridor of dead.
WHERE WE BELONG NATIONAL TOUR
Woolly’s national tour, in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library, from WHERE WE BELONG, continues to travel across the country. Directed by Mei Ann Teo, Madeline Sayet’s insightful solo show explores her personal journey to England, echoing that of her Indigenous ancestors, and asks audiences to reflect on what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world. Visit Broadway & Beyond Theatricals for more tour information.
Golden Tickets offer extraordinary access to Woolly’s 2022-2023 season. A Golden Ticket is priced at $365, with a limited number available at a more accessible price of $229. The Golden Ticket offers a place to any project Woolly does during the 2022-2023 season – with the exception of THE JUNGLE — on any date, at any seat, as many times as desired (subject to availability). Golden Ticket holders have priority access to purchase tickets for THE JUNGLE.
Golden Tickets for the 2022-2023 season can be purchased online at woollymammoth.net, by phone at (202) 393-3939 or by email at [email protected] Single tickets will go on sale in August.
ABOUT THE 2022-2023 SEASON
IS NOT NO MO’
In association with Baltimore Center Stage
By Jordan E. Cooper
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
It’s the last boarding call for African American Airlines flight 1619 to Africa, and every black person in the United States receives a free ticket. In a kaleidoscope of scenes capturing the moments surrounding that outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper’s vibrant, no-holds-barred comedy examines the lives of black Americans in the aftermath of the election of a black president – and rushes to the point of no -return . IS NOT NO MO’ is “…thrilling, baffling, campy, artful, mortifying, frightening, devastating and profound” (The New York Times).
IS IT A ROOM
By special arrangement with Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow and Matt Ross; Half gap; and Vineyard Theater
Designed and directed by Tina Satter
A thrilling true story. On June 3, 2017, Reality Winner, a 25-year-old former Air Force intelligence specialist, was confronted at her front door by two FBI agents. Their conversation ricochets between the casual and the caustic before Reality is arrested and charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in the US election. Using the actual transcript of the FBI interrogation, Obie Award-winning Tina Satter rehearses the gripping drama that unfolded between the witty Reality and the agents who interrogate her.
SEVEN WAYS TO KILL KYLIE JENNER
The Royal Court Theater production
Presented in association with The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival
By Jasmine Lee Jones
Directed by Milli Bhatia
When Forbes magazine claims Kylie Jenner a ‘self-made’ billionaire, Cleo takes to Twitter to speak out against white women who co-opt and profit from black culture. Soon the online discourse spills over into reality, blurring the fine lines between internet personalities and who we are IRL. On the Internet, actions don’t always speak louder than words.
Co-presented with the Shakespeare Theater Company at Harman Hall
By Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
Welcome to the jungle: a camp for stateless people outside Calais, France, the temporary home of thousands seeking refuge, forced to build a new society from scratch, at the crossroads of cultures and countries. Residents of Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and many other countries share their stories of loss, fear, community and hope as they dream of crossing the English Channel to start a new life. Framed with “poignant and powerful” (The New York Times Critic’s Choice), THE JUNGLE is an extraordinary panorama of people suffering and dreaming, surviving and living, coming together in times of crisis. Woolly partners with the Shakespeare Theater Company to bring this immersive theatrical experience to DC, in which “theater shakes hands with the world” (The Sunday Times).
NOTE: THE JUNGLE is not included in the Woolly Mammoth Golden Ticket. Gold ticket holders and Shakespeare Theater Company subscribers will have priority to purchase tickets.
Written and directed by Aya Ogawa
Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of our parents? Through a series of absurd autobiographical vignettes, Aya Ogawa NOSEBLEED delves into the shitty spectacle of parenthood, both as parent and child — and what it takes to forgive. A trip to their home country of Japan, a child’s nosebleed and the hit reality show The single person come together in this “wacky funny, psychologically insightful” (The New York Times) theatrical tribute to Ogawa’s father, with surprises like a healing ritual for the audience and a transcendent appearance by a 20th-century icon.
By Dave Harris
Directed by Monty Cole
Tanya is a black mother determined to get her son Eric off death row – or die trying. She will need guns, to get her hair done and fuck people. As time ticks towards the fateful date of Eric’s execution (and birthday), the room explodes in a hilariously tragic collision. In this world first, playwright Dave Harris harnesses storytelling techniques from comic books and video games to explore the complexities of generational trauma and daring heroism with his singular, satirical style.
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