Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s 2010-2011 Season

The Woolly Mammoth Theatre schedules readings of plays for its upcoming season to provide current and prospective subscribers with an idea of what’s planned and with the hope, that if they like what they hear, they will spread the word to friends. The readings also give subscribers a sense of “family,” a feeling that Woolly has tried to perpetuate since its early Church Street days and has become more important in its move to its new, larger theatre.

Readings on a recent April Saturday afternoon gave attendees quite a lot to mull over. According to Howard Shalwitz, Woolly’s Artistic Director, the 2010-2011 season, will “explore the boundaries of civility.” Shalwitz offers that the 2009-2010 season dealt with civic/public issues and that the coming season’s issues will be of a more personal, intimate, “smutty” nature. Plays like Oedipus el Rey, In the Next Room and House of Gold will delve darkly and humorously into topics about taboos, Freudian psychology, the impact of technology on sexuality, and our voyeuristic tendencies.

The coming season features some of Woolly’s favorite playwrights such as Sarah Ruhl, Mike Daisey and Robert O’Hara. Fans of Chicago’s Second City will be pleased to learn that the troupe is making a return appearance in a new performance, A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics, developed exclusively for Woolly Mammoth and DC.

If Woolly’s 2010-2011 season lives up to its promotional title, “A Striptease of Your Subconscious,” DC theatre-goers will be in for one uproarious, challenging ride.

One-Man Lord of the Rings, written & performed by Charles Ross, July 5 – August 1, 2010

In the Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play, by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Aaron Posner, August 23 – October 3, 2010

House Of Gold, by Gregory S. Moss, directed by Sarah Benson, November 1 – November 28, 2010

A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics, written and performed by Chicago’s Second City, December 8, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Oedipus El Rey, by Luis Alfaro, directed by Michael John Garcés, February 7 – March 6, 2011

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, created by Mike Daisey, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, March 21 – April 10, 2011

Bootycandy, written and directed by Robert O’Hara, June 6 – July 3, 2011 

For more information, go to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre web site, www.woollymammoth.net. Plays for other local theatre productions will be found at their respective web sites.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004


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