Most theaters want big audiences, of course. But there are some subtle, intimate plays which are best performed before a small audience — a hundred or so. And some experimental pieces are designed for an audience of only twenty or less, and hang the economics of it.
Woolly Mammoth is staging a play for an audience of one. And it’s not for Donald Trump. It’s for you.
The play is called As Far as My Fingertips Take Me. It’s in the upper lobby space at Woolly, and lasts fifteen minutes.
As Far as My Fingertips Can Take Me
at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
February 16 – March 3, 2019
Details and tickets
The play — ‘experience’ might be a better word — is a collaboration between audience-participation artist Tania El Khoury and the musician and spoken word artist Basel Zaraa which began when El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to write a song about the journey Zaraa’s sisters took from Syria to Sweden.
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“Tania El Khoury is a trailblazer in creating transformative experiences through intimate encounters,” said Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes. “I dare anyone to experience this show and not empathize with the plight of the thousands of refugees leaving their homes in search of asylum around the globe.”
So you walk into the lobby space and view a wall with a hole in it. You stick your bare arm through the hole and someone draws on it (the ink comes off with washing). You listen to the song Zaraa wrote, which is (I’ve heard it) haunting and provocative.
“As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is a testament to the humanity of ordinary people whose extraordinary struggles, unlike the ink on your forearm, can never be erased,” Goyanes said.
Tickets — understandably in limited supply — are available by lottery at the TodayTix DC show page . The production will run from January 16 to February 3. The encounters will begin at noon on some days and end as late as 8.30, but each day has a different schedule. To find out the schedule for each specific day, click this link.
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