Just announced – Howard Shalwitz will be leaving his position as the artistic head of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, a position he has held for nearly forty years, at the end of the 2017-2018 season.
One barometer by which you can gauge the impact of a play is by whether it can be interpreted in wildly different ways by different audience members. Woolly Mammoth’s production of Taylor Mac’s darkly absurd HIR, with its microcosmic collapse and reinforcement of the patriarchy within the claustrophobic confine of one suburban home is a brilliant […]
Nilaja Sun’s latest solo-performance, Pike St., calls back to her upbringing in the Lower East Side to invoke a rich cast of characters, but is held back by a design choice and brief duration. Sun embodies a diverse cast, from a senile Holocaust survivor to a Yemeni shopkeeper. The play focuses on a Puerto Rican and black […]
Baby Screams Miracle is a wild storm of religion, sexuality, and family that leaves the audience unsure if the rest of the world is still standing. From the first moment that Cody Nickell as Gabe takes the stage pantsless, the play is intimate, emotionally and physically, with very few barriers.
Woolly Mammoth’s dark comedy Baby Screams Miracle by Clare Barron blurs the lines between the bizarre and the normal, exploring family, religion, and how we cope with hard times. Sarah Scafidi sat down with Clare to talk about her inspiration for the play and her hopes for the American theatre: Sarah Scafidi: Tell me about Baby […]
As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.
American theater has been mucking about in the sandbox and, meanwhile, the playground, the school, and the entire world have been burning down around us. Those were my first thoughts after leaving Woolly Mammoth’s US premiere of Kiss – an enveloping feeling at once depressing and tantalizing.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the DC-born playwright whose Appropriate and An Octoroon astonished audiences at Woolly Mammoth, has won a MacArthur Fellows Award — also know as a “genius grant” — of $625,000.
The wide-eyed, baby-faced babe with a bod known as Betty Boop is an icon—a 1930s cartoon character based on singer and dancer Helen Kane (and influenced by other ladies of the day) who became a sex symbol in the same era that a couple of mice took to the screen. A tweak here, some changes there […]
“He’s very good at what he does.” Despite 100 minutes of blistering and savagely funny assaults on the mogul-turned-pitchman-turned-megalomaniac, monologist Mike Daisey still pays Donald Trump credit in his one-man performance of The Trump Card, now playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.