DC's Woolly Mammoth Has Premiere of Mark Medoff's Tommy J in 2002

News   DC's Woolly Mammoth Has Premiere of Mark Medoff's Tommy J in 2002 As it works toward the completion of its new home, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC will present its 2001-2001 season — which includes two world premieres — at the Kennedy Center's AFI Theater and the Cecile Goldman Theater at the DC Jewish Community Center.

As it works toward the completion of its new home, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC will present its 2001-2001 season — which includes two world premieres — at the Kennedy Center's AFI Theater and the Cecile Goldman Theater at the DC Jewish Community Center.

The DCJCC stagings are co-productions between Woolly Mammoth (under the artistic directorship of Howard Shalwitz) and Theater J (under artistic director Ari Roth). With Theater J, at the DCJCC, Woolly Mammoth stages the world premiere of Tommy J & Sally, by Mark Medoff, best known for Children of a Lesser God. Medoff's drama concerns a young black man named Tommy J, who breaks into the apartment of a famous white singer named Sally Hemmings. "What begins as the story of a celebrity held hostage by an unbalanced fan quickly becomes an intense and mysterious dialogue that reveals unexpected wounds from the past," according to the season announcement. Performances are in February-March 2002. Craig Wallace stars, Bob Devin Jones directs.

Woolly Mammoth will premiere Jim Knable's Spain, about a desperate woman's fantasies of a Spanish conquistador, in December, at the AFI Theater. Tom Prewitt directs.

Woolly Mammoth, committed to edgy, new voices, also has:

• Charles L. Mee's outrageous Big Love, an adaptation of the Greek classic, The Supplicants, in June-July 2002 at the AFI Theater. Shalwitz directs. • Sarah Jones' multi-character, multi-cultural solo show, Surface Transit, with poet-playwright-actor Jones plays eight urban characters, March-April 2002 at the AFT Theater. Gloria Feliciano directs.

Clifford Odets' romance, Rocket to the Moon, a co-production with Theater J at the DCJCC, featuring Shalwitz, August-October.

For information, call (202) 393-3939 or visit the website at www.WoollyMammoth.net.

— By Kenneth Jones