Solo Show by Josh Lefkowitz Asks, Now What?, in DC

News   Solo Show by Josh Lefkowitz Asks, Now What?, in DC Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's first special event production of the 2007-08 season — Josh Lefkowitz's Now What? — opens Nov. 8 after previews in Washington, DC, from Oct. 31.

The solo piece is a follow-up to his earlier one-man show, Help Wanted, a hit at the 2006 Capital Fringe Festival and in an extended run at Woolly Mammoth.

Performances play Woolly Mammoth's Melton Rehearsal Hall to Nov. 25.

According to WM notes, "After his hit show, Help Wanted, the pressure mounted for writer-slash-performer Josh Lefkowitz. How can he create his next show while his girlfriend's out-of-town, other girls beckon, famous writers squat in his brain, and the only thing that comes out is…say it isn't so…poetry! Somehow, Josh overcomes his panic and returns to Woolly with a new set of hilarious observations on life, love and finding one's soul in an age of distractions."

"What a pleasure it is to welcome Josh Lefkowitz back to Woolly after the surprise success of Help Wanted last year," stated artistic director Howard Shalwitz. "His new piece is richer, deeper and every bit as funny — we've had a great time seeing it come together over the past year. Josh uses his own struggles as an artist to fuel his writing and performance. By digging into the specific circumstances of his life, he manages to tell a story about seeking your soul (and soulmate!) that everyone can relate to."

Lefkowitz is an actor, writer and solo performer. His first full-length monologue, titled Help Wanted: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century, has been performed in Chicago (Single File Festival), Ann Arbor (Work Gallery), Baltimore (Center Stage), Washington, DC (Woolly Mammoth, Capital Fringe Festival), and in many spaces throughout New York (The Tank, Dixon Place, Access Theater, Collective: Unconscious). He was an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where he created work under the mentorship of actor-writer Eric Bogosian. He has also collaborated numerous times with performance artist Holly Hughes, including on After A Fashion, an original piece that was remounted at the Guggenheim Museum. As an actor, he has worked with Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage & Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Woolly Mammoth, Centerstage, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre, Theater Alliance, Madcap Players and others. His stories and poems have been published in various journals online and in print, and he has recorded personal essays for NPR's "All Things Considered."

Lefkowitz received a Young Artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and received the Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan.

Performances of Now What? play Thursday to Saturday (8 PM) and Sunday (7 PM). There will be no performance on Nov. 22.

Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D Street, NW (7th & D) in Washington, DC.

For more information call (202) 393-3939 or visit www.woollymammoth.net.