The Big Slam, Bill Corbett's satirical comedy about big business,is playing at Washington DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Feb. 9. "Business has developed its own vocabulary to make naked ambition seem morally virtuous," Corbett said, " . . . pure greed packaged in the language of self-help and spiritual renewal."
In Slam, a shy graduate student gets sucked into a frivolous money making enterpise by two manipulative friends. Things go awry when an alluring UPS driver entices them into sexual entanglements.
Appearing in the Mammoth cast are Christopher Lane, Carol Monda, John Kirkman and Rhea Seehorn. Sets are by Tony Cisek, sound by Daniel Schrader, props by Linda S. Evans, lighting by Dan Covey and costumes by Brooke Edwards.
The play premiered at Minneapolis' Eye Of The Storm Theatre in 1995 and was directed by Casey Stangl, who will also direct this production.
Corbett, a former Jerome Playwriting Fellow-in-Residence (Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis) has written Motorcade and The Dead Book and contributed to TV's "Mystery Science Theatre 3000."
For tickets ($12-$27) and information on The Big Slam, which begins previews Jan. 13 and runs to Feb. 9 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre on Church Street NW, call (202) 393-3939.
--By David Lefkowitz