Stupid F##king Bird Will Return to D.C.; Roger Guenveur Smith's Rodney King Also Among Woolly Mammoth Season
04 Mar 2014
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present the solo performance Rodney King by Roger Guenveur Smith and the return of Stupid F##king Bird by Aaron Posner as part of the company's summer season in Washington, D.C.
Rodney King will run simultaneously with the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., from July 8-July 20. Opening night is set for July 9.
In Rodney King, according to Woolly Mammoth, "Smith explores the legacy of another American icon, colliding history and improvised poetry to unravel the myth of 'the first reality TV star.' From the initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality, to the symbolic heroism thrust upon him that ignited the L.A. riots, to his lonely death at the bottom a swimming pool, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and by extension reveals America's endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present."
Smith premiered Rodney King at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and brought it to the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater.
Following Rodney King, Woolly will reunite the entire cast and creative team of Stupid F##king Bird, following its run in summer 2013, July 28-Aug. 17. Opening night is set for July 30.
According to Woolly Mammoth, "This irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov's The Seagull received the most Helen Hayes nominations awarded to any single show in 2013 (eight nods), including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Ensemble."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.