New Plays by Jason Grote, Samuel D. Hunter, Anne Washburn Surface in Woolly Mammoth Season

News   New Plays by Jason Grote, Samuel D. Hunter, Anne Washburn Surface in Woolly Mammoth Season
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Washington, DC, company devoted to contemporary voices, announced a 2011-12 season that includes three world premieres.

Playwrights represented in the 32nd season include Samuel D. Hunter (a DC premiere), Jason Grote (a world premiere) and Anne Washburn (a world premiere). Collaborators Basil Twist and Joey Arias are also on the slate, as is a world-premiere holiday collaboration with The Second City.

Artistic director Howard Shalwitz announced the subscription season on April 4. The Woolly Mammoth subscription season includes:

A Bright New Boise
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by John Vreeke
Oct. 10-Nov. 6

"Prepare yourself: in the parking lot of a mega craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the Rapture. Samuel D. Hunter's heartbreakingly funny reckoning between a father and son will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane, and the secret lives of big box retailers."

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies
World Premiere
By Chicago's The Second City
Dec. 6, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012

"Laugh while you can, 'cause things ain't getting' better. Next season, Woolly artists fly to Chicago to work with The Second City's classic comedy wizards in an unprecedented collaboration. Their mission? Bring back to Washington the most gleeful anti-holiday celebration of doom ever."

Civilization (all you can eat) World Premiere
By Jason Grote
Directed by Howard Shalwitz
Feb. 13-March 11, 2012

"Does humanity have an expiration date? Four hungry friends from grad school face the dawn of the recession in this scathing satire of American enterprise and ingenuity. But while they're busy cooking up schemes for love and success, the beasts of agribusiness are closing in..." Arias With a Twist
Created by Joey Arias and Basil Twist
Directed by Basil Twist
April 4-29, 2012

"When aliens abduct a large drag queen and drop her in a teeny Garden of Eden, will she have room to fall from grace? International cabaret sensation Joey Arias and Obie Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist team up for an eye-popping musical tour, from Genesis to risqué universes beyond imagination."

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
World Premiere
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Steven Cosson
Music by J. Michael Friedman
May 28-July 1, 2012

"Armageddon has hit, and all that remains is our nostalgia for a lost pop culture. In Anne Washburn's riveting vision of post-apocalyptic America, survivors invent a new entertainment industry from the ashes of the old. With music by Obie Award-winner J. Michael Friedman, their enterprise gives redemptive new meaning to the pop hits and cartoon icons we can't live without."

Subscriptions are now on sale and may be purchased online at, through the box office at (202) 393-3939, or in person at 641 D Street, NW (7th & D). Single tickets will go on sale on Aug. 1.

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