Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Added to Woolly Mammoth's 30th Season

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The provocatively titled Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, author of the award-winning Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, has been added to the 2009-10 season of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

John Vreeke (Boom) will direct a cast that features Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey and Tim Getman for a run of May 17-June 13, 2010.

In the play, "two eight-year-olds' lives collide in the nurse's office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can't stop throwing up. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. These two rebels may only be fit for one another. But how far can one person go to heal another's wounds?"

This new work "will premiere at a colleague theatre directly before Woolly Mammoth's production."

Joseph received the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship and an NEA grant for Outstanding New American Play for Bengal Tiger. He also penned Animals Out of Paper, The Leopard and the Fox, All This Intimacy and Huck and Holden. In 2008 he received the 2008 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award given to an emerging playwright of exceptional promise by the Vineyard Theatre.

Woolly Mammoth also announced on May 4 that the coming 30th season's previously announced production of Mike Daisey's The Last Cargo Cult will not be a world premiere (additional engagements for the production are currently being booked, some of which fall before the Woolly run); Charles Mee's Full Circle will feature Woolly company members Jessica Frances Dukes and Daniel Escobar and will have a new closing date of Nov. 29; and Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park in spring 2010 will be directed by Woolly artistic director Howard Shalwitz and feature company members Kimberly Gilbert, Mitchell Hébert and Jennifer Mendenhall. It's headed for Off-Broadway later in 2010. For more information about the DC company devoted to contemporary work, visit woollymammoth.net.

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