Woolley Mammoth Releases 2023-2024 Season, Golden Tickets

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced its 2023-24 season: Enter the Woollyverse. 

And now, patrons can view any project in the Enter the Woollyverse Season — with the exception of WHERE WE BELONG — on any date, in any seat, for as many times as desired (subject to availability) with a Golden Ticket!* (Golden Ticket holders will get a special offer for WHERE WE BELONG at the Folger Theatre.)

“The theatre on our stage will always invite you to look at the world a little differently,” shared Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director, of a season that the Company’s release says will “explore the universes of a larger-than-life mother from Kyiv, a gay Bengali-American documentarian, a kick-ass HBCU dance troupe, a queer academic and his Muslim mother, a Mohegan Shakespeare scholar, and a fabulous floral genderqueer chanteuse.”

Here is the 2023-24 SEASON at Woolly Mammoth:

*Artists, titles, and dates subject to change

My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion
A co-production with The Wilma Theater
by Sasha Denisova
translated by Misha Kachman
adapted by Kellie Mecleary
directed by Yury Urnov
World Premiere
September – October, 2023

The Resistance of One Octogenarian

Sasha’s 82-year-old mother, Olga, is on the frontlines of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, having lived in Kyiv her whole life. Olga is thrust into increasingly fantastical situations: she strategizes with President Zelenskyy, strikes Russian drones with jars of pickles, and even debates with God. Inspired by online chats with her mother, playwright Sasha Denisova brings us this new play about a family’s connection and legacy amidst the present-day war and global crisis.

Soho Rep and NAATCO National Partnership Project Production of
Public Obscenities
written and directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury
November – December 2023

Snapshot: An Intimate Portrait Develops

When Choton returns to Kolkata on a research trip with his Black American boyfriend Raheem, his grandfather’s photograph stares down at him from the walls of his family home. Choton loves being the translator, toggling nimbly between Bangla and English, interviewing queer locals, showing Raheem his world. But through the lens of Choton’s grandfather’s old camera, Raheem begins to notice things Choton can’t. Peer into this bilingual play from visionary writer-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury about the things we see, the things we miss, and the things that turn us on.

The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes
By Vivian J.O. Barnes
Directed by Taylor Reynolds
World Premiere
February – March, 2024

Stadium Lights.  Screaming Fans. One Shot at Excellence.

The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes are days away from their Homecoming half-time dance performance and the pressure is on. The student body, the administration, the alumni, their families — everyone is expecting perfection. As the big day creeps closer, the women must contend with flaring tempers, bodies pushed to their limits, and what it means to be a team in Vivian J.O. Barnes’ funny and surprising world premiere play.

Created and Performed by Adil Mansoor
Co-directed by Lyam B. Gabel
in association with Kelly Strayhorn Theater
April 2024

From Sophocles to a mother/child apology

Creator and performer Adil Mansoor invites his Pakistani mother to translate Antigone into Urdu as means of exploring the tensions between family and faith. Should he keep his queerness buried from his devout Muslim mother? Through Greek tragedy, teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations with his mother, Mansoor creates this theatrical blend of lecture and personal story about locating love across faith.

Rose: You Are Who You Eat
Conceived, Written, and Performed by John Jarboe
Directed by MK Tuomanen
In association with CulturalDC and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
Theatrical Co-World Premiere with FringeArts

June 2024

A true story of gender feasting, set to music 
Once upon a vine, John Jarboe’s aunt revealed that John not only had a twin sister in the womb, but that John consumed her: “You ate her. That’s why you are the way you are.” This was a lot for John to swallow! In this musical shrine to the consumed twin, named Rose, John welcomes you into a feast of gender through song, storytelling, and a full plate of wordplay.

At Folger Theatre:

Where We Belong
By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
co-produced with Folger Theatre
February 15 – March 17, 2024

An Indigenous theatre-maker’s journey 
Returning to D.C. after a national tour! In 2015, a Mohegan theatre-maker moves to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, grappling with the question of what it means to remain or leave, as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. Moving between nations that have failed to reckon with their ongoing roles in colonialism, Achokayis finds comfort in the journeys of their Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help their people. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece directed by Mei Ann Teo, Sayet asks us what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

Workshop Performance:

A Fine Madness
by Justin Weaks
Workshop Performance

Helen Hayes award-winning actor Justin Weaks shares his personal experience as a Black gay man receiving a positive HIV diagnosis. In this workshop performance, Justin’s beautiful virtuosity as a performer is displayed through a variety of characters, exploration of movement, and a non-linear fragmented story with a kaleidoscope of poetry, affirmations, scientific findings, and narration. Audience and performer together share a healing experience and space for discovery.

Individual tickets will be available for any of these shows starting in August, but Golden Tickets are well, golden. Golden Tickets ($375) can work like a traditional subscription—with all seats and dates decided, set, and booked before single tickets are available—or with full flexibility—with performances booked much closer to the performance date via their online portal, calling the Box Office, or through the concierge e-mail of goldentickets@woollymammoth.net. Golden Ticket holders also get a 20% discount on companion tickets.