Kristine Nielsen and Tom Phelan in "Hir" at Playwrights Horizons. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Woolly Mammoth Announces 2016–17 Season of New Work

The lineup features Jen Silverman, Guillermo Calderón, Clare Barron, Nilaja Sun, Taylor Mac, and the Second City.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring new plays and a holiday special.

The season will begin with the world premiere of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops (Sept. 14–Oct. 9), an absurdist romantic comedy about five women all named Betty who intersect through anger, sex, and theatre. Mike Donohue will direct.

Next will be the U.S. premiere of Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss (Oct. 10–Nov. 6), about four friends who unveil their secret passions in an emotional and politically charged attempt to understand other cultures. Yury Urnov will direct.

The Second City’s Black Side of the Moon (Nov. 12, 2016–Jan.1, 2017) will bow for the holidays. The show is an exploration of what it means to be black in the future, featuring African-American sketch comedians and stand-up artists. Billy Bungeroth will direct.

Following will be Clare Barron’s Baby Screams Miracle (Jan. 30–Feb. 26, 2017), about a family praying their way to safety as a storm besieges their home. Howard Shalwitz will direct.

Next will be Pike Street (March 27–April 23, 2017), by Nilaja Sun, about a Puerto Rican immigrant living on Manhattan’s Lower East Side who works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby.

The season will continue with Taylor Mac’s Hir (May 22–June 18, 2017), about a veteran who returns home to find his father has had a stroke, his sister is transgender, and his mother has freed herself from the constraints of marriage. Shana Cooper will direct.

Woolly Mammoth was founded in 1980, and brings innovative and edgy new work to D.C.

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