Erika Rose and Shannon Dorsey in "An ­Octoroon" at D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

Woolly Mammoth Announces 2018-19 Season

The season includes collaborations with the Second City and Uprights Citizens Brigade and plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Rajiv Joseph.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Wolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which was selected by outgoing artistic director Howard Shalwitz and will be produced under incoming artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes.

“This new season of work is emblematic of Woolly Mammoth,” said Goyanes in a statement. “Inspiring, provocative, and keyed into the cultural conversation happening not only in D.C., but also across out country. I am really excited to collaborate with these outstanding artists.”

The season will open with the 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Gloria (Sept. 9-30), by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. This satire follows squabbling editorial assistants at one of New York’s most prestigious magazines when an ordinary day at the office suddenly becomes a living nightmare. Kip Fagan will direct.

Next up will be the return of the Second City with She the People (Dec. 3-Jan. 6, 2019). This all-female sketch show will mark the 10th anniversary of collaborations between the Second City and Woolly Mammoth. Carly Heffernan will direct.

The season will continue with BLKS (Feb. 4-March 3, 2019), by Aziza Barnes. After a bad health scare, Octavia decides to blow off some steam with her friends. Nataki Garrett will direct this portrait of a day in the life of three twentysomething black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of being an adult in New York City.

Following will be Describe the Night (May 27-June 23, 2019), by Rajiv Joseph. Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel’s 1920s diary is found after the 2010 crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president. John Vreeke will direct.

Slated for the spring of 2019 is one more mainstage production, yet to be announced.

Woolly Mammoth has also announced two special engagements for the summer of 2018. First will be Damned If You Do (July 10-29), a new improv show from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Next will be a one-week run of Mike Daisey’s The Story of the Gun (July 31-Aug. 5), which tackles America’s relationship with guns.

Founded in 1978, Woolly Mammoth develops and produces innovative new plays.