The Dynamic Duos of Woolly

Kenneth De Abrew and Ethan Hova

Guards at the Taj is one of our best two-hander plays ever. What’s a “two-hander?” It means a play or movie with only two main characters. Well, what other great two-handers have appeared at Woolly? We’re glad you asked. Check it out!

Winners and Losers

Surely you haven’t forgotten the Canadian sensation Winners and Losers already. Marcus Youssef and James Long took our stage last fall to go deep on class, privilege, family, and the ugly side of friendship, by hashing out the trials and tribulations of their own lives. It wasn’t all so serious, though — lighter moments like a nightly “name-that-tune” game and some friendly wrestling (above) broke up the tension.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Rajiv Joseph’s last play to hit the Woolly stage, Gruesome Playground Injuries, told the story of two injury-prone friends who nurse their wounds together over the course of many years. This production featured Woolly Company Members Gabrielle Fernandez-Coffey and Tim Getman — married in real life!

The Pajama Men

The boisterous, bedheaded combo of Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen joined us last in 2013, playing their hyperactive brand of comedy to sold-out audiences. Part sketch comedy, part clown show, part stand-up routine, the PJ Men defy easy categorization, which is part of the reason we love them. As you can see above, it was pretty difficult to get any work done while they were here.

In the Continuum

A two-woman show by and starring theatrical powerhouses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira, In the Continuum follows Abigail, a Zimbabwean wife and mother, and Nia, a Los Angeles native — two women with different backgrounds and circumstances, whose lives are both torn asunder when they are diagnosed with HIV. Directed by Woolly Company Member Robert O’Hara, the Washington Post hailed the show as “a pair of funny, compassionate solo shows rolled up into each other.”

Marie and Bruce

Taking it way, way back — we produced Marie and Bruce by Wallace Shawn as part of our 1983–1984 season! The play is about a couple in a complex and emotionally tortured relationship. A film version was made in 2004 starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick.

— Justin McCarthy, Communications Coordinator

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