Welcome to Woolly Mammoth’s latest production: it’s the climactic finale of Season 35, it’s the latest work from playwright-in-residence Robert O’Hara, and it’s a world premiere of epic proportions. First, let us brief you on a few things…
The play was commissioned by our FREE THE BEAST! campaign
Zombie: The American is the first of Woolly’s FREE THE BEAST! commission projects to reach the Woolly stage. FREE THE BEAST!, a Woolly initiative founded in 2012, is supporting the production of 25 new plays over a ten-year period.
This commission in particular was developed with Woolly, and the city of Washington, DC, in mind. Working closely with Associate Artistic Director Miriam Weisfeld, Robert O’Hara created the play over a three year period marked by frequent trips to DC, a major creative retreat in Lake George, NY, and an event in Woolly’s Appetizers series featuring scene reading and zombie physicality workshops for a live audience.
It’s not just about zombies
Described by the playwright as “a cross between Jacobean tragedy and Dr. Strangelove,” Zombie: The American is a political satire, a dystopian cautionary tale, a sci-fi thriller, and a postmodern comedy all in one. Zombies are just the tip of the iceberg.
Four Woolly Company Members will appear on stage!
The cast, featuring more Woolly Company members than any other show in Season 35, includes Sarah Marshall (Marie Antoinette, Civilization), Dawn Ursula (Marie Antoinette, The Convert), Jessica Frances Dukes (Bootycandy) and Tim Getman (Detroit, Appropriate).
It also features Sean Meehan (The Totalitarians) and Woolly newcomers James Seol, Thomas Keegan, and Luigi Sottile.
Howard Shalwitz is directing
Our Artistic Director, who garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his direction of Stupid Fucking Bird, is leading the creative team for Zombie: The American.
“What does Robert O’Hara dream about at night? The answer must be something like Zombie: The American, a play of reckless daring that asks if the White House is our castle, what are we hiding in the dungeon?”
— Howard Shalwitz
There will be blood
We’re warning you now…we’re gonna get wild with the special effects. But hey: no guts, no glory, right?