Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for turbulence. In a co-production with Baltimore Center Stage, the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company will present the regional premiere of AIN’T NO MO’, written by Jordan E. Cooper and directed by Lili-Anne Brown from September 11 to October 9, 2022.
When news announces that black Americans are being offered a one-way ticket to Africa, Peaches, the beautiful drag queen flight attendant on African-American Airlines Flight 1619, greets us as we prepare to take a bumpy flight .
“Jordan E. Cooper charts a path from the election of the first black president to an alternate reality where black Americans are offered a ticket out of this country – and take it! The result is surprisingly funny and provocative, talking about the ‘black experience in a real, raw and hilarious way,’ shares artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes.”A co-production with the brilliant Stephanie Ybarra and Baltimore Center Stage, Ain’t No Mo’ will feature Woolly Company cast member Jon Hudson Odom (An Octoroon) as Peaches and Shannon Dorsey (Fairview) back on our stage for the first time since the pandemic.”
“There really is no better time to watch this piece – for better or for worse, its themes remain incredibly relevant,” says Stephanie Ybarra, Watching the Woolly and BCS teams embrace this joint venture has been thrilling, and I couldn’t be prouder of this partnership.”
“Nothing less than a witty portrait of current black American life” (The New York Times), AIN’T NO MO’ interweaves a series of socially charged vignettes that dissect the state of states since the presidency of ‘Obama until today. The show takes a close look at issues ranging from racism to abortion in a raw and hilarious way, like the impersonation of the Real Housewives franchise.
The co-production of AIN’T NO MO’ at the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and the Baltimore Center Stage gives audiences in the greater DC and Baltimore metro areas the opportunity to catch this show before a new production hits the Broadway stage on November 3. At Baltimore Center Stage, the show will run from October 27 through November 20.
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown and written by Jordan E. Cooper, AIN’T NO MO’ stars Jon Hudson Odom (Peaches)*, Shannon Dorsey (Passenger 1)*, Breon Arzell (Passenger 2), Shannon Matesky (Passenger 3) , Brandi Porter (passenger 4) and LaNisa Frederick (passenger 5).
Designers and creative team include Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Designer), Colin K. Bills* (Lighting Designer), Yvonne Miranda (Costume Designer), Tosin Olufolabi (Sound Designer), Jyreika Guest (Fight and Intimacy Choreographer), Nailah Harper -Malveaux (Associate Director/BOLD Rising Director), John Keith Hall (Stage Manager), Maddie Friedman (Assistant Stage Manager), Jazzy Davis (Production Assistant), Korie Booker (Wig Stylist) and Dana Hurd (Makeup and Special Effects Stylist).
*Denotes a resident member of the Woolly Mammoth Society
AIN’T NO MO’ from September 11 to October 9, 2022, with performances Wednesday to Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (except September 11) and 7 p.m. (except September 18). There are Pay-What-You-Will performances on Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m. and Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m.
Performances with additional accessibility features will be added to the play’s website page as dates are finalized. These include:
Open-captioned performances, which feature an always-visible on-screen text description that displays dialogue, identifies speakers, and describes other relevant sounds
Performances performed in ASL, which feature performers placed inside the theater who translate what the actors say and express to the audience.
Audio-described performances, which feature live narration interspersed with the actors’ dialogue used to provide information on key visual elements.
Assistive listening devices are available for all performances. The transmitters and accompanying headphones and speakers are available at the box office.
Post-performance discussions with the actors take place:
Sunday September 25 (Morning)
Sunday October 9 (morning)
Tickets for AIN’T NO MO’ start at $29 and are available at woollymammoth.net, by phone at (202) 393-3939 and by email at [email protected]
Preview of the Pay-What-You-Will performances on September 11 and will be available one week before the performances, via Woolly Mammoth and TodayTix. There are also 28 Pay-What-You-Will tickets available for each remaining performance by selecting PWYW seats and adjusting the ticket price on woollymammoth.net. Customers 30 and under can purchase Section C tickets at any time for $20 for any show. Discounts are also available for educators, first responders and active U.S. military personnel, spouses, and veterans. More information is available at woollymammoth.net.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
The woolly mammoth will no longer require proof of vaccination for the 2022-23 season. Our staff and performers must be fully vaccinated, and actors are tested regularly for COVID-19. Masks are still needed when not actively eating or drinking.
We ask that you stay home if you feel sick, even if you test negative for COVID-19. We are happy to waive change fees for anyone who is feeling unwell to best protect our audience and team from illness. More information at https://www.woollymammoth.net/about-us/safety/
ART EXHIBITION: ANIEKAN UDOFIA
A solo art exhibit titled Return of the Shaolin Pencil by Aniekan Udofia will be available in the Upper and Lower Concourses of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company for the duration of AIN’T NO MO’. The artistic vernissage with Udofia will take place on Sunday September 18 after the morning of that day from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. An artistic conference with Udofia will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. before the performance that evening. These events are free and registration will be available on woollymammoth.net in the coming weeks.
Known for his large-scale paintings and murals, including Ben’s Chili Bowl mural featuring notable black Americans, Udofia will feature his first-ever exhibition of watercolor paintings in this exhibit.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRITER
Jordan E. Cooper is an OBIE Award-winning playwright and performer who was recently chosen as one of OUT magazine’s “Entertainers of the Year.” In 2020, he starred in a sold-out run of his play Ain’t No Mo’ which was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Jordan created a pandemic-centric short titled “Mama Got A Cough” which was featured in National Geographic and was named “Best Of 2020” by The New York Times. He was also featured in the final season of FX’s POSE as “MC Tyrone”. He recently created and produced his first TV project “The Ms. Pat Show,” an R-rated “old school” sitcom that premiered to record numbers on BET+.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lili-Anne Brown, a Chicago South Side native, works as a director, actor, and educator, and has performed, directed, and produced many award-winning shows in Chicago and nationally. She is the former artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago, where she focused on programming Chicago premiere musicals and developing new plays with resident playwrights. Her recent achievements include School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play and the world premieres of Ike Holter’s I Hate It Here and Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre), The Color Purple (The Muny), Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival ), Acoustic Rooster… (Kennedy Center), Spunk (virtual Roundabout Theatre), Wally World (audio Steppenwolf Theatre), Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse). She is a member of the SDC, AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and represented by William Morris Endeavour. www.librownchicago.com
ABOUT WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATER COMPANY
The Tony Award®-winning Woolly Mammoth Theater Company creates badass theater that shines a light on the amazing, thought-provoking and formidable complexity of our world. For over 40 years, Woolly has maintained a high level of artistic rigor while daring to take risks, innovate and push perceived boundaries. One of the few remaining theaters in the nation to maintain an artist company, Woolly plays a vital research and development role within American theater. Plays created here have been performed in hundreds of theaters around the world and have had lasting impacts on the field. Currently co-led by Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes and Acting Managing Director Ted DeLong, Woolly is located in Washington, DC, equidistant from the Capitol and the White House. This unique location influences Woolly’s investment in active work towards equitable, participatory and creative democracy.
The woolly mammoth stands on occupied and unceded territory: the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank whose descendants belong to the Piscataway peoples. Additionally, the founding of this city and most of the original buildings in Washington, DC were funded by the sale of slaves of African descent and built by their hands.
ABOUT BALTIMORE CENTRAL SCENE
Founded in 1963 and designated the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, the Baltimore Center Stage provides the highest quality theater and programming to all members of our communities, including youth and families, under the direction of the artistic director Stephanie Ybarra. Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations and imaginations by producing an eclectic season of professional productions on two main stages and an intimate 99-seat theater, through engaging community programs and inspiring educational programs. Everything we do at Center Stage is guided by our core values, chief among which is Access for All. Baltimore Center Stage’s mission is firmly rooted in providing active and open accessibility for all, regardless of barriers, to our main stage performances, educational initiatives, and community programming.