Saturday, October 06, 2012


At Woolly last week, staff and Daisey discussed the possibility of a DC workshop performance his newest monologue American Utopias.

Though AU will be coming to Woolly in the Spring, Mike will often do a first workshop performance. Its a chance for him to explore all of the material he’s thinking about, and as extemporaneous storyteller it’s the first time that anyone (including Mike) has heard the piece out loud. This first performance (occasionally called a “birthing”) is special occasion. Little did the Woolly interns know just how special it would be.

Mike graciously offered to make this first workshop performance of AU on October 14th a benefit for the Woolly interns(!!!). All proceeds from the evening will go to raising the (very) small stipend that interns receive. He had this to say:

“The American theater runs on the labor of unpaid interns—they are unsung and unnoticed. They’ve trained, they’re eager to make a life in the theater, and we often work them until they break down. We all have to find a better way—and I’m delighted to work with Woolly Mammoth to give back to these young artists, and I hope that one day no one working in the American theater will find themselves paid only in leftover cheese cubes from opening night party platters.”