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Art Works Podcast: Howard Shalwitz

Washington, DC

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Howard Shalwitz, the artistic director and co-founder of Washington, DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. For 31 years, Woolly has been committed to producing new and innovative theater (the edgier, the better). Woolly works closely with playwrights as they make the transition from page to stage, while it finds ways to challenge audiences to engage with the real world issues raised in various productions. It’s a philosophy that has paid off, particularly this year. Woolly mounted an early production of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’s comedic riff on Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun. Clybourne Park went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and an Olivier Award, while the Woolly production won two Helen Hayes Awards.

In the podcast, Howard talks about the production of Clybourne Park, Woolly’s relationship with the playwright, and the extraordinary conversations about race and gentrification that took place in audience talkbacks.

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