Casting For Pre-Broadway Run of A STRANGE LOOP At DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Washington D.C.
Jaquel Spivey, L Morgan Lee, and Antwayn Hopper
Kobi Kassal
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September 21, 2021 2:25 PM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop from writer Michael R. Jackson is headed down to Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this November. Last seen at Playwrights Horizons in May of 2019, this production will reunite original cast members Antwayn Hopper (Thought 6), L Morgan Lee (Thought 1), John-Michael Lyles (Thought 3), James Jackson, Jr. (Thought 2), John-Andrew Morrison (Thought 4), Jason Veasey (Thought 5) and will also introduce Jaquel Spivey as “Usher.”

“When I think about all the unexpected work Woolly could do, what’s more unexpected than a Broadway-bound musical?” said Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. “This show is very special to me. When I was 25 and Michael R. Jackson was 24 and still in graduate school, I directed the first early readings of A STRANGE LOOP. With this project, my past is becoming my present, and, in a way, my very own strange loop! This musical centers a Black queer man whose experience stands in sharp relief to the more mainstream LGBTQ progress we’ve seen over the past decade. Woolly Mammoth will break into song with what I believe to be completely Woolly material—a bold show with nerve, replete with soaring and gut-wrenching show tunes.”

Usher is a Black queer writer working a job he hates while writing his original musical… about a Black queer writer working a job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, mind-blowing, Pulitzer-Prize winning new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — including the punishing thoughts in his head — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.

The musical is directed by Stephen Brackett, with music direction by Rona Siddiqui, and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly. The show will feature set design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Montana Levi Blanco,lighting design by Jennifer Schriever, sound design by Drew Levy, hair/wig/makeup design by Cookie Jordan and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.

A Strange Loop will play Woolly Mammoth from November 22, 2021 through January 2, 2022 before heading back to New York City for future performances. 

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!