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Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s Dial 1 For Human Resources
September 24 – October 7, 2020

human resources

Maria Manuela Goyanes

Since March, the world has been in a spin and has forced most people to become very creative in planning and carrying out their normal activities. In the last issue in “Gone Virtual - How Theater, Genealogy, and Art Meetings Have Changed,” we shared how three organizations have adjusted.

This fall, the highly innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Telephonic Literary Union will offer theater with an even more creative twist. They have joined teams to repurpose the customer service hotline for stranger, more tender use in "Human Resources," an intimate audio anthology in response to an emerging virtual world.

In short, theater goers buy $7 tickets safely online, by phone, or via email. Then, they get an access code that is good for a four-day time period. During the period, ticket holders can indulge in short three to five minute audio stand alone stories and anthologies. The access code comes by email with instructions.

“In the age of constant Zoom meetings, nothing is more welcome to me than a good old-fashioned phone call,” says Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes. “Before the pandemic, I had gotten wind of the fabled Telephonic Literary Union, and together we started to dream of intricate worlds devised specifically to be accessed through the buttons on your telephone. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is here to expand the definition of the theatrical experience, and "Human Resources," does exactly that, all from the safety of your own home.”

A collaboration of Sarah Lunnie, Stowe Nelson, and Yuvika Tolani, in cahoots with a rotating band of co-conspirators, Telephonic Literary Union makes stories for very small audiences using phones, thoughtfully curated environments, and the theater of the mind. Featuring new works by Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung, and Zeniba.

Tickets are available online, by phone at (202) 393-3939, and via email.

Note: A ticket purchase provides you access for one window. Each window will have the same content and open from 12:01a Thursday - 11:59p Sunday. Window 1: October 1-4; Window 2: October 8–11; Window 3: October 15–18; and Window 4: October 22–25

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