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  The State at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

The State

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW Washington

The State tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria. The text consists of fictionalized letters that share intimate moments of the character's last minutes on Earth and also open space for discussion about our basic rules, principles and values. This is an innovative theatrical event based on Alexander Manuiloff's text, engaging the audience in a unique way -- as you take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, changing the piece each time it's presented. Be a part of the US premiere of The State at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.

Thru - Dec 3, 2017

Box Office: 202-393-3939

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DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...This is a participatory experience at its finest. The onus of participation is freely invited, freely accepted and freely declined. As audience members follow the action, that same suspicion remains. “What is actually supposed to happen?”, “Will we be punished for breaking the rules?”, “Will the camera in the corner record my behavior?” We are treated to our neighbors, and fellow audience members, reading from text. We hear thoughtful, melancholic, and at times incendiary words from the mouths of our neighbors, all about the story of one man in Bulgaria, who introduces himself to us via text as Plamen, a man who has decided to self-immolate in protest of the Bulgarian government the next day."
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