Winners and Losers Coming to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Oct 1, 2015
Winners and Losers

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, in association with Theatre Replacement, Neworld Theatre and Crow's Theatre of Canada, is pleased to announce that Canadian theatre artists James Long and Marcus Youssef will bring Winners and Losers to DC this fall. Since its premiere in December 2012 at British Columbia's Gateway Theatre, the show has enjoyed successful performances at international venues and festivals including Denmark's Aarhus Festival and the INTERsection festival in Terni, Italy. Winners and Losers runs at Woolly from October 26 to November 22, 2015.

Winners and Losers is the brainchild of Vancouver-based theatre artists and longtime collaborators Marcus Youssef and James Long. As the play begins, Marcus and Jamie entertain themselves with a simple, seemingly harmless game - they pick a subject and debate whether it's a winner or a loser. But what begins as a playful exercise slowly reveals itself as an unpacking of privilege, status symbols, and class divisions in an innovative autobiographical format. In praise of the show's run at New York's Soho Rep, The New York Times called it "a frisky theatrical symposium...articulate, funny and breezily charming" and the Village Voice dubbed it, "a sly, utterly successful production" that "hits the bull's-eye."

"I'm thrilled to welcome Jamie and Marcus to Washington, DC, with their compelling show about how we view people -- even friends --whose backgrounds and circumstances are different from our own," says Howard Shalwitz, Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director. "They are fellow theatre leaders, thinkers, and charismatic performers -- and with the novel, semi-improvised format of Winners and Losers, they bare their souls in a way we rarely see on stage."

Toronto-based director Chris Abraham will lead the production team, joined by Jonathan Ryder (lighting designer) and Elia Kirby (stage manager/production manager).

Woolly is pleased to be presenting Winners and Losers in association with Theatre Replacement, Neworld Theatre and Crow's Theatre of Canada. Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. The company continues to build and tour work, and has been presented at internationally recognized festivals and venues. Neworld Theatre is an award-winning, Vancouver-based theatre company that creates, produces and tours new plays and performance events. The company is led by Artistic Director Marcus Youssef and Artistic Producer Adrienne Wong. Founded in 1983 by Jim Millan, Crow's Theatre seeds projects and collaborations with artists and companies that are engaged in the examination of our culture's pivotal narratives in ways that are direct yet complex, entertaining and challenging.


James Long has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto. He has also taught workshops and classes to established artists across Canada and to students at The University of British Columbia, The University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Studio 58 and Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts. As a freelance actor and director he has had the pleasure of working with Rumble Productions, Neworld Theatre, Cindy Mochizuki, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus, The Chop, The Only Animal, Stan's Cafe, CBC radio and Electric Company Theatre, among many others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

The ethic and practice of collaboration are central to Marcus Youssef's creative work. His plays, many of which were written or created with friends and colleagues, include: Winners and Losers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Eviland Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings, Everyone, Adrift, 3299: Forms in Order, Peter Panties and A Line in the Sand. They have been presented across North America, Australia and Europe, translated into Czech, Flemish, and Italian, and published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press. Awards: Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer's Canadian Play, Arts Club Silver Commission, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Sun Critics' Choice Innovation (three times), as well as numerous Jessies (Vancouver), Masques (Montreal) and Doras (Toronto). His fiction and journalism has been published widely, in Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Grain, Ricepaper, This Magazine, CTR, the Georgia Straight, The Tyee, on numerous blogs and on CBC Radio. With three indie-theatre partners, Neworld co-founded Progress Lab 1422 in 2009. It's a collaboratively managed 6,000 sq. foot rehearsal and production centre in East Vancouver that has become a hub for the independent Vancouver theatre scene. Marcus was the inaugural Special Appointee at Capilano University, implementing an interdisciplinary Bachelors in Performing Arts Program offered jointly by Capilano, Douglas, Langara and Vancouver Community College. Marcus is Chair of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Policy Council and serves on the advisory board of the scholarly journal Canadian Theatre Review. He was an assistant professor at Concordia University in Montreal and continues to teach widely. Marcus is a graduate of the National Theatre School and holds an MFA from UBC. He lives in Vancouver's Commercial Drive area with his partner, teacher Amanda Fritzlan, and their sons Oscar and Zak.


Winners and Losers runs October 26, 2015 to November 22, 2015, with performances Wednesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (only evening performances on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1). October 26 and 27 will be Pay What You Can preview performances, which will begin at 8pm. The show will run approximately 85 minutes.


October 26, 2015: Pay What You Can performance at 8pm

October 27, 2015: Pay What You Can performance at 8pm

October 28, 2015: Performance at 8pm

October 29, 2015: Performance at 8pm

October 30, 2015: Press Night Performance at 8pm

October 31, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 1, 2015: Performance at 7pm

November 4, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 5, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 6, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 7, 2015: Performances at 3pm and 8pm

November 8, 2015: Performances at 2pm and 7pm

November 11, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 12, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 13, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 14, 2015: Performances at 3pm and 8pm

November 15, 2015: Performances at 2pm and 7pm

November 18, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 19, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 20, 2015: Performance at 8pm

November 21, 2015: Performances at 3pm and 8pm

November 22, 2015: Performances at 2pm and 7pm


Tickets to Winners and Losers start at $35 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (202) 393-3939, via email at, or in person at the Box Office, located at 641 D Street NW.

Patrons who are 30-years-old and younger may, at any time, purchase Section B tickets for $20 to any performance. There are also discounts available for first responder men and women and active US military personnel, spouses, and veterans. More information is available at