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About Describe the Night

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? "Describe the Night" uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of "Guards at the Taj" (2016) and "Gruesome Playground Injuries" (2010). "Describe the Night" is a “work of major ambition” (New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.

Run Time

2hrs 45min (Inc. 2 intermissions)

Start Date

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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