Media Advisory: Woolly Mammoth Announces Return of The Second City With AMERICA ALL BETTER, 7/9-8/4

January 23
10:30 AM 2013
Media Advisory: Woolly Mammoth Announces Return of The Second City With AMERICA ALL BETTER, 7/9-8/4

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will welcome back Chicago's acclaimed The Second City with its fifth collaboration, America All Better!!, July 9 - August 4, 2013.

Following sell-out runs of Barack Stars, Barack Stars: The Wrath of Rahm, A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics, and Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies, Chicago's The Second City returns to Woolly this summer with their newest show about politics, high school, the economy, time-travel, race, online dating, and everything else: America All Better!!

2012: The economy's in the dumps. Unemployment is sky high. The middle class is disappearing. A national poll reveals that Americans prefer cockroaches to Congress.

2013: Haven't you heard? Obama's been re-elected. The economy is on the rebound (sort of). Marijuana and gay marriage are legal (kind of). America, now you're All Better!!

"Woolly Mammoth is proud to welcome Chicago's legendary The Second City back to our theatre for the fifth time," says Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz. "The material in their new show will represent the best of The Second City's comedy from the past year, plus brand new sketches reflecting the zaniness of American politics and social relations at the dawning of Obama's historic second term. The voters have spoken-so, why doesn't it seem to make any difference??? The stock market is zooming-so, why does everyone feel so poor??? These and other vexing ironies will be hilariously dissected by a high-energy cast from the nation's capital and the Windy City."

Building upon a deep artistic collaboration modeled by last season's holiday hit, Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies, America All Better!! will unite Woolly Company Members, Washington, DC performers, and actors from Chicago's famed The Second City. Woolly Company Member Colin K. Bills (The Convert, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, A Bright New Boise) will design the scenic and lighting elements of the production.

Tickets are now available for pre-sale to Woolly subscribers and flex pass buyers. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 22, 2013.

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