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June 21, 2024

Rose: You Are Who You Eat

A true story of gender cannibalism, set to music

Rose by Steven Pisano

In association with Cultural DC and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
Rolling World Premiere with FringeArts & La MaMa ETC
From a commission by Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents Rose: You Are Who You Eat

Conceived, Written, and Performed by John Jarboe
Directed by MK Tuomanen

Once upon a vine, John Jarboe’s aunt revealed that John not only had a twin sister in the womb, but that John consumed her: “You ate her. That’s why you are the way you are.” This was a lot for John to swallow! In this musical shrine to the consumed twin, named Rose, John welcomes guests into a feast of gender through song, storytelling, and a full plate of wordplay. Featuring all original music written in collaboration with Emily Bate, Daniel de Jesús, Pax Ressler, and Be Steadwell.

Tickets: $5-70

This event is appropriate for ages 13+ 

This performance contains Strobe/Flashing Lights

Content warnings include: themes of fetal mortality and dangerous birth outcomes, growing up queer in Michigan in the 90s, sexual content, graphic eating imagery and cannibal humor. Flashing lights will be used briefly, 40 minutes into the show.

Rose was commissioned by Works & Process and developed in collaboration with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The work was created during the pandemic in Works & Process bubble residencies at Mount Tremper Arts and Bethany Arts Community, with the support of the Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation. Early iterations of Rose were presented by Works & Process in the Guggenheim Rotunda (2021) Guggenheim Theater (2022), and CulturalDC (2022.)



June 21
8:00 pm
$5 – $70
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
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