The Arsonists


The world may be starting to burn, but George Betterman has it all under control. He’s a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he’s even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests… but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will the fire hit too close to home?

Written as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism, The Arsonists has uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe. For Woolly’s incendiary take on Max Frisch’s classic comedy, artistic director Howard Shalwitz makes his long-awaited return to the Woolly stage, lighting the fuse on the theater’s 38th season.

Presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$20 - $103

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Box Office Phone: 202-393-3939

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 09/05/2017 - 10/08/2017
Sunday 2:00pm7:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 8:00pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates
Performer Role
Howard Shalwitz George Betterman
Bahni Turpin Becca Betterman
Regina Aquino Anna
Tim Getman Joe Smith
Kimberly Gilbert Billie Irons
Emily Townley Chorus
Peter Howard Chorus
Sue J Song Chorus
Akeem Davis Chorus
Jose J Perez Chorus
Production Personnel
Max Frisch
Michael John Garces
Costume Designer
Ivania Stack
Set Designer
Misha Kachman
Sound Designers
James Bigbee Garber
Chad Clarck
Movement for plays
Stacey Printz
Lighting Designer
Colin K. Bills
Chad Clarck
Adapted By
Alistair Beaton
Projections/Media Designer
Jared Mezzocchi


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Getting There

  • Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow Lines)
  • Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red Lines)
  • 70, 71, D1, D3, and D6 buses stop at 7th & E Streets. The P1, P2, P6, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, and 54 buses stop at 7th Street & Pennsylvania Ave.


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Theater discount at nearby garage


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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