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 one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.

2018 Obie Award Winner, Best New American Play

Presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
165 minutes
(2 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$20 - $69

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-393-3939

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 05/27/2019 - 06/23/2019
Sunday 02:00pm07:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 7:30pm--
Thursday 7:30pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 03:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates

Open Caption

  • 06/15/2019 - 3:00pm
Performer Role
Jonathan David Martin Isaac
Tim Getman Nikolai
Regina Aquino Yevgenia
Danny Gavigan Vova
Moriamo Akibu Urzula
Justin Weaks Feliks
Kate Eastwood Norris Mariya
Production Personnel
Rajiv Joseph
John Vreeke
Costume Designer
Ivania Stack
Set Designer
Misha Kachman
Sound Designer
Roc Lee
Lighting Designer
Colin K. Bills


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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