Elevator Repair Service—the innovative company that created “Gatz”—comes to Woolly with their newest show, Arguendo. This time, they bring their unique theatrical style to the Supreme Court, tackling the 1991 First Amendment case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, brought to the court by a group of go-go dancers petitioning for their right to perform completely naked.

Using verbatim oral arguments and playful physicality, Arguendo introduces us to the Justices—who try to get to the bottom of this First Amendment puzzle—and the poor attorneys on both sides who gamely try to keep up.  Each performance will be followed by a post-show conversation with noted First Amendment experts.

Presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$35 - $75

Discount Tickets Available Under 30, Military, First Responders, Group, Pay What You Can

Visit Show Website

Box Office Phone: 202-393-3939

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 03/31/2014 - 04/27/2014
Sunday 2:00pm7:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 8:00pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 04/01/2014 - 8:00pm Pay-What-You-Can
  • 04/02/2014 - 8:00pm Press Night
  • 04/04/2014 - 8:00pm Opening Night

Extra Performances

  • 04/01/2014 - 8:00pm
Performer Role
Ben Williams
Mike Iveson
Susie Sokol
Kate Scelsa
Production Personnel
John Collins
Sound Designer
Jason Sebastian
Lighting Designers
Mark Barton
Mike Inwood
Ben Rubin
Eva von Schweinitz


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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