Season Three:

Ripped-from-real-life, hugely adventurous 2017-18 SEASON
"Mosaic is what's happening,
To miss it would be UNTHINKABLE.”
-Broadway World
Musical salute to the Empress of the Blues
The Devil's Music:
The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith
By Angelo Parra | Directed by Joe Brancato
Musical arrangements & starring Miche Braden 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
August 24-September 24, 2017

Mosaic’s Season Three launches with this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. Starring Miche Braden, reprising the role she originated Off-Broadway, The Devil’s Music re-imagines Bessie’s final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theater. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie’s all-time hits—songs like “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.” 

“Thrills with the bold, bawdy, and brilliant life of Bessie Smith.” (Los Angeles Times)

Trump-inspired satire gets world-premiere update
Vicuña & An Epilogue
An area & world premiere by Jon Robin Baitz 
Directed by Robert Egan
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
November 1-26, 2017

From the Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony-nominated playwright of Other Desert Cities, comes this hit, Trump-inspired satire about an Iranian tailor and his apprentice who struggle to make a custom-suit out of vicuña wool for an unlikely customer—a real-estate tycoon preparing for the final presidential debate. Originally produced to acclaim during the 2016 election, this newly updated version is followed by a world premiere epilogue drawn from the playwright’s own headline-making experience in DC on the night of the inauguration at the hands of a Trump supporter. Baitz reimagines the incident as experienced by the tailor’s apprentice, Amir, who comes to be a witness to history, only to find himself a casualty of it.


“Baitz generously provides amusement in a play that is so hot off the press that it almost singes.” (Los Angeles Times)

One-man odyssey through America
The Real Americans
In rep with Draw the Circle
Written & performed by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Charlie Varon 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab II
November 10-December 22, 2017

Inspired by 100 days travelling in a van through small-town America, actor/journalist Dan Hoyle enacts a multi-character encounter with the people at ground zero of our country’s growing economic inequality and polarized politics. Hoyle’s quest to “break the liberal bubble” sends him on an unforgettable journey into the lives of the real Americans: union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans, and closeted gay creation theory experts...among others. Part of the series "Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations."

“Nothing short of BRILLIANT: unsettling, poignant, and hilarious.” (Huffington Post)

Intimate story of a family's evolving love
Draw the Circle
In rep with The Real Americans
Written & performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen 
Directed by Chay Yew 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab II
December 1-24, 2017

Gender transition can be a test for any household—but when Mashuq Mushtaq Deen comes out to his conservative Muslim family, traditional values and Western ideals collide in an hilarious and moving immigration journey unlike any other. Told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself, Draw the Circle is a moving story about survival, transition, and unconditional love. Part of the series "Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations."

“Truly a tour de force...universal in its observation of love within the family structure.” (Triangle Arts & Entertainment)

Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
Queens Girl in Africa
World premiere by Caleen Sinnette Jennings  
Directed by Paige Hernandez | Featuring Erika Rose 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
January 4-February 4, 2018

Mosaic’s first commission brings the world premiere sequel to Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ “sweet-spirited solo show” which the New York Times described as one of the breakout hits of DC's first Women's Voices Theatre Festival in 2015. Now part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Queens Girl in Africa picks back up with Jacqueline Marie Butler as she and her family sail to Nigeria following the assassination of her father’s close friend, Malcolm X. Performed by Helen Hayes Award-winner Erika Rose (In Darfur, An Octaroon, Unexplored Interior…), this is a touching coming-of-age story of a woman finding her place in Civil War-torn Nigeria. Part of Mosaic’s new Locally Grown initiative, and concluding the series "Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations."


Queens Girl in the World is a rewarding, absorbing work...I can only wonder and wish for a second installment.” (DC Metro Theater Arts) 

American premiere of an international film sensation
Paper Dolls
American premiere by Philip Himberg
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Based on the film by Tomer Heymann
In Association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob and Co, Ltd
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
March 29-April 22, 2018

This vibrant and thought-provoking musical illuminates the world of five Filipino guest workers in Tel Aviv who care for elderly Orthodox men by day—and headline a drag show by night! Based on the true story behind a 2006 Israeli documentary, Paper Dolls is a rich, unforgettable karaoke musical about the challenges that migrant workers face while yearning for citizenship. This American premiere plays as part of the 2018 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.

"Beautiful… both achingly intimate and rich in universal themes" (The Times)

Special Encore Remount
Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm 
Directed by Serge Seiden
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre
May 2-June 3, 2018

Back by popular demand, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s “breathtakingly on-point new comedy” (Washington Post) returns for a special encore remount after its sold-out run became one of the first breakout DC hits of 2017. This irreverent examination of growing up Black in America features two unlikely allies—Marquis and Tru. Suspecting that Marquis has lost his “blackness,” Tru pens a manual entitled Being Black for Dummies which sends the two on a whirlwind journey through a world of cheerleaders, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo, and Dionysus. 

"A PERFECT SHOW…’brilliant’ is barely adequate." (DC Theatre Scene)

Culmination of acclaimed family epic
The Vagrant Trilogy
By Mona Mansour 
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
In dramaturgical collaboration with The Public Theater 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
June 6-July 1, 2018

The life of a displaced Palestinian family spanning four decades, and the trenchant pull of home. The Hour of Feeling introduces us to Adham who journeys to the UK on the eve of the Six Day with his new wife, Abir, to deliver a career-defining lecture. In The Vagrant, Adham, up for professorship, must respond to terrorist incidents in London and Lebanon. Part of the 2018 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.


“A delight to watch...Mansour’s characters are rich and complex.” (WFPL)


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