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 4-28, 2018

Mosaic’s first commission brings the world premiere sequel to Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ “sweet-spirited solo show” which the New York Timesdescribed 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."

by Caleen Sinnette Jennings  
Directed by Paige Hernandez | Featuring Erika Rose 
January 4-28, 2018
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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office


202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.

Click here to download the show calendar.

ALL PERFORMANCES will include open captions projected on set.

Opening Night: Monday, January 8 at 7:30PM


Thurs January 4 at 8PM Post show discussion

Fri January 5 at 8PM Post show discussion

Sat January 6 at 8PM

Sat January 7 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun January 7 at 7:30PM

Mon January 8 at 7:30PM Opening night

Thurs January 11 at 11AM Cast talkback

Thurs January 11 at 8PM


Fri January 12 at 8PM

Sat January 13 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sat January 13 at 8PM

Sun January 14 at 3PM

Wed January 17 at 8PM

Thurs January 18 at 8PM Cast talkback

Fri January 19 at 8PM

Sat January 20 at 3PM Peace café

Sat January 20 at 8PM

Sat January 21 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun January 21 at 7:30PM

Wed January 24 at 8PM

Thurs January 25 at 8PM Post show discussion

Fri January 26 at 8PM

Sat January 27 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sat January 27 at 8PM

Sun January 28 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun January 28 at 7:30PM

Wed January 31 at 8PM

Thurs February 1 at 8PM Cast talkback

Fri February 2 at 8PM

Sat February 3 at 3PM | Post show discussion

Sat February 3 at 8PM

Sun February 4 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun February 4 at 7:30PM

Meet the Artists

Caleen Sinnette Jennings(Playwright) is Professor of Theatre at American University in Washington, DC. She received the Heideman Award from Actor’s Theatre of Louisville for her play Classyass, which was produced at the 2002 Humana Festival and has been published in five anthologies. She is a two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding New Play. In 2003 she won the award for Outstanding Teaching of Playwriting from the Play Writing Forum of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. In 1999 she received a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays for her play Inns & Outs. Her play Playing Juliet/Casting Othello was produced at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in 1998. In 2012, Ms. Jennings’ play Hair, Nails & Dress, was produced by Uprooted Theatre Company of Milwaukee and by the D.C. Black Theatre Festival.

Her most recent publication is Uncovered, in the 2011 Eric Lane and Nina Shengold anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Dramatic Publishing Company has published: Chem Mystery, Elsewhere in Elsinore: the Unseen Women of Hamlet, Inns & Outs, Playing Juliet/Casting Othello, Sunday Dinner, A Lunch Line, and Same But Different. Ms. Jennings is also an actor and director. She received her BA in drama from Bennington College and her MFA in Acting from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Paige Hernandez(Director) is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright.  Paige is also known for her effective fusion of theatre, hip-hop, dance and education.

As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. To date, she has reached approx. 10,000 students, from Pre-K through college, in over 100 residencies, workshops and performances. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEM initiatives.

Paige is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has performed on many stages throughout the country including DC: Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center , Fulton Theatre (PA), Ohio Theatre (NY), Manship Theatre(LA), Paramount Theatre (TX), Cleveland Playhouse (OH), The Wharton Center (MI) and many others. She has collaborated with The Lincoln Center (NY) and was commissioned by both the National New Play Network, the Kennedy Center and the Glimmerglass festival.

As a critically acclaimed director and dancer, Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world most notably at Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, Forum Theatre and at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as two Helen Hayes nominations for choreography and performance. Most recently she was named a “Citizen Artist Fellow” at the Kennedy Center and a “Rising Leader of Color” by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including Props for Hip Hop at Arena Stage and Keep it Moving, at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.

With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige tours internationally with her original works including Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, 7th Street Echo , All the Way Live!,  Havana Hop and Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape.

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.