A bold initiative to bring 

presentations of Mosaic productions to students,

artists, and the entire DC community

Mosaic on the Move

Mosaic on the Move can be broken down into two categories: free-of charge-educational performances and paid tours.

 

Our free-of-charge local educational touring initiative brings scaled-down productions of shows from our Mainstage Series to students and their families in Wards 7 and 8, many of whom may have felt excluded from theater in the past due to content, location, or price. The surrounding programming associated with these productions (post-show discussions and in-school workshops) shares many features with our Student Matinee Program. 

Our paid Mosaic On The Move productions includes off-site readings and productions in which a host organizations pays a performance fee and is responsible for advertising and building an audience. This activity started as a local initiative with performances and readings at DC religious centers and universities, and is growing into a national effort, in which Mosaic brings productions from previous seasons on tour to universities around the country. Host organizations and universities will pay a performance fee that covers half the expenses, and contributed income will make up the difference. To learn about our current Voices Festival Tour, please click here!

Current Mosaic On The Move Shows:
MARIE and ROSETTA 
By George Brant | Directed by Sandra L. Holloway
 
January 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
RSVP HERE

 

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music that would become a rhythmic precursor to rock and roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a pioneer of mid-20th-century music with a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. Set in the showroom of a funeral home, in Mississippi, 1946, this musical celebration of two extraordinary Black Women chronicles the unlikely first rehearsal between Rosetta and the prim young, Marie Knight, to see if the potential protégée could summon the stuff to allow for a professional partnership that might topple the male stranglehold suppressing Rosetta's career. They would embark on a tour to establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.

 

This event will feature:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight listening party
Discussion with Marie and Rosetta director, Sandra Holloway
Book discussion with author Gayle Wald about her book Shout, Sister, Shout! 

THE AGITATORS 
By Mat Smart | Directed by KenYatta Rogers
 
February 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Anacostia Library
RSVP HERE

 

Brimming with modern urgency and relevance, The Agitators examines the friendship and occasional rivalry between two American icons—Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It’s 1849 and two young activists, full of optimism and ideals, steel themselves for the battles to come. Over the next 45 years, they journey from allies to adversaries and back. Theirs is a story of defiance, of rebellion, of revolution. They agitated the nation. They agitated each other. They changed the course of history.

 

This event will feature:

Birthday celebration for Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14 birthday), and Susan B. Anthony (Feb. 15 birthday)

Guest speaker on Frederick Douglass's autobiography and discussion about the events in the play The Agitators vs. real life events 

OH, GOD 
By Anat Gov | Directed by Michael Bloom
 
March 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Tenleytown Library
RSVP HERE

 

In this witty and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella, single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new and desperate patient: God. The late Anat Gov was known as Israel’s Wendy Wasserstein, and in her gently veiled analogy, Ella and God must learn to help each other—after all, God is suffering from having accrued too much power, while Ella has lost whatever faith (in God) she might have had. As both battle low-grade depression, the fate of the world may just hang in the balance! With a clash of biblical quotes framed by a modern-day wit, Gov brings a funny, often brilliant text that forces us to confront our own issues of faith, hubris, and the overwhelming power of humility.

 

This event will feature:

Staged reading 
Post reading discussion with the cast/creative team

SHAME 2.0
(With Comments from the Populace)
Adapted by the authors from the original SHAME by Einat Weizman and Morad Hassan
Directed by John Vreeke
 
March 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Northeast Library
RSVP HERE

 

Hate mail. Death threats. Intimidation. Incarceration. Artists under siege and house arrest. This is happening. Now. This is Shame 2.0 (With Comments From The Populace), a blistering, documentary portrait ripped right from today’s headlines. As Israelis and Palestinians work together in the face of government censorship, cultural suppression, and Loyalty Oaths, we see the costs on embattled artists in a conflict-ridden region unfold onstage. Part of Mosaic Theater’s 18th annual Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival,Shame 2.0 integrates live readings of actual Facebook messages, tweets, and voicemails to punctuate the raw, true story of Einat Weizman and Morad Hassan as they strive to make art a tool for cultural resistance. It is a gripping snapshot of now, written in realtime.

 

This event will feature:

Playwriting workshop and discussion with Ari Roth 

NATIVE SON
By Nambi E. Kelley | Directed by Psalmayene 24
 
April 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Petworth Library
RSVP HERE

 

Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright's novel for a whole new generation. Director Psalmayene 24 will also be creating a companion piece to Native Son for the 2018-2019 workshop series. 

 

This event will feature:

Guest speaker and discussion of the novel Native Son
In Discussion: Director Psalmayene 24, cast members

LES DEUX NOIRS 
Notes on Notes of a Native Son
By Psalmayene 24 | Directed by Raymond Caldwell
 
April 30. 2019 at 7:00 PM
Woodridge Library
RSVP HERE

 

A new addition to our Season Four lineup, from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright, Psalmayene 24.  Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle. 

This event will feature:

Staged reading
Post reading discussion with the cast/creative team

SOONER/LATER 
By Allyson Currin | Directed by Gregg Henry
 
May 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM
West End Library
RSVP HERE

 

When teenage daughter Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who inadvertently witnesses Nora’s string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise in the search for intimacy and the closeness of family. This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three.

 

This event will feature:

Playwriting workshop and discussion with Allyson Currin

TWISTED MELODIES 
The Donny Hathaway Story
Written and Performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr. | Directed by  Derrick Sanders
 
May 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Capitol View Library
RSVP HERE

 

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music that would become a rhythmic precursor to rock and roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a pioneer of mid-20th-century music with a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. Set in the showroom of a funeral home, in Mississippi, 1946, this musical celebration of two extraordinary Black Women chronicles the unlikely first rehearsal between Rosetta and the prim young, Marie Knight, to see if the potential protégée could summon the stuff to allow for a professional partnership that might topple the male stranglehold suppressing Rosetta's career. They would embark on a tour to establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.

 

This event will feature:

Music listening event (Donny Hathaway's music)

Discussion on Mental Health and The Arts with guest speaker William D. Leary Development Director of CCSI of Maryland (Community Crisis Services Inc.) and Artistic Director and Founder of Wolf Pack Theatre Company

BOX OFFICE

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 HOURS

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

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