OH, GOD

By Anat Gov | Directed by Michael Bloom
Featuring Mitchell Hébert as God, 
Kimberly Schraf as Ella and Sean McCoy
as Lior
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
Part of the Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival
December 12, 2018—January 20, 2019​
NOW EXTENDED THRU JANUARY 20!

ABOUT

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. (Runtime: 90 minutes)

 

“A funny, witty, poignant, often brilliant text that asks intriguing questions about the nature of the Deity and our relationship to Him, all in a delightful 80 minutes.” — The Jerusalem Post

 
 

PRESS

“Juicy topics...A pointed 90 minute comedy”

Schraf is ideally cast as Ella, a woman with a broken heart and a spine of steel, and Hébert quickly shows divine touch as Him.”

The Washington Post

“wonderfully clever...a masterpiece”

Broadway World

“undeniably touching.”

DC Theatre Scene

“What begins rib-tickling turns soul-searching and by the end gets heart-stirring. It’s an ingeniously moving comedy that well earns the adjective divine.”

a miracle on H Street.

DC Metro Theater Arts

DATES

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ACCESSIBILITY

WEEKDAY MATINÉES

8pm Friday, January 11

ASL Interpreted Performance, Open Captioned Performance

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3pm Saturday, January 12

ASL Interpreted Performance, Open Captioned Performance

ASL Interpreted Post-Show Discussion

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8pm Saturday, January 12

Open Captioned Performance

11am Thursday, December 20

(with post-show discussion)

11am Thursday, January 17

(with post-show discussion)

 

ARTISTS

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Anat Gov
Playwright
Michael Bloom
Director
Mitchell Hébert
God
Kimberly Schraf
Ella
Sean McCoy
Lior
Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Set Designer
Brittany Shemuga
Lighting Designer
Kelsey Hunt
Costume Designer
Roc Lee
Sound Designer
Robert Garner
Sound Engineer
Michelle Elwyn
Properties Designer
Shirley Serotsky
Resident Dramaturg
C. Renee Alexander
Production Stage Manager
Jean-Daniel Chablais
Assistant Director
 

DISCUSSIONS

8PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Cast Talkback with the Creative Team

Michael Bloom Director, Oh, God

Shirley Serotsky Mosaic Resident Dramaturg

Ari Roth Mosaic Artistic Director

3PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Sitting Together/Standing in Solidarity/Becoming Whole

E. Ethelbert Miller DC Poet and WPFW›s «On The Margin” host

Carole Zawatsky CEO, EDCJCC

Ari Roth Mosaic Artistic Director

11AM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

Cast Talkback

Victoria Murray Baatin Mosaic Associate Artistic Director

3PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22

Spiritual Conversations: How do you hear God?

Reverend Ann Gillespie Episcopal priest and advocate for the arts in Alexandria, VA

Pastor Delonte Gholston Peace Fellowship Church

Reverend Thomas L. Bowen Director, Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing

3PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23

Creativity From Creation: Biblical Imagery in the Arts

Norman Allen Playwright, Unitarian Minister

Benjamin Shalva Rabbinic Faculty at the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington and the Soul Center of Baltimore; writer, prayer and song leader, meditation teacher, yoga instructor

Deryl Davis Adjunct Professor in Drama and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary; Producer of Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

NJ Mitchell Mt Gilead Performing Arts Ministry

Shirley Serotsky Mosaic Resident Dramaturg

8PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

Reading Genesis: The Human and Divine from Creation to the Flood 

John Wimberley Pastor of Western Church in DC for ٣٠ years; currently a consultant with congregations around the country

Naomi H. Rosenblatt Psychotherapist, writer, and speaker; Author of After the Apple: Women in the Bible: Timeless Stories of Love, Lust, and Longing and Wrestling With Angels and What Genesis Teaches Us About Our Spiritual Identity, Sexuality, and Personal Relationships

Robert Miller O.F.S., Ph.D Ordinary Professor of Old Testament and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at The Catholic University of America

Shirley Serotsky Mosaic Resident Dramaturg

3PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

Laughter Through Tears: Comedy and Dark Themes

Laura Zam Author, speaker, certified trauma professional, and sexuality educator

Sean Joyce Comic and Founder of Underground Comedy

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing

3PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

What’s a Nice Secular Playwright Like You Doing in This Bible Study Group? 

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss professor of Modern Jewish Studies, American University

Matt Nosanchuk Mosaic Board Member; Associate Director of Public Engagement in the Obama White House

Elad Strohmayer Spokesperson, Embassy of Israel to the United States

Stephen Stern Mosaic Board Member

8PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Job’s Ordeal and God’s: When Biblically Bad Things Happen to Good People

Dr. John Ahn Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Howard University

Reverend Emily Griffin Associate Rector, St. Albans Episcopal Church

Stephen Stern Mosaic Board Member

3PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Depression and Our Neural Circuits

Dr. Allen Dyer GWU, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Fritz Henn, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Victoria Murray Baatin Mosaic Associate Artistic Director

3PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

ASD Onstage: How We Talk About Autism

Salman Shamsi Health Care Executive and father of two adult children, both on the autism spectrum.

Monica Adler Werner Co-Founder, Take2 Summer Camp and Executive Function and Parent Coach at Center for Assessment and Treatment

Dana Gillespie Founder of Gillespie Educational Consulting; special educator, learning and behavior consultant, and advocate

Bobbie Gottschalk Co-founder Seeds of Peace; Mosaic Theater Company Board Member

8PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

In The Analyst’s Chair (in partnership with The Contemporary Freudian Society)

Justine Kalas-Reeves, Ph.D Psychoanalyst and psychotherapist 

Michael Krass, Ph.D Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst

Kerry Malawista Psychoanalyst and writer

3PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Divine Fragility: Patriarchy at a Crossroads

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D Feminist theologian; Co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland

Jill Raney Feminist Advocate and Organizer 

Rebeca Cohen Mosaic Manager of Institutional Giving

3PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

Anat Gov: On Power 

Motti Lerner Israeli playwright (The Admission, After the War)

Ari Roth Mosaic Artistic Director

 

GALLERY

 
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