PILGRIMS MUSA & SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD

PILGRIMS MUSA & SHERI

IN THE NEW WORLD

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Shirley Serotsky 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Featuring Ahmad Kamal as Musa and Rachel Felstein as Sheri,
with
Freddie Bennett, Sanam L. Hashemi, and Gerrad Alex Taylor
Part of the Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival
Interview with playwright Yussef El Guindi
From the Artistic Director
Dramaturgy by Salma S. Zohdi
January 16–February 16, 2020
All dates are subject to change

ABOUT

From the Egyptian-American winner of the Steinberg New American Play Award comes a romantic comedy about Muslim and American identity full of unexpected twists. Musa, a new immigrant from Egypt, picks up Sheri, a American waitress with an edge, after her shift. A night of improbable passion turns into an extended labyrinth of cultural assumptions upended.

Lead Underwriters: Kumi and Bill Martin

 

LOCAL PRESS

"A humane comedy of love and immigration."
crackling sexual attraction
with cross cultural awkwardness"
"Insightful, openhearted...
a comic charmer"
- The Seattle Times
“...A tankful of wit...
the playwright's giddy who's on first?-style
dialogue mark his as a talent to watch?
-Variety
"a funny provocative hit"
"an elegant rom-com with fangs,
a twist on the traditional gentle tale of immigrants
coming to America to forge a new life
and find love"
"wild, funny and unusual"
- The Mercury News
FEATURES
 
In Yussef El Guindi’s Plays, Personal and Political
Are in Bed Together
- The New York Times

NATIONAL PRESS

“an energizing jolt... vibrant... endearing..
a salve at a time of bitter social, partisan and national divisions..."
- The Washington Post
"This rom-com has a higher purpose...important and intriguing"
- DC Metro Theater Arts
"Romantic, funny and complex...a must-see theatrical event...equal parts sharp, smart, and filled with heart...marvelous"
- MD Theatre Guide 
"4 Stars! A delightful rom-com...
Mosaic Theater Company reliably highlights moving, relevant perspectives from underrepresented corners of society. In the experienced hands of director Shirley Serotsky, Pilgrims becomes another brick in Mosaic’s wall of multicultural successes. With humor and heart – and without preaching or politics – it makes a persuasive case for a shared humanity that spans cultures and oceans"
- DC Theatrescene
 
"A sultry, cross-cultural romp...
A raunchy, fun rom-com, for sure, but also a thoughtful meditation on merging disparate worlds and making a new home away from home. Director Shirley Serotsky skillfully blends levity with timely, complex questions."
- DCist
"El Guindi is an excellent storyteller who has populated his city with charming, flawed characters who have their own sensual desires, spiritual aspirations, and material needs."
- Washington City Paper
"as delicious a romp as any that’s come along in a while...
There are some dazzling performances in Pilgrims,
all executed with perfect timing."
- DCMTA (2nd review)
 

DATES

indicates a post show discussion immediately following the performance
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WEEKDAY MATINEES

ACCESSIBILITY DATES

All performances are open captioned. All post show discussions in February are ASL interpreted.

 
 

ARTISTS

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Nephelie Andonyadis

Set Designer

Brittany Shemuga

Lighting Designer

Michelle Elwyn

Properties Designer

Laurel VanLandingham

Stage Manager

Danielle Preston

Costume Designer

Roc Lee

Sound Designer

Zach Campion

Dialect Coach

Salma S. Zohdi

Dramaturg

 

DISCUSSIONS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND | 3:00 PM

The Sacred and the Profane: A Feminist Perspective

Moderated by Laley Lippard, Manager of Partnerships and Public Programming with panelist Aly Oseth, Community Resource Manager at Lotus Blooms and co-organizer of SmutSlam DC and Mohini Malhotra, development economist, organizational facilitator, and founder and CEO of Shakti, a social art venture to better women's and girls' lives globally.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH | 8:00 PM

Immigration Then & Now: Narrative and Policy

Implications  

Moderated by Michael Feldman, Co-facilitator of the Theater and Policy Salon with panelist Rochelle A Davis, Associate Professor, Director; Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and Victoria Sams, Lebanese American Program Officer in the Division of Education at National Endowment for the Humanities.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH | 3:00 PM

The Pilgrimage: Hajj and The Journey

Moderated by Stephen Stern, Mosaic Theater Founding Board Chair, Public Programming with panelist Helen Zughaib, Artist, Activist, and Former US Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State, to Palestine.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH | 3:00 PM

Islam and the West: Personal and Political Perspectives Moderated by Stephen Stern, Mosaic Theater Founding Board Chair, Public Programming with panelist Khaled Elgindy Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Melvin Hardy, of the Millennium Arts Salon, Center for Contemporary Art, PeaceAction, and Mayors for Peace.. 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH | 11:00 AM

Cast Talk Back

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH | 8:00 PM

The Baggage We Carry: Unpacking Our History

Moderated by Salma S. Zohdi, Production Dramaturg 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH | 3:00 PM

Open Forum: Reflecting on PILGRIMS and the Voices Festival Facilitated by Ari Roth, Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16TH | 8:00 PM

Egypt in Mind and Memory: Liberation Stories

Moderated by Ari Roth, Mosaic Founding Artistic Director with panelist Lobna Ismail, President of Connecting Cultures and Dina Soltan, Egyptian actor and activist

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19TH | 3:00 PM

The Plays of Yussef El Guindi 

Moderated by Ari Roth, Mosaic Founding Artistic Director with panelists Salma Zohdi, Production Dramaturg and Shirley Serotsky, Production Director

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 | 11:00 AM

Cast Talk Back

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 | 8:00 PM

Observance and Assimilation: Third Culture

Communities & Keeping the Faith

Moderated by Nizar Farsakh, Chair of the Board of The Museum of the Palestinian People with panelist Rawan Odeh, Managing Director, New Story Leadership for the Middle East.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH | 3:00 PM

Intercultural & Interracial Relationship

Moderated by Aria Velz, Mosaic Manager of Institutional Giving with panelist KJ Moran, DC playwright and educator.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26TH | 3:00 PM

Arriving on a New Shore: Defining Home

Moderated by Laley Lippard with panelist Amgad Naguib, Egyptian-American immigrant and Global Communications Counselor & Strategist and Raghad Makhlouf, exiled Syrian actress & educator. 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH | 8:00 PM

Intersectional Identity: Examining Power and Privilege 

Moderated by Drew Keaveny, Mosaic Artistic Resident Fellow with panelist Sheldon Scott, Director of Culture at Eaton Workshop. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST | 3:00 PM

Shifting Female Identities in the West and the Middle East

Moderated by Andrea Barron, Advocacy Program Manager at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition with panelists Hurunnessa Fariad, Afghan immigrant and Head of Outreach & Interfaith at the ADAMS Mosque; Shaista Ahmed, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization that brings Muslim and Jewish women together for dialogue; and Sahar Khamis, Ph.D., an Egyptian-American Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, an Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies, an expert on Arab and Muslim media, a media commentator, and a radio host.

 

GALLERY

 
BOX OFFICE

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

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 HOURS

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.