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Round Up of Inaugural Launch Events: Six Weeks of Paving The Way


From the H Street Festival, September 19, 2015


"Unexplored Interior" cast members, Bill Grimmette and Baakari Wilder perform Story & Tap Together!

Ari's Speech:

It's great to be here on behalf of my mosaic theater partners: We've got a question: Answer in 10 words or less - What is a mosaic?

10 Words: "A little bit of this, a little bit of that."

5 words: "An assemblage of broken pieces."

Splintered pieces, shards of life; that's what we are; all up and down this block; parts of a whole; We need each other to complete a grand design.

Our city is a mosaic in motion – unfinished – unfolding.

What kind of city are we going to be?

We are here to keep completing our gorgeous mosaic. Our theater is here to tell all our stories: Local – global – coast to coast. Every city is its own mosaic, and our country is an assemblage of it own.

Our company is thrilled to here on H Street - at The Atlas and represented at this gorgeous festival; this Mosaic of humanity.

Please visit our table -- sign up to be in contact; sign up for free tickets.

Today we have an original performance from two cast members of our season opener, Bill Grimmette and Baakari Wilder. Baakari has appeared on Broadway in the Hip-Hop Tap Musical "Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk" – and Bill Grimittee has appeared on every major stage in this region – from Baltimore's center stage to dc's arena stage, and then some. Gather close. For something special. Story & Tap Together!

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Ari:

A thought piece about Why We're Doing This; Why Gathering To Make Something New:

We're here for a larger reason

Beyond supporting a start-up; beyond the excitement of a new venture; or even beyond the laudable care we have for each other; that we're here to root on a friend's dream and success...

We have all been a part of other theater companies before. Were they great?

Were they ours?

Were they everything we hoped they could be?

Were we everything we thought we could within the frameworks of the places we called home?

We are Building A New Home. Nestled in a place called Atlas.

Atlas was one of the Titans, punished for his part in their revolt against Zeus by being made to support the heavens. He became identified with the Atlas Mountains

This Atlas, founded with Herculian effort, by a modestly sized woman with mountainous strength nonetheless, Jane Lang. A place that has changed this neighborhood -- been embraced by this neighborhood and more and more and more, by this city. By our mosaic.

Like Jane, compelled to come to Northeast 10 years ago, and actually move here, after much travail, this summer… We are here to be a part of history.

We are here to make history. To shape destiny.

To have an impact upon this city and -- because this is a capitol city -- upon our nation.

To infuse and marry our values upon the history and manifest destiny of a grandly challenged capital. To bring light to our city on a hill.

To fulfill its potential -- and in so doing, fulfill our own

To realize our collective dreams. And some individual dreams that have been illusive, or in some cases suppressed.


We join with Jane to lift the Atlas Mountains to new heights. Inspired by a papal visit, and a Mosaic birth. Let us make new history together.

From today's NY Times

In a Void Created by Religious Violence, Pope Francis Shares Prayers for Peace

Pope Francis stood flanked by an imam in a skullcap and a rabbi in a prayer shawl on what amounts to hallowed ground: an underground chamber where the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center are memorialized. Standing before a steel beam salvaged from the rubble, in a place still haunted by violence committed in the name of Islamic extremism, Francis on Friday called on the hundreds of leaders from the world’s religions who surrounded him to be a “force for reconciliation.”

“For all our differences and disagreements, we can live in a world of peace,” he said at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. “In opposing every attempt to create a rigid uniformity, we can and must build unity on the basis of our diversity of languages, cultures and religion, and lift our voices against everything which would stand in the way of such unity.”

Which might apply how we try to address the issues of multiple points of view within a single work or multiple works… The epic play AND the multi-focal VOICES Festival approach… with its emphasis on dialogue -- both on stage and after the performance amongst the audience.

The Pope and the Mosaic Theater Moniker

(Pope Francis Speaking before Congress, Making "The Case For Hope in a Polarized World")

"The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of POLARIZATION which would divide it into these two camps. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place... Our response must instead be one of HOPE and healing, of peace and justice.

We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises.… Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good."


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Lou and Nancy Goodman brunch (October 4, 2015)

Take a look at our brochure -- a mural with our ambitious season unfolding on H Street...


You'll see a Global/Local Story of our Nation as it wrestles with the question of race, identity, and injustice within the clamor and excitement of a part of our city in thrilling, dramatic transition. There is a joyful noise in what's unfolding -- a sense of possibility and drama… The drama is not only, "if we build it, will people come?" But -- "If we build it, can we change this city? Can we change the Bethesda's relationship to the city?

Joy and urgency

Remembrance and celebration

"Why are we opening our inaugural season with a new play about genocide in Africa?

Here's a new answer!

Because Mosaic is an identity-driven theater, made up of artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds, fused by our connection to traumatic history. As African-Americans, Jews, Catholics, South Asian, we have all been ravaged by loss; disfigured by violence. The persistence of genocide in our time forces us to summon Holocaust history and understand how atrocities still live in our moment; how African American identity is heightened by an identification with the under-toldstory of African pain. Conjoining these consciousnesses makes for a kinetic fusion, and that's what we have with this inaugural production. A joyfully animated ensemble brings a story of urgency to a new DC stage. That's both cause for celebration, and commemoration.."

We have artists today from our season opening show. Bill Grimmette, JaBen Early (mention H Street and Busboys events)

We have a great artist from our second show (Diedra) -- a show as pertinent locally as it is nationally -- another play asking us to contemplate meaningful purpose for our lives in a violent world.

And finally, to acknowledge the international think tank power in the room -- the friends from AU -- and the fellow travelers on our Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.

The regional, local, national and specifically Middle East engagement in a process of peace and justice building, truth and reconciliation process are the pillars upon which our theater is built.

Nancy and Lou represent a marriage of disciplines that bespeaks the Mosaic fusion -- a psychoanalytic approach to international conflict analysis and resolution. What Fabulous and supportive friends they are. What an amazing marriage that brings character, warmth and breadth to our theater -- to know how generous this family has been.

And to connect us to their friends. Their community. We entreat you to be a part of ours. Join us. Venture with us. Brave with us.


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