Mosaic Reading Series

2019 - 2020

See all of the Reading Series for just $45!

 

​This season we are proud to present five staged readings of new works from both established and up-and-coming artists. Single tickets are $15 or purchase a reading series package for only $45, five readings for the price of three!

ANACOSTIA FLATS
By Bob Bartlett
Part of Locally Grown Mosaic
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7pm

In 1932, a journalism student from Howard University witnesses the struggles of The Bonus Army, a group of 43,000 diverse marchers including almost 20,000 U.S. World War I veterans and their families, who demand the payment of their war bonuses. Squatting along the shores of the Anacostia River, they would fight to survive Depression-era America as well as the violent encroachment of Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, and the U.S. Army at the direction of President Herbert Hoover.

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EAST OF THE RIVER (part 2)
Book, Lyrics, and Music by Star Johnson
Part of Locally Grown Mosaic and recipient of a completion commission from the Trish Vradenburg Play Commission Initiative
 
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7pm

Set in the DC community of Anacostia, a group of residents respond to a proposed revitalization project that threatens to gentrify the neighborhood. At the center of the action is Alvin, who has just returned to his old neighborhood, with a charge to sell the community on this idea. Over the two days, residents confront their own ever-changing relationships in a musical that challenges the historic character and soul of our teeming city.

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NO DESERT ROSES
By Laila Soliman
Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival

 

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7pm

Set in Cairo at the precipice of past, present, and future, audiences are introduced to a nameless Egyptian writer and trio of other characters as they are swept through a deeply personal mosaic. Illuminating the many aspects of life in a country in the midst of revolution, No Desert Roses highlights the multidimensional nature of struggle in the crux of atrocity.

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BEREAVED
By Joshua Sobol
Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7pm

In this drama, audiences are invited to see the world through the eyes of an Israeli couple and a Palestinian couple, both having suffered the tragic loss of a child. Fashioning this story as a searing cry for compassion in a reality that appears to offer none, Sobol presents us with a world where truth, regardless of belief, may be all that stands between us and a war without end.

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I WAS THERE
By Motti Lerner
Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7pm

From the author of The Admission and After the War. Maariv newspaper describes Lerner's latest work as "a daring theatrical attempt to deal with the complex situation making it difficult for IDF soldiers to preserve their humanity, while the country's political leadership prefers to bury its head in the sand."  In the hours after an Israeli soldier is kidnapped in Gaza, an artillery reserve officer responds in accordance with military protocol. He is moved to confess to the damage he’s inflicted. The country’s institutions don’t want to hear.

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BOX OFFICE

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

boxoffice@atlasarts.org

202-399-7993 ext 2

 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.