HOW HOPE HAPPENS
Past as Prologue/Plays in Dialogue

Photo by Richard Anderson—Courtesy of Baltimore Center Stage

Marie and Rosetta 

By George Brant | Directed by Sandra L. Holloway
Featuring Ayana Reed and Roz White (as Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
August 22-September 30, 2018

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.    

 

"It is so rare for a play about the inner lives of black women to center on their intimacy and not world politics or degradation that the very [existence] of George Brant’s loving two-character script is refreshing." - The New Yorker

“When it sings, it really swings!” - The New York Times

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The Agitators

By Mat Smart | Directed by KenYatta Rogers
Featuring Ro Boddie and Marni Penning
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
October 24-November 25, 2018
This brilliant play examines the 45-year friendship and occasional rivalry between two great, rebellious, and flawed American icons: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship - from its beginning in Rochester, through a Civil War and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. A loving and faithful portrait of two historical figures, Mat Smart’s story also brims with modern urgency and relevance.  

 

“A brilliant success in illuminating the rights of American citizenship —not to be missed. The Agitators faithfully demonstrates the demarcation line of wills that brought these two forces of nature together, when race and gender issues, equality and voting rights, were being forged in the wake of slavery and the Civil War.”-Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

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Oh, God

By Anat Gov | Directed by Michael Bloom 
Featuring Mitchell Hébert (as God) and Kimberly Schraf
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
December 12, 2018–January 13, 2019

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.

"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

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Shame 2.0 (With Comments From The Populace)

A Workshop Production

Adapted by Ari Roth from the original play by Einat Weizman and Morad Hassan
Directed by John Vreeke

Featuring Colleen Delany, Morad Hassan and Lynette Rathnam
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
January 30–February 17, 2019

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, facing obstacles from a crusading Cultural Minister who has come to Washington to disrupt their testimony. It is a gripping snapshot of now, written in realtime.

“Succeeds in creating a shared space where Jewish Israeli and Palestinian citizens and theatre spectators can pay attention profoundly to what’s happening in their society and are probed to give attention to address issues that are often suppressed.” – Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East

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Native Son

By Nambi E. Kelley | Directed by Psalmayene 24
Adapted from the novel by Richard Wright
Featuring Clayton Pelham Jr. (as Bigger Thomas) with Lolita Marie, 
Melissa Flaim, Drew Kopas, Vaughn Midder, Tendo Nsuguba,
Madeline Joey Rose, Stephen Schmidt, and Renee Elizabeth Wilson
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre 
March 27-April 28, 2019  
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 response piece to the controversies surrounding Native Son over the decades as part of Mosaic's 2018-2019 reading series, under the working title "Notes on Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son"  
"A bold new tone... distills Wright's novel into 90 intermission-less minutes that are all action. It appreciates Wright's book for its intensity, refusing to slow down." - Hartford Courant 
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Les Deux Noirs:
Notes on Notes of a Native Son

By Psalmayene 24
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
April 7–27, 2019
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, a contemporary reimagining of the actual meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin.
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Sooner/Later

By Allyson Currin | Directed by Gregg Henry
Featuring Erica Chamblee, Cristina M. Ibarra, and Tony Nam
Part of Locally Grown Mosaic
Inaugural offering of the Trish Vradenburg New Play Commission
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre
May 15-June 16, 2019

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, each character must face the complications that always arise in the search for intimacy and the uncertainties of fate. This captivating DC premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, parenting, grief, and renewal 

while exploring the pains and pleasures of all four.

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Twisted Melodies

Written and Performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr. 
Directed by Derrick Sanders 
A Co-Production with Baltimore Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Company
In Association with The Apollo Theatre
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
June 19–July 21, 2019

This powerful one-man show, based on the life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, imagines the troubled, brilliant musician's last day on Earth in an immersive, unforgettable play about Hathaway's compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston, Jr. 

"Roston is totally convincing as Hathaway"—Chicago Tribune 

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Season 4 Reading Series

EAST OF THE RIVER
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Star Johnson | Directed by Jennifer L Nelson
in Partnership with Anacostia Musical Theatre Lab
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7 PM

Set in the historic community of Anacostia, a group of residents respond to a proposed revitalization project that will bring a new Whole Foods to Ward 8, threatening to gentrify the neighborhood. Community staples like Bread for the City and others will be torn down. At the center of the action is Alvin.  A young DC native,  Alvin has just returned to his old neighborhood with an urban planning degree and a charge to sell the community on this idea. Over the two days, residents voice their varying opinions on the proposal, while confronting their own ever-changing relationships. The story poses the question, how does a community retain its dignity in the face of inevitable change?

Developed in partnership with the Anacostia Musical Theatre Lab and sponsored by ARCH Development. Interviews were conducted to create an original musical about the rapid changes befalling Anacostia, along with other transitioning neighborhood across DC, and challenging the historic character and soul of our teeming city.

A MOVING PICTURE
By Jennie Berman Eng | Directed by Kate Bryer
 

Monday, November 19 at 7 PM
Shunned A-List Screenwriter Solzberg is slumming it, teaching a class about Genocide On Film for screenwriting students at NYU.  When his student Ivy writes a novel screenplay about women in a Mercedes Benz labor camp, Solzberg recognizes an opportunity to change Hollywood and right his own wrongs. Presented in collaboration with Spooky Action Theatre.
THE SCREAM AND THE SILENCE
By Motti Lerner | Directed by Derek Goldman

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7 PM
A literary/political drama that takes place in the weeks after the tantalizing possibilities and ultimate failure of the 2000 Camp David summit. Nathan Donino, a Moroccan Israeli writer, invites two Palestinian colleagues to create a public discourse that will showcase the possibilities of reconciliation. As the three embark on a moral journey to change the consciousness of their readers, they are no match against the cynical manipulations of their respective political leaders, Barak and Arafat, who make periodic visits into Nathan’s fevered, fractured mind.
THE SHOOTING GALLERY
By Aaron Davidman | Directed by Michael John Garcés

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM
A cop in Los Angeles. A surgeon in Atlanta. A social worker in Chicago. A hunter in Tennessee. A legislator in Florida. A Concealed Cary instructor in Texas. A teenage protester in Washington. A veteran of the U.S. Army. And a carnival baker at the state fair. These are some of the characters in Aaron Davidman's searing and heartfelt world premiere performance piece about one of the most divisive issues in America today. The creator of Wrestling Jerusalem has traveled the country to chronicle our nation's love affair with guns and the brutal consequences that lay in its wake.

Mosaic on the Move

A bold initiative to bring 
presentations of Mosaic productions to students,
artists, and the entire DC community

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