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THEORY

By Norman Yeung 
Directed by Victoria Murray Baatin 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Featuring Josh Adams, Musa Gurnis, Benairen Kane, Camilo Linares,
Tony K. Nam, Andrea Harris Smith, and Tyasia Velines
October 23–November 17, 2019
All dates are subject to change

ABOUT

Isabelle, a young tenure-track professor, tests the limits of free speech by encouraging her students to contribute to an unmoderated discussion group, even as her wife, Lee, advises caution. When an anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos, Isabelle must decide whether to intervene or to let the social experiment play out. Soon, the posts turn abusive and threatening, leading Isabelle and her unknown tormentor to engage in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that not only have Isabelle questioning her beliefs, but fearing for her life. (Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission. This production contains strong language plus sexual/violent videos.)

Lead Underwriters: Deborah Carliner & Robert Remes. Additional support from The Embassy of Canada

The writing of Theory was generously supported by grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. Theory was workshopped and developed by Tarragon Theatre, Richard Rose Artistic Director, and was directed by Esther Jun in the premiere production at Tarragon in October 2018.

 
 

DATES

WEEKDAY MATINEES

ACCESSIBILITY DATES

PAY WHAT YOU CAN

First Preview: Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 PM

All subsequent preview performances will have 20 PWYC tickets available for purchase at the door only. If you plan on purchasing PWYC tickets at the door, be sure to call the box office ahead of time for availability. The Box Office phone number is 202-399-7993 ext 2

 

ARTISTS

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Daniel Ettinger +

Set Designer

Dylan Uremovich

Projections Designer

April E. Carter*

Stage Manager

Brittany Shemuga

Lighting Designer

Willow Watson

Properties Designer

Laurel VanLandingham*

Take Over PSM

Danielle Preston +

Costume Designer

April Sizemore-Barber

Dramaturg

David Lamont Wilson

Sound Designer

Ashara Crutchfield

Assistant Director

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

+ Indicates a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA829 of the IATSE.

 
 

DISCUSSIONS

8PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Creative Team Talkback: A Conversation with the Dramaturg 

April Sizemore-Barber Production Dramaturg

Ashara Crutchfield Theory Assistant Director

Ari Roth Founding Artistic Director

3PM SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Creative Team Talkback: A Conversation with the Playwright and Director

Norman Yeung Theory Playwright

Victoria Murray Baatin Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company, Theory Director

Ari Roth Founding Artistic Director

 

8PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

Public vs Private Discourse: The Sh!t We Say at Home

Charles Lewis Professor and Executive Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop, The American University School of Communication

Ari Roth Founding Artistic Director

 

3PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Teachable Moments: (Im)Possibility of Objectivity

April Sizemore-Barber Production Dramaturg

3PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Unplugging: You Can’t Turn the Internet Off . . . Can You?

Jane Hall Professor in journalism and media studies at American University, specializing in media and politics, the depiction of women in media and politics, media ethics, and popular culture.

Emma Llansó Director of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) Free Expression Project

Drew Keavany Artistic Resident Fellow, Mosaic Theater Company

11AM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Cast Talkback

Victoria Murray Baatin Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company, Theory Director

8PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Juggling Intersectional Privilege

Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe Dramaturg, Theatre Arts Educator

Mel Hardy Mosaic Theater Board Member, Millennium Arts Salon

Aria Velz Manager of Institutional Giving, Mosaic Theater Company

3PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Intersectionality, Diversity, and Power Structures in the Classroom

Jodi Kanter Author, Presidential Libraries as Performance, Associate Professor of Theatre at GWU

Joseph Levin-Manning Graduate student at Georgetown University studying Human Resource Management; currently interning at CareFirst

Jacquelyn Bsharah, Phd. Faculty, Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies; credentialed by the renowned International Coaching Federation for executive coaching

Pam Pinnock Mosaic Theater Board Member

3PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

White Savior Complex

Anita Levy, Ph.D. Senior Program Officer, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, American Association of University Professors

Whitney Parnell CEO & Co-Founder, Service Never Sleeps

Sherri Williams Assistant Professor, School of Communications, American University

Lisa Richards Toney Mosaic Board Member and Arts Consultant 

11AM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Cast Talkback

Victoria Murray Baatin Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company, Theory Director

3PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Hindsight is 2020: Evolution of Sensibility and Taste in Film 

Erik Dussere Associate Professor of Literature at American University, focused on the literature, film, and culture of twentieth-century America

Jeffrey Middents Associate Professor of Literature at American University, studies and teaches film and world literature

Glenn Allen Executive Director, DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival

Stephen Stern Mosaic Board Member

Open captioned performance with ASL interpreted post show discussions

GALLERY

PRODUCTION STILLS

FIRST REHEARSAL

 
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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.