By Jay O. Sanders
Directed by Derek Goldman
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
October 29-November 29, 2015
Mosaic Theater Company launches its inaugural season with a world-premiere epic about the madness and majesty of Rwanda. Raymond, a young film student at NYU, is compelled to return to Rwanda to uncover the roots of violence that transformed his country and obliterated his family, including his beloved grandfather, a master storyteller whose legacy Raymond seeks to redeem. “A kaleidoscopic new play of epic dimensions,” (Washington Post), this assiduously researched, highly theatrical tapestry takes us on a personal journey of discovery as Raymond keeps alive the stories of his country, as a Hutu government minister falls in love with a Tutsi woman, and the head of UN peacekeepers — propelled by the ghost of Mark Twain and haunted by those he was unable to save — struggles with his own will to live. Staged by Derek Goldman (Our Class, In Darfur), this production takes place in the 260-seat Lang Theatre.
Run time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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Meet the Artists
Jay O. Sanders (Playwright)
Jay O. Sanders has spent the last 40 years as an actor. After graduating with the first theater class of S.U.N.Y. at Purchase, he began his career at NY’s Shakespeare in the Park, then joined the resident company here in D.C. at Arena Stage under Zelda Fichandler. Moving regularly between film, tv, and voice work, Sanders’ central passion has always been the theater. He has played many of the great roles in Shakespeare and other classics and has devoted much of his time to birthing new American plays. He is an original cast member of Richard Nelson’s Apple Family series, created over the course of four years at the Public Theater, filmed for WNET in 2013, and recently toured Europe. Sanders has also travelled extensively with Bryan Doerries’ Theater of War, taking Greek tragedy into U.S. military communities, as a tool for promoting healing dialogue about PTSD. His feature films include The Day After Tomorrow, Half Nelson, JFK, Edge of Darkness, Tumbleweeds, Glory, and Angels in the Outfield. On television, he recently appeared as tv evangelist Billy Lee Tuttle on the first season of HBO’s cult hit True Detective and had recurring roles on Person of Interest, American Odyssey, and this year’s Blindspot. Sanders’ voice can be heard narrating a long list of documentaries for PBS and National Geographic. On May 11, 2014, Unexplored Interior was performed as a special concert reading to mark the 20-year Commemoration streamed live as a Google+ Hangout-on-Air from NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage to an audience of survivors and students at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda with people watching online in ten other countries across the world. Sanders is deeply honored that his play’s premiere, under Derek Goldman’s direction, of is the inaugural production of Ari Roth’s exciting new Mosaic Theater Company.
Derek Goldman (Director)
Derek Goldman is honored to be directing the inaugural production for Mosaic Theater. He is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center, and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, where, with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, he is co-founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. His engagement in this area has taken him and his work in recent years to the Sudan, China, Poland, Peru, Bulgaria, Armenia, Canada, South Africa, and throughout the UK, and into collaborations with artists from Iraq, Pakistan, Belarus, Israel, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Congo, India, Serbia, among other places. He is an award-winning director and playwright/adapter, producer, developer of new work and published scholar, whose work has been seen around the country and internationally, off-Broadway, and at major regional theaters including Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, Folger, CenterStage, Round House, Segal Center (Montreal), Everyman Theatre, Synetic, and many others. He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French, and has directed more than 80 productions. Recent highlights include Grounded for Everyman and Olney; Our Class (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Resident Play) and In Darfur (with Erika Rose, Helen Hayes Award for Lead Actress) at Theater J; his Helen-Hayes Award nominated adaptation of Three Men in a Boat for Synetic; developing and directing the World Premiere of Theodore Bikel's Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears which had an extended run Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination) and toured internationally; acclaimed productions of The Brothers Size, The Dresser, Stones in His Pockets, Kafka's Metamorphosis, Blackbird, The Glass Menagerie, As You Like It, Eurydice, Clementine in the Lower 9, bobrauschenbergamerica, Lysistrata, and world premieres such as Young Robin Hood; Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, and many more. He is also Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning professional theatre founded in Chicago in 1993 and now based in Chapel Hill, NC. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Current/upcoming projects include co-writer (with Clark Young) and director of My Report to the World, a new play about Jan Karski, featuring David Strathairn, which was performed in Warsaw and was in residence for 7 sold-out performances this July at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC and at the Harman Center in conjunction with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; his World Premiere adaptation of David Grossman's celebrated novel Falling Out of Time for Theater J; and A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman.