An Area & World Premiere
From the Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony-nominated playwright of Other Desert Cities comes a Trump-inspired satire about an Iranian tailor, Anselm, struggling to make a custom suit for an unlikely customer—a real-estate tycoon preparing for the final presidential debate. Originally produced to acclaim during the 2016 election at the Mark Taper Forum, this updated version features a world-premiere epilogue set 12 years into the future, reckoning with the devastation wrought by a reckless administration.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-7993 ext 2
Box Office Hours
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.
Wed November 15 at 8PM | Open captions
Thurs November 16 at 8PM | Cast talkback
Fri November 17 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sat November 18 at 3PM | Peace café
Sat November 18 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sun November 19 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sun November 19 at 7:30PM
Mon November 20 at 8PM
Tues November 21 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Fri November 24 at 8PM
Sat November 25 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat November 25 at 8PM
Sun November 26 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sun November 26 at 7:30PM | Post show discussion
Wed November 29 at 8 PM | Post show discussion
Thurs November 30 at 8 PM
Post-Show Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff, California,
Top Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee
Friday December 1 at 8 PM | Post show discussion
Saturday December 2 at 3 PM | Post show discussion
Saturday December 2 at 8 PM | Post show discussion
Sunday December 3 at 3 PM
For a Full List of Post-Show Discussions, CLICK HERE
Meet the Artists
Jon Robin Baitz’s (Playwright) is an American playwright, screenwriter, television producer, and occasional actor. His plays include Other Desert Cities, The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, a new version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler which was produced on Broadway in 2001, and The Paris Letter. He is the creator of the hit ABC TV show Brothers & Sisters, which he also executive produced for the first two seasons. His PBS film version of Three Hotels won a Humanitas Award. Other screenplays include The Substance of Fire based on his play, People I Know, which starred Al Pacino, and Stonewall. He has also written episodes of West Wing and Alias. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Guggenheim and NEA fellow, an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner, and a founding member and former co-artistic director of New York’s Naked Angels theatre company. He is the former chair of the play writing division of The New School for Drama in New York, where he taught for seven years. He is currently writing and executive producing Season 2 of FX’s Feud (Diana Vs Charles) with Ryan Murphy and ex-Washington Post and NY Times journalist Ned Martel. His next play, Another City, Not My Own, based on Dominick Dunne’s book, will be produced by the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. and The Second Stage, on Broadway sometime soonish. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, graphic novel publisher Leon Avelino, a dog named Pencil, and a cat named Lah-La. He is determined to learn the fundamentals of boxing before he turns eighty-two.
Robert Egan (Director) has served as the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference since 2002. He is also the Founder and President of RHEgan Productions, LLC where he conceives, writes, produces and directs major live events and media projects celebrating non-profits like Cure Autism Now, Operation Smile, LA Team Mentoring, Global Green USA and Homeboy Industries. In 2012 he was named the Artistic Director/Producer of Wattsmedia, Inc., one for the nation's leading companies in strategizing and creating live events and media for corporations and non-profits across the country. Before OPC, Robert served as the Producing Artistic Director for twenty years at the Mark Taper Forum where he was Director of New Play Development and the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of its prestigious New Work Festival. He was also the Associate Artistic Director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Robert has produced, directed, and dramaturged over 350 new plays in the United States and Europe.
John de Lancie (Seaman) has appeared in many films including, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Reign on Me, and has appeared in numerous television shows including; Torchwood, Breaking Bad, CSI, The Unit, West Wing, Sports Night, Judging Amy, The Closer, Star Trek, Legend, LA Law, Picket Fences, Civil Wars, The Practice, and Touched by an Angel. He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Company, The Seattle Repertory Company, The South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum and the Old Globe where he performed Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues. His favorite performances include: Man and Superman, The Common Pursuit, Childe Byron, Art, and the world premieres of Richard Greenburg’s The Naked Lady on the Appian Way, Alan Alda’s Radiance and Rajiv Joseph’s Mr. Wolf. He has just finished producing a documentary on the wonderful phenomenon of Bronies. De Lancie is a graduate of Kent State University and The Juilliard School. When time permits, is an avid sailor. He recently completed a voyage of the South Pacific in this own boat.
Brian George (Anselm) is an Israeli-born British-Canadian TV, film and voice actor. George is known for playing Pakistani restaurateur Babu Bhatt on Seinfeld and the gynecologist father of Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. His other credits include Theater: Second City (Toronto); Awake and Sing (TAP); A Perfect
Wedding (CTG); Stuff Happens (CTG); Yes, Prime MInister (Geffen); Vicuña (CTG). Television: Seinfeld; Star Trek DS9; Star Trek Voyager; Grey’s Anatomy; Elementary; Once Upon a Time (Wonderland); Prison Break; The Comeback; The Expanse; The New Girl; The Big Bang Theory: and The Orville.
Laura C. Harris (Srilanka) is pleased to be performing with Mosaic Theater Company for the first time. Previous DC credits include Cloud 9, Red Speedo, Bachelorette, and Time Stands Still at Studio Theatre; The Flick and Tender Napalm at Signature Theatre; NSFW, Seminar, Amadeus, Young Robin Hood, and 26 Miles at Round House Theatre; Love and Information, Passion Play, World Builders, and Amazons and Their Men with Forum Theatre; Awake and Sing! at Olney Theatre Center; Our Class at Theatre J; and The Winter’s Tale and The School for Scandal at Folger Theatre. Laura is a graduate of Middlebury College.
Kimberly Schraf (Finch-Giibbon) has proudly worked on area stages for the past thirty-plus years. Recent productions include Death of a Salesman, The Laramie Project, Our Town, The Carpetbagger’s Children and Sabrina Fair at Ford’s Theatre; Hedda Gabler, all four of The Apple Family Plays (directed by Serge Seiden); Crestfall and Skylight at Studio Theatre; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre; The Admission, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Hannah and Martin at Theater J; Ah, Wilderness! and The Women at Arena Stage; A Prayer for Owen Meany and Our Town at Round House Theatre; Angels in America, Parts I and II and Show Boat at Signature Theatre; The Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center; and Measure for Pleasure, The Gigli Concert; Watbanaland and Freedomland at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Kim is a graduate of St. John’s College, Annapolis and co-directs the Honors Conservatory at the Theatre Lab.
Haaz Sleiman (Amir) was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the United States when he was twenty-one years old to pursue his love of acting. His break out moment came when he starred as ‘Tarek’ in the Academy nominated film The Visitor, where Haaz was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance. Haaz has continued pursuing passion by appearing in films, TV series and on the stage. Including, headlining as the title character in National Geographic’s miniseries Killing Jesus. Performing in Venice at the Public Theatre. Starring in the BAFTA nominated series The Promise, created by Peter Kominsky, and the independent features Those People directed and written by Joey Kuhn and The State by Peter Kominsky. Other credits include Nurse Jackie, Nikita, 24, Covert Affairs and the critically acclaimed play Food and Fadwa. Haaz was most recently seen in the ABC series Of Kings and Prophets, starring alongside Ray Winstone.
"the first top-drawer political play of the Trump era...That Mosaic nabbed it for its East Coast premiere is an impressive coup for this probing and increasingly important company. It’s impossible to believe that the play won’t be snatched up by other ambitious groups along the Eastern Seaboard and beyond."-Peter Marks, The Washington Post
"an invigorating crowd pleaser...the most exquisite insult speeches this side of William Shakespeare...[an] astonishingly incisive and timely play." -John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts
"Through laughter the play should energize us (for despair is indeed a luxury we can’t afford,) and if Producing Artistic Director Ari Roth has his way the show also challenges us to move our awareness into action." -Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene
"Mosaic Theater Company's Production of Vicuña and the American Epilogue is in high demand- and for good reason...I can't recommend this Trump-inspired satire highly enough...[full of] star power and resounding relevance." - Evann Normandin, Broadway World
"Mosaic Theater keeps giving us exciting and challenging pieces and this one is no different." -Maria Helena Carey, The Hill Is Home
"John de Lancie is brilliant as Kurt Seaman...Kimberly Schraf does a stunning turn...both de Lancie and Schraf are veteran actors, and it's clear that they're having a great time...the story is a parable, worth seeing and heeding. Don't miss it."- Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theater Arts