The first season planned by new artistic director Reginald L. Douglas brings a highly anticipated anthology, The Till trilogy, to the stage, as well as works by acclaimed local, national and international artists.
WASHINGTON – Mosaic Theater Company of DC is proud to announce its compelling 2022/23 season, the first season selected and planned by Mosaic’s new Artistic Director, Reginald L. Douglas. Inspirational programming aims to spark conversation across DC with a series of productions and special events that engage artists and community members around issues of the moment.
“At Mosaic, we believe that theater at its best can be a catalyst for conversation and community building, and this season carries that vision wonderfully,” Douglas said. “It is an honor for me to build on the foundations of Mosaic to produce theater that bridges cultures with this season of new works at all stages of development – from new play readings to world and world premiere productions. – all created by a diverse group of daring theater makers. This next chapter for Mosaic Theater centers our core values of artistic excellence, empathy on and off stage, and joy, and celebrates theater’s unique ability to bringing people together in conversation and collaboration.We look forward to welcoming the public to take part in this inspiring new journey with us.
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The Till Trilogy by Ifa Bayeza
(October 7 – November 20, 2022)
The season opens in the fall with The Till Trilogy, a series of plays by acclaimed playwright Ifa Bayeza that reflects the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till, whose murder in 1955 remains one of the most defining moments in American history. Under the direction of the famous Talvin Wilks, the three plays — The Ballad of Emmett Till, Benevolence, and the world premiere of This summer in Sumner– will feature 10 actors performing for the first time in a rotating repertoire. Filled with music, poetry and imagination, this rare theatrical event will honor the ongoing struggle for racial justice in our country and provide audiences of all ages with an opportunity for collective awareness, reflection and response.
“A key theme of The Till Trilogy It was how the spirit and courage of this boy, his mother and his family galvanized people around the world into what would become one of the greatest human and civil rights movements in the world. history,” Bayeza said. “Today, as our nation stands on the edge of a precipice with growing forces determined to set us back, overthrow us and shatter our spirits, the Mosaic Theater production is even more inspiring and important.”
In addition, Mosaic will lead a pioneering series of city-wide events on the themes of coins in The Till Trilogy Reflection Series. Produced in partnership with more than 20 cultural organizations, this series of concerts, readings, panels and symposia will provide DMV audiences in every neighborhood and beyond with opportunities to creatively engage with current justice themes. and parts activism. Partner organizations include ACLU; arena scene; Atlas Center for the Performing Arts; Busboys & Poets; DC Public Library; Folger Shakespeare Library; Eaton DC; Ford’s Theatre; Gallaudet University; Georgetown University; Howard University; Library of Congress; Olney Theater Center; Round House Theatre; Shakespeare Theater Company; Signature Theatre; Theatrical Alliance; THEARC Theatre; J Theater and Edlavitch Jewish Community Center; Washington Theatre; Washington National Opera; Washington Performing Arts; Woolly Mammoth Theater Company; and more to come.
The Till Trilogy is made possible by the extraordinary support of the Roy Cockrum Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the CrossCurrents Foundation, and welcomes Bryan Joseph Lee and CNTR Arts as a new strategic advisory and Mosaic community engagement.
Bars and measures
by Idris Goodwin
(February 1 to 26, 2023)
The season continues with the directorial debut of new Mosaic Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas – the acclaimed play with music by Idris Goodwin, Bars and measures. Eric, classical pianist, and Bilal, jazz musician, are blood brothers, united by the love of music but separated by prison bars. When Bilal’s trial reveals hidden secrets and unexpected truths, the young men are forced to wonder if their love and music can withstand betrayal. Inspired by real facts, Bars and measures reflects on faith, family and politics with equal imagination and intensity and will feature an original jazz score commissioned especially for the production.
by Mona Mansour
(March 29 – April 23, 2023)
Award-winning playwright Mona Mansour returns to the Mosaic Theater with her heartfelt and suspenseful new work – Invisible. The play follows what happens when American war photographer Mia wakes up in her ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Istanbul and can’t remember how she got there, although the contents of her camera may. . A cross-cultural, time-shifting journey ensues as Mia piece together details of her past and grapples with the costs of her profession. Invisible welcomes Mansour back to DC, following the writer’s acclaimed 2018 Mosaic production The Wandering Trilogywhich will premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater this spring.
Catalyst Series of New Play Development
A testament to Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas’ longstanding commitment to new coin development, the Catalyst Series will link all of Mosaic’s new work activities, including the launch of Mosaic’s first-ever New Coin Festival in January. 2023. Throughout the year, the company will also produce two workshop productions; offering playwriting workshops for youth and seniors and a playwriting contest for high school students; host a series of live and digital symposia on pressing issues of today; residencies for local and national playwrights in national incubators for new plays; and collaborating with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy to establish an innovative intercultural artist-in-residence program.
by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson
Production workshop for new musicals in development
Produced in partnership with the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago
December 9 – 18, 2022
Inspired by the thousands of slaves in the United States who sought freedom in Mexico, rather than looking north, Mexodus uses live loop and hip hop to explore an unsung chapter of the Underground Railroad and celebrate black and brown bodies uniting against oppression.
Inaugural Catalyst New Play Festival
Join Mosaic for public presentations of three works in progress by local and national writers intentionally interpreted by local talent, enabling unique collaborations between artists and DC and national audiences. Featuring readings, playwriting workshops and panels with award-winning artists, the inaugural Catalyst New Play Festival will take place at venues across Washington D.C. and ushers in a new chapter in Mosaic’s commitment to connecting DMV audiences from all neighborhoods with exciting new works. at all stages of development.
Murdered men bleed and drip
by Jennifer Barclay and Hannah Khalil
Production workshop for a new part in development
Produced in partnership with DC’s Solas Nua and Dublin-based Fishamble
April 28 – May 7, 2023
Inspired by the enforced distancing of the pandemic, this imaginative new play by Irish-American playwright Jennifer Barclay and Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil affirms the strength of women of all nationalities and the universal need for connection. Written by artists living on the other side of the world, Murdered men bleed and drip spans continents and media, with the action of the play taking place simultaneously in two countries in a global live performance and digital theater event specially designed for this moment.
Murdered Men Do Bleed and Drip is made possible through support from Mosaic’s Trish Vradenburg New Play Commission program.
The H Street Oral History Project
A celebration of the H Street NE residential area of Mosaic, the H Street Oral History Project ignites Mosaic’s mission to use theater as a tool for community building. Under the visionary direction of playwright-in-residence Andrew W. Mellon of Mosaic, Psalmayene 24, local black playwrights Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Gethsemane Herron-Coward and JJ Johnson will interview past and present residents of H Street about life in this neighborhood changing history, and working with playwright Jordan Ealey to create original plays inspired by their conversations. These interviews will then be archived at the DC Public Library, allowing the stories of our community to be forever embedded into the canon of our city’s culture.
Additional production will complete the season in spring 2023 and will be announced later.
For more information on the season and to purchase subscriptions, go here.
ABOUT DC’S MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY
Mosaic Theater Company of DC produces bold, culturally diverse theater that illuminates critical issues, elevates new voices, and connects communities across our region and beyond.
Under new Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas and General Manager Serge Seiden, Mosaic produces pieces that spark conversations and connections among the diverse communities of the DC metro area and sees itself as a neighbor and partner to those communities. communities. By sharing stories that are both entertaining and enlightening, Mosaic uses art to create empathy between diverse people united by the magic of theater and hopes to build community by reflecting the people and many cultures that inhabit DC. mosaictheater.org