MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL 2015–2016 SEASON: THE CASE FOR HOPE IN A POLARIZED WORLD
Resurgence of acclaimed Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival at core of eight intercultural productions (Washington, D.C.) A potent new voice and wellspring of intercultural art will emerge this fall with the launch of Mosaic Theater Company of DC’s inaugural season. The theater’s eight productions — including a host of programs, readings in conjunction with the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and limited runs at Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theater, alongside a half-dozen offerings at Mosaic’s flagship Atlas Performing Arts Center home — expand on its renowned Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival to take audiences beyond the frontlines of conflict zones to make the case for hope in a fractious world.
True to its mission to produce inclusive, provocative, transformational and socially relevant works, Mosaic Theater asks: How do we respond to the most vexing dilemmas and debates of our moment? There are no easy answers to the challenges experienced by young black men in our cities, to the polarization of parties in the Middle East Conflict, or to the persistence of genocide in our time. Mosaic Theater’s inaugural 2015-16 season will contribute to broader civic conversations — in Washington and nationwide, within and across faith communities — through our artists’ vigorous, uncensored storytelling and our candid, robustly-curated panels, Peace Cafés, and other innovative discussion formats. “The plays this inaugural season bespeak an urgency,” says Founding Artistic Director Ari Roth. “They point to wounds in our society that the theater is uniquely able to address. As a social medium, theater brings people together to grapple with difficult subjects, but in so doing — in experiencing a common reckoning — we point to the possibility of reconciliation not through tragedy, but through catharsis.
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