WASHINGTON, D.C.: Mosaic Theater Company has announced updates to its fall 2020 programming as the company adjust its 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. The fall will now focus on supporting the development of new works from Ifa Bayeza, Psalmayene 24, and Roz White.
Previously, Mosaic’s sixth season was slated to begin with a world premiere of Alexandra Petri’s Inherit the Windbag, followed by the world premiere of Derek Goldman and Clark Young’s Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, and then wrap up the calendar year with The Niceties, by Eleanor Burgess. These productions may be released digitally in the coming months, with the company announcing that Inherit the Windbag has already been recorded from the actors’ homes via Zoom.
The fall will now feature Dear Maple (Oct. 26-Nov. 1), an autobiographical solo play written and performed by Mosaic playwright-in-residence Psalmayene 24, which explores whether it’s possible to alter relationships with loved ones who have died.
Mosaic is also working on a world premiere commission from Roz White and Sandra Holloway alongside playwright Alma Davenport, currently titled Resist. Mosaic is hoping to present the one-woman medley of tribute and original music to an outdoor, socially-distant audience in spring 2021, with a virtual version available for those who cannot join in person.
The theatre is also continuing to support Ifa Bayeza’s The Till Trilogy, which was stopped mid-rehearsals earlier this year. Bayeza is working on the second piece of the trilogy, That Summer in Sumner, about the Black activists and journalists who brought international attention to the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers in 1955. In a news release, Mosaic stated its intent to preserve the 3-part presentation for live performance.
Founded in 2014, Mosaic Theater Company aims to make transformative, socially relevant art through productions, engagement programming, and education initiatives.
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