“My drag isn’t a costume I use to hide in,” famed performance artists and playwright Taylor Mac says, “it’s exposing what I look like on the inside.” And the same could be said for the five characters from the Philippines who are the focus of Philip Himberg’s Paper Dolls, which is getting its US premiere […]
Mosaic Theater Company’s fourth season will bring iconic figures from our past — Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Donny Hathaway, the great R&B and Gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe and her protégé Marie Knight, as well as two actors from the world premiere of The Return (and their army of detractors, as harvested from Facebook and […]
After reviewing statistic after statistic about gender parity in the fields of playwriting and directing, I’m excited for the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Jaqueline Marie Butler may seem like an unassuming teenage girl, just doing her best to find her way in her new, confusing home country of Nigeria. But don’t underestimate her — as Jaqueline says herself, there’s a “blowtorch burning in her belly,” and you don’t want to be in her path when those rising emotions […]
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s one-person show Draw the Circle is a radical act of empathy. Not only does he explore the impact his life and gender transition has had on his loved ones and other bystanders through their own perspectives, he offers his audiences a true and honest look into the complex lives of transgender Americans—especially when those […]
In today’s information age, where significant cultural moments flutter in and out weekly, topical theater may not age well. But sometimes, art speaks to fundamental fault lines in a culture, and that divide is played over and over with different names attached. The Real Americans, a solo show in Mosaic Theater’s “Transformational Journeys” series, is […]
Jon Robin Baitz fairly sprays the audience with lines that atta-tack-tack like an AK47. You hear the moans of each hit and then explosion after explosion of laughter. In this way, his play Vicuña serves, as many plays have done down throughout history, as a necessary bloodletting from society’s current ills.
John de Lancie is set to star in Mosaic Theater Company’s production of Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz’ Vicuña & The American Epilogue as Kurt Seaman, a Donald Trump-inspired real-estate tycoon prepping for his final presidential debate.
Everyone is doing them, doing them, doing them. Well, actually no. Some artists say they hate them, notably David Mamet who recently threatened to fine theaters the hefty sum of $25,000 if they held any after his plays. In an article July 30th in the New York Times, Alexis Soloski sent out the intentional incendiary […]
Miche Braden is the biggest force of nature this side of Hurricane Harvey. She personifies the “Empress of the Blues” Bessie Smith with a powerful voice, enormous talent, a powerful stage presence, and a big heart. As a result, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith provides a fabulous kickoff to Mosaic Theater […]