It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from.

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Set in Cairo at the precipice of past, present, and future, audiences are introduced to a nameless Egyptian writer and trio of other characters as they are swept through a deeply personal mosaic. Illuminating the many aspects of life in a country in the midst of revolution, No Desert Roses highlights the multidimensional nature of struggle in the crux of atrocity.

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In this drama, audiences are invited to see the world through the eyes of an Israeli couple and a Palestinian couple, both having suffered the tragic loss of a child. Fashioning this story as a searing cry for compassion in a reality that appears to offer none, Sobol presents us with a world where truth, regardless of belief, may be all that stands between us and a war without end.

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From the author of The Admission and After the War. Maariv newspaper describes Lerner's latest work as "a daring theatrical attempt to deal with the complex situation making it difficult for IDF soldiers to preserve their humanity, while the country's political leadership prefers to bury its head in the sand."  In the hours after an Israeli soldier is kidnapped in Gaza, an artillery reserve officer responds in accordance with military protocol. He is moved to confess to the damage he’s inflicted. The country’s institutions don’t want to hear.

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The OLA Film Festival is a showcase and competition highlighting the work of amateur and student filmmakers across the country. The goal of the festival is to offer support to emerging artists by providing a platform to display their work to the public.

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East City Bookshop and Atlas Performing Arts Center  present humorist and playwright R. Eric Thomas with his debut book Here for It, a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays. Event includes a book signing hosted in our lobby by East City Bookshop with the author. 

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Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

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Pianist, composer, and electronic musician James Fernando has been hailed by Textura magazine as having “seemingly effortless command of the piano”, and by author Grady Harp for creating music that “makes the world more beautiful.” Fernando presents an exciting solo program featuring his innovative piano and electronics setup. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.

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Join the Washington and Lee University Singers in the Atlas Performing Arts Center premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, one of the most meaningful recent works of social justice art. This multimedia fusion oratorio uses the featured choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and narrators to tell the tragic story and aftermath of the kidnapping, torture, and death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. Join us for a post-show discussion.    

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The Misto di Voci  Ensemble explores mysticism and music of the spheres in a multimedia presentation of Alan Hovhaness' Saturn.   Written for soprano, clarinet and piano in cantata form, set to mystical text by the composer, and accompanied by NASA’s images of space, each movement is a unique and ethereal journey. The program concludes with The Klezmer's Wedding; a fusion of classical and klezmer style in a jubilant celebration of life. With post show artist talk-back.    

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Audience members share topics weighing on their minds, and where they find lightness in their lives. Their responses inspire improvisers to create scenes and dialogue as dancers introduce choreography and create movement and patterns. Scenes influence dance and vice versa, as elements from each world cross over into the next. This show includes audience participation and post-show artist talk-back.

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In this production Furia Flamenca goes beyond flamenco’s music, song, and dance and explores some of Spain’s many other musical genres, including iconic classical pieces such as “La Boda de Luis Alonso” and “Vida Breve,” and some of Spain’s folk music and dance. The performance will include flamenco guitarists Maestro Torcuato Zamora and Juan L. Romero. Artist Talk-Back after the show. 

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The nine planets (or nava graha in Sanskrit) are worshipped as deities in Vedic Astrology. In the body, they facilitate the working of individual karma, while in the world, the unraveling of collective karma. Based on the idea that each of us has traits of Navagraha within us, dancers will explore and use the 9 energies to connect the Self with the Universe. With post-show artist talk-back. 

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In the summer of 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley met for a series of debates that rocked America and defined the genre of punditry. Now, for one evening only, Vidal and Buckley meet in the Dismal Beyond (also known as the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA) to reprise their infamous debate.

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Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ that features her global-influenced, increasingly complex and long-form compositions, formed Short Stories to complement and expand her palette. With an emphasis on improvisation, her inspiration came from the short but eloquent, harmonic and motivically-packed compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

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Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound with an expansive roster of next-level musicians, representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more.

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Featuring silent film era comedian Harold Lloyd, this comedy features a shy  Poor Boy (Harold Lloyd), a tailor’s apprentice who dreams of becoming an author. He falls for a Rich Girl (Jobyna Rolston) and the tale of the budding romance ensues. Presented with live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson.

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In a collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company from Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life a dance-based show perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket, Paper Dreams asks if our greatest mistakes can turn out to be our greatest ideas.

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