Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.
The Atlas is a historic and cultural anchor in the Near Northeast community of Washington, DC and deeply values the local theater community. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in theatre, including its Resident Arts Partner Mosaic Theater Company of DC pictured above.
Eric, a classical pianist, and Bilal, a jazz musician, are brothers by blood, united through a love of music but separated by prison bars. When Bilal’s trial reveals hidden secrets and unexpected truths, the young men are forced to ask whether their love, and music, can withstand betrayal? Inspired by true events, award-winning playwright and breakbeat poet Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed Bars and Measures is a moving play with music that reflects on faith, family, and politics with equal parts imagination and intensity.
When American conflict photographer Mia wakes up in her ex-girlfriend’s Istanbul apartment, she doesn’t recall how she got there but the contents of her camera might. A cross-cultural, time-shifting journey ensues as Mia pieces together the details of her past and wrestles with the costs of her profession. A heartfelt and suspenseful new play from award-winning dramatist Mona Mansour (Mosaic’s The Vagrant Trilogy), Unseen implores audiences to look deeper into the photographs of war and see the souls at stake.
After being part of a mass graves commission sent to Bosnia to document war crimes, American psychologist Kate goes to a NATO rehabilitation facility in Germany where she meets Dorra, who is heavily traumatized and pregnant from a gang rape during the 1990s war. Kate’s Harvard-trained psychology skills fail in her attempts to reach Dorra, who initially refuses to speak. But after an evening of intoxicated frenzy casting out the demons of centuries-old ethnic hatred, the women’s relationship changes and Kate’s own trauma is revealed. The play is a bold exploration of gender-based violence as a weapon of war, exposing the hatred and xenophobic tribalism at the heart of ethnic violence.
Murdered Men Do Bleed and Drip by Jennifer Barclay and Hannah Khalil Produced in partnership with DC’s Solas Nua and Dublin-based Fishamble May 6-7, 2023 A violent far-right is on the rise in a deeply interconnected and yet divided world, where “alternate facts” and macabre braggadocio enabled by misinformation, distancing, isolation and closed borders leads to extreme violence and extreme joy, theatricality and structural subversion.
Three Black queer men sit in an ethereal waiting room inviting audiences to join them in a whimsical theatrical experiment that is equal parts harrowing, hilarious, and hopeful. Inspired by his own HIV diagnosis and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, award-winning playwright Donja R. Love shines an honest light on the people behind the statistics in this “defiantly life-embracing” (The New York Times) new play.
Rock Paper Scissors questions, interrogates, and explores Sisi’s intersecting identities as a Black Queer-Bisexual Woman. In her story of remembering, she weaves together movement, poetry, and play to embody the joy, beauty, curiosity, liberation; internalized competition, invisibility, hypervisibility, and oppressions she lives with as a Black Queer Woman.