Magazine article World Literature Today

The Mosaic Theater Company

Magazine article World Literature Today

The Mosaic Theater Company

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Exiting out of Union Station-a slightly less historic but nevertheless still important landmark in Washington, DC- one comes to the landing of a shiny new streetcar situated on a bridge overlooking the NoMa district with decorated mosaics of little children playing along the sides. Thirteen blocks from DC's Union Station sits a city landmark located neatly on historic H Street-and because this landmark is thirteen blocks from Union Station, the shiny new streetcar is the best way to arrive outside the front doors of the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Established in the 1920s, the Atlas Performing Arts Center houses many DC arts organizations. And since 2014, the Atlas has been the home to an emerging theater company in DC: Mosaic Theater Company.

With a mission statement dedicated to bringing international drama from the front lines of conflict zones to the stage, Mosaic is daring and innovative in its season planning, often pushing boundaries-challenging audience members to think harder, feel deeper, understand more. An evening at Mosaic is cathartic-not just emotionally, but a catharsis of the soul; a soulful cleansing that helps audiences sense the power of shared humanity through the story unfolding before their eyes. Mosaic delights in thoughtful and poignant postshow discussions and peace cafés aimed to inspire community-building, empathy, and healing from audience members who come to the theater from global and local communities alike.

While the entirety of Mosaic's season is not internationally focused, Mosaic produces a unique annual festival entitled Voices from a Changing Middle East. …

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