Mosaic Theater - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
The eight amazing plays in Mosaic’s Season 5 offer up Stages of Awakening— urgent, exhilarating and humble — that hurtle our characters, and by extension, us, forward to new levels of awareness, puncturing bubbles of pretention along the way.Fabulation
August 21 - September 22, 2019
Two-time Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Lynn Nottage’s satirical tale that follows successful African-American publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the projects, where she must face the realities of the life she left behind. Penned with “the firecracker snap of unexpected humor" (New York Times), Fabulation reveals the folly of outrunning where we come from, and the challenge of returning home.
October 22 - November 17, 2019
Isabelle, a young tenure-track professor, tests the limits of free speech by encouraging her students to contribute to an unmoderated discussion group. When an anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos, Isabelle must decide whether to intervene or let the social experiment play out. Soon the posts turn abusive and threatening, leading Isabelle and her unknown tormentor to engage in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that not only have Isabelle questioning her beliefs, but fearing for her life.
December 4 - January 5, 2020
At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, CA, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter, until a mumps outbreak hits the school. Now the board of directors must confront the central question: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World
January 16 - February 16, 2020
From the Egyptian-American winner of the Steinberg New American Play Award comes a romantic comedy about Muslim and American identity full of unexpected twists. Musa, a new immigrant from Egypt who drives a cab, picks up Sheri, a boisterous, quirky waitress after her shift and a night of improbable passion turns into an extended labyrinth of cultural assumptions upended.
Inherit The Windbag
March 11 - March 29, 2020
WORLD PREMIERE: In the summer of 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley met for a series of debates that rocked America and re-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. What ensues is a battle for history itself, in a no-holds-barred sesquipedalian brawl and satirical battle of wits, assisted by an ever-revolving cast of characters from Aaron Burr to Ayn Rand.
The Till Trilogy
April 1 - June 21, 2020
The now legendary story of Emmett “Bo” Till is believed by many to be the start of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era.
PART I. The Ballad of Emmett Till
Bayeza’s Edgar Award-winning drama recounts the last two weeks of young Emmett Till's life on his journey from Chicago to Money, Mississippi, revealing his boisterous, stuttering character and his fateful encounter with Caroline Bryant, the young white woman whose accusations led to Emmett’s subsequent murder.
PART II. That Summer in Summer (World Premiere)
This World Premiere condenses the five-day trial of “The State of Mississippi vs. Roy Bryant and JW Milam for the Murder of Emmett Till” into a thrilling courtroom drama. Based on trial transcripts, contemporaneous news accounts, interviews and photo-documentation from a case broken open by the national black press exposing miscarriages of justice at every turn.
PART III. Benevolence
We meet Caroline Bryant, her husband Roy, and his twin brother Ray on the days before and after Emmett’s abduction, leaping forward 50 years and the recantation of much of Caroline's testimony. In Act II we meet Clinton and Beulah Melton, witnesses to the murder whose lives are now in danger, with scenes of Medgar Evers filing field reports to the NAACP.