Friday, May 18, 2018

Catch Mosaic Theater's Award Winning "Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies" at the Atlas Through June 3rd

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You still have time to catch Mosaic Theater's production of "Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies" at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE). The play, written by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, came away from Monday's Helen Hayes Awards with the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding original new play or musical. Mosaic's website describes the play as an "irreverent examination of growing up Black in America." It focuses on two young men, Tru and Marquis, who meet in a holding cell where each is being unlawfully detained. Marquis is prep school kid from suburban Maryland, while street-savvy Tru hails from Baltimore. "Suspecting that Marquis has lost his “blackness,” Tru pens a manual entitled Being Black for Dummies which sends the two on a whirlwind journey through a world of cheerleaders, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo, and Dionysus."

The Washington Post called the show "fresh, funny, and fearless."

Runtime is approximately 100 minutes. You can catch the play at the Atlas through June 3rd.

Tickets for Mosaic productions are generally as follows:
Full Price Tickets: $35 during previews; $45 for Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings; $60 for Saturday Matinees and Friday Evenings; $65 for Saturday Evenings and Sunday Matinees

But they also offer some great discounts (check their website for rules, restrictions, and requirements) for those under 35 ($25), college students ($15), neighbors who live in select area codes ($30), seniors (10% off), members of the military/first responders/Peace Corp (10% off), and artists ($15). Last minute tickets that remain available 30 minutes prior to curtain might be had for only $25 if you are lucky enough to get them.

Be sure to check the calendar and the events listed on Mosaic's Facebook page as many of the shows feature some form of post play panel discussion or other activity that may of particular interest.

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