Broadway star and famed singer of the “Reading Rainbow” television show theme song, Tina Fabrique appears alongside local favorite Kim Bey under the direction of beloved local director Eric Ruffin in Mosaic Theater’s production of Marys Seacole by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, on stage now through May 29th.
Hailed as “revelatory” by The New Yorker Magazine, Marys Seacole is based in part on the autobiography of Mary Seacole. Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse and businesswoman who cared for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991 and was voted the greatest black Briton in 2004. Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is one of the earliest autobiographies of an Afro-Caribbean woman.
Inspired by these true events, the play charts one woman’s extraordinary journey through space and time: from mid-1800s Jamaica to the frontlines of the Crimean War, to a modern-day nursing home. The design aspects of the show draw heavily on Jamaican culture, particularly female Calypso artists and the spirituality of the community and also centers the profound connection between mothers and daughters across all cultures and times.
“This play is so relevant and necessary today as a celebration of women caretakers throughout the centuries, especially mothers,” director Eric Ruffin said. “I am honored to bring it to life with Mosaic and this wonderful cast and creative team.” “Mosaic is beyond proud to bring Jackie Sibblies Drury’s work back to DC,” said Mosaic Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas. “Marys Seacole is another example of Drury’s vivid imagination, remarkable theatricality, and unique ability to present history and Black culture with profound insight and magic. Eric’s beautiful vision for the production is centered in reverence for the many Black women who have provided care for their communities throughout history and today yet often go unnoticed and underappreciated. We dedicate this production to them.”
Tonya Beckman, Megan Graves, Amanda Morris Hunt, and Claire Schoonover round out the all women cast with Shayna O’Neill as production stage manager. Scenic design is by Emily Lotz, properties by Deborah Thomas, costumes by Moyenda Kulemeka, sound design by Cresent Haynes, lighting design by John D. Alexander and Mona Kasra provides projections design. Performances run May 4 – 29, 2022 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC. For more information visit https://mosaictheater.org/seacole or call the box office at 202.399.6764.
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