ExPats Theatre

a small theatre grappling with big ideas

September 23 – October 15, 2023 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center


After their mother’s death, the adult twins Simon and Janine are asked to search for their father and brother in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. As each of them navigates the clues left behind, they discover their mother got pregnant as a teenager and had to give up the child. Mother Nawal spent her lifetime searching for this son, while navigating a country torn apart by civil war. As the narrative comes to a dramatic conclusion, Lebanese-Quebecois playwright Wajdi Mouawad uses the search to tell the story of a family’s efforts to come to grips with its past. 


Nancy Blum of Maryland Theatre Guide says the show is  “timely, entertaining, and profoundly moving”



John Stoltenberg of DC Theatre Arts says it is “an enthralling and challenging production”

and a play where “the storytelling is complex and gripping”



Photo Credits:  DJ Corey Photography

Top:  Neagheen Homaifar, Ahmad Kamal, Steve Lebens

Middle:  Ramsey Zeitouney, Lisa Hill-Corley, Hilary Kacser

Bottom:  Deema Turkomani, Melan Perez, George Kassouf



Emel Haddad 

Shana Laski (understudy)

Playwright:  Wajdi Mouawad

Translator:  Linda Gaboriau

Director:  Karin Rosnizeck

Assistant Director:  Shana Laski

Stage Manager:  Caroline Johnson

 Lighting Designer:  Ian Claar

Projections Designer:  Hailey LaRoe

Costume Designer:  Jeremy Pritchard

 Set Designer:  Simone Schneeberg

 Movement/Fight/Intimacy:  Natasha Mirny

Technical Assistant:  Laura Schlachtmeyer

 Improvising Musician:  Tina Chancey

Music Advisors:  Bari Biern & Scott Sedar


Expats Theatre Founder Karin Rosnizeck is a theatre artist who has performed in and directed numerous shows around D.C. Before coming to the US, she worked for more than a decade in transatlantic relations and cross-cultural dialogue. She holds an M.A. in American/English and French Literature from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. She was an Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center Reach in 2023.

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