ExPats Theatre was founded in 2019 by Karin Rosnizeck with the mission of producing plays that 1) address global problems, 2) reexamine historical narratives, 3) incorporate women’s perspectives, and 4) explore the human condition across cultures. The world today faces many problems ranging from poor governance, income inequality, violence, and racial injustice to human rights abuses, migration, climate change, and political authoritarianism. There are extraordinary forces unfolding that challenge the human spirit and weaken the bonds that bind individuals together.
In this situation, we need theatrical productions that broaden people’s horizons, provide a sense of history, incorporate women’s perspectives, and address cross-cultural issues. We believe theatre is a vital force for exploring issues of contemporary society and politics. In our complex world, we bring international dramatic works to DC that are thought-provoking, provide a fresh perspective, and offer a platform for audience engagement. We are a small theater that grapples with big ideas.
In our play selections, we focus on productions that illustrate our key themes. Our first play Surfacing by Russian-Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich in Fall 2019 centered on the plight of the marginalized, dispossessed and oppressed: a female refugee waiting for asylum, a young Albanian man under the threat of honor killings and a kidnapping victim in Austria.
The second production Einstein’s Wife by Serbian playwright Snezana Gnjinic (English translation by Milena Trobocic-Garfield) had a strong gender equity component when it opened in March 2020. Einstein’s Wife told the gripping story of a gifted woman (Mileva Maric) living in the shadow of a brilliant man (Albert Einstein). It drew heavily on recently-released correspondence between the famous German physicist and his Serbian wife, who played a significant role in developing his ground-breaking ideas yet received little recognition.
Our third production Pankrac ´45 by Czech playwright Martina Kinska and translated by Barbara Day opened in October, 2021 and asked what constitutes collaboration for women during wartime occupation. The production was set in a Prague prison during the summer of 1945, where five women were accused of Nazi collaboration. As daily executions took place, they testified about their personal activities and argued about guilt, responsibility, betrayal, and survival.
By choosing work that encourages and critical reflection and audience engagement, ExPats Theatre provides a platform for D.C. audiences to participate in an open exchange of ideas and embrace different worldviews. In all of our activities, we welcome diversity in all its forms and work with people from a variety of backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and other characteristics protected by U.S. law. We are proud to be an equal-opportunity organization that is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.
ExPats is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization under the US Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Contributions can be made via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or check. For details, email us at ExPatsTheatre@aol.com. It is led by a board composed of Karin Rosnizeck (chair), Colin Davies, Emily Morrison, Yvonne Paretzky, and Darrell West.