celebrating people of color in the arts

theater: an Expatriate experience

In theater on August 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm

As I sat immersed in the Culture Project’s latest production Expatriate, a two-woman play definitely of note, it quickly became quite obvious that I was in the presence of an immensely talented and passionate duo—Lenelle Moïse and Karla Mosley.

What was most compelling about the life-lessons, the mistakes, the triumphs, the highs and the lows narrated on stage by Moïse and Mosley was the story they told of two women’s struggle to both stay in and leave each other’s lives.

One of the most poignant scenes in Expatriate occurs when Claudine (Moïse) leaves for Paris after her brother Omar dies from a drug overdose. Alphine (Mosley) pleads, “You can’t leave me. You can’t leave me now that Omar is gone.” Having lost her lover, Alphine now confronts losing her friend.

When it comes to friendships and relationships, some of us have been the ones doing the leaving, but most of us know the pain of being left behind—by a lover, a friend, a parent. At its core, Expatriate delves deep into those tenuous bonds of friendship. Moïse and Mosley unpack that mystifying phenomenon of being so close to someone today and desperately needing to break free from them tomorrow. 

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