Expatriate began performances at the Culture Project July 7 and officially opened to a host of positive reviews July 16. The work made its world premiere in April as part of the Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival. Tamilla Woodard directs Expatriate, which incorporates original songs and is described as an exploration of "black womanhood, friendship, sexuality and freedom." The production features choreography by Nicco Annan.
According to press notes, Expatriate "tells the story of Claudie (Moïse) and Alphine (Mosley), two sophisticated and sexy African-American performing artists and longtime sister-friends. Disillusioned by grief, homophobia and the black glass ceiling, they flee to Europe to heal and realize their starved American dreams. In Paris, they support themselves by singing and dancing on the street and quickly rise to infamy and fortune. But as Claudie and Alphine soon discover, stardom comes at a high price."
Moïse is the author of Matermorphosis, Little Griot, The Many Faces of Nia and Spilling Venus. She also appeared in the Culture Project staging of Rebel Voices.
Mosley was seen as Deena Jones in the TUTS staging of Dreamgirls. Her stage credits also include Max & Ruby, Drift and Museum Pieces. On screen she has been seen in "Gossip Girl," "Knights of Prosperity" and "Burn After Reading."
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