Americans in Paris: Expatriate Begins Culture Project Run July 7

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Lenelle Moïse's Expatriate – the journey of two women seeking artistic and personal freedom abroad – arrives at the Culture Project July 7.

The open-ended engagement, starring Moïse and Karla Mosley, will officially open July 16.

Tamilla Woodard directs the work that 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."

Expatriate made its world premiere April 8 as part of the Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival.

Moïse is the author of Matermorphosis, Little Griot, The Many Faces of Nia and Spilling Venus. She has 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."

Tickets for Expatriate are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting

The Culture Project is located in Manhattan at 55 Mercer Street.

<i>Expatriate</i> stars Lenelle Moise and Karla Mosley
Expatriate stars Lenelle Moise and Karla Mosley
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