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  Twisted Melodies at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Twisted Melodies

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE Washington

Donny Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel artist whose Grammy-winning work made him a major force on the music scene. But Hathaway was a troubled genius - a man who often refused to take the prescribed medication that was meant to help control the debilitating symptoms of his paranoid schizophrenia. Now, Mosaic Theater Company's production of Twisted Melodies offers a fictionalized journey through that tortured and brilliant mind, giving you a glimpse into the life of a man lost in space and time as he battles a truly insidious mental illness. A theatrical experience that aims to captivate with its penetrating exploration of the psychology of a musical legend, Twisted Melodies at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. is also designed to open up conversation about the ways mental illness is treated in our society.

Thru - Jul 21, 2019

Box Office: 202-399-7993

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Technically, this is a jukebox musical, though it's more honest than most of the genre's money-grabbing, feel-good machines. A market-oriented version would include someone playing Hathaway's wife, Eulaulah, and someone as his great duet partner and not-quite love, Roberta Flack. A snippet of "The Closer I Get to You" gets the audience singing along, unprompted."
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Nelson Pressley

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Also an immersive solo play about life, love, and suicide, Twisted Melodies, written and performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr., grants Hathaway an audience to tell his own story of battling the demons in his head. Of course, Roston is the one doing the telling, via his script, based on Hathaway's life, that imagines the Grammy-winner's final hours holed up in his Essex House hotel room in New York City, 1979."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...But it's the empathetic Roston who carries the show and in fact wrote it, suggesting convincingly it was the quirks in Hathaway's mind that created both the music we love and the life that tortured him."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...An open window in a hotel room becomes symbolism for opening the mind to ending the stigma of mental illness. At a time in our history when human empathy is being twisted in the direction of apathy, Twisted Melodies touches the core of compassion and sings its own song. Don't miss this one."
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Ramona Harper

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