Our 32nd Season: 2018 – 2019



Discover our bold, authentic productions that will transport you to Europe and beyond.



Woman of No Importance

by Oscar Wilde (UK)

directed by Robert McNamara (US / DC)


Nov 5 – Dec 2, 2018


Scena Theatre presents the timeless power struggle between guys and gals. Only we've re-set this brazen play against the backdrop of 1930s Hollywood when Tinsel Town was both American and British. See cads, scoundrels and vixens battle over who’s "in" and who’s “out”. Hilarity and mistaken identities ensue as only Wilde an craft it. And magical acting and staging unfold as only Scena can present it. If you loved our gender-bender hit, The Importance of Being Earnest, you’ll relish this delicious play!


ATLAS Performing Arts Center, Lab I (1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002)


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The Submission

U.S. Premiere!

by Michel Houellebecq (France)

directed by Robert McNamara (US / DC)


Jan 7 – Feb 10, 2018


This jolting drama is the stage version of the best-selling novel in France, Italy and Germany, entitled Soumission (Submission). This play imagines a scenario where a Muslim political party, embracing Islamist and patriarchal values, manages to win the 2022 France presidential election with support of the Socialist Party. The play mixes fiction with real people—as Le Pen, François Hollande, François Bayrou, and Jean-François Copé and more appear as characters. The novel drew great attention because, by a macabre coincidence, it was released on the same day of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist shooting in France. Don't miss this spellbinding drama that reflects and ponders current global events.

ATLAS Performing Arts Center, Lab I (1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002)



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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh (Ireland)

directed by Robert McNamara (US / DC)


April 1 – May 5, 2018


This powerful drama is set in the isolated countryside of Leenane, in Western Ireland in the early 1990s. The story centers around Maureen, a lonely and unmarried woman in her early 40s, as she cares for her ailing and manipulative mother, Mag. The two share a turbulent and unhealthy relationship. When Maureen meets a man and has a chance at love, her mother tries to intervene and subvert her one chance at a normal, happy life. Join us for this intense and emotional play as it takes us on a journey to a riveting climax.

ATLAS Performing Arts Center, Lab I (1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002)



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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

written by Bertolt Brecht (Germany)

directed by Robert McNamara (USA / DC)


June 3 – July 15, 2018


See a fascinating "parable play" that aims to teach us all a life lesson—if we choose to learn it. The Resistible Rise chronicles the ascent of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his quest to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly taking out his opposition. This drama is a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. Will power in this story go unchecked? You've got to see it to find out!


ATLAS Performing Arts Center, Lab I (1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002)




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