Our 33rd Season: 2019 – 2020!


Bold productions that will transport you to Europe and beyond



SEA

story by Jon Fosse (Norway)

directed by Robert McNamara (USA / DC) | translated by May-Brit Akerholt (Norway)


US Premiere! November 1 – 24, 2019


Follow the tale of a shipmaster who guides a bizarre band of travelers through a modern-day Hades. This play is an episodic tale of lost love in the otherworld that unfolds as past relationships meet present realities. The travelers face an array of riveting challenges on the quest for their ultimate salvation. Writer Fosse is the most performed living writer in Europe and 2010 winner of the Ibsen Award.


Alternate Venue: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, WDC 20009


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The Dead

musical version by James Joyce (Ireland) based on his novella

directed by Robert McNamara (USA / DC)


December 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020


See one of Joyce's most profound stories of lost love and Irish identity. Gabriel sees his wife at a party swooning to a song by a renowned tenor. Yet, he's devastated to learn she was moved by the memory of a past, young lover. He feels alone and profoundly mortal, yet spiritually connected to others. This is the greatest, final story in Joyce's renowned collection, The Dubliners.


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


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Ajax

written by Sophocles (Greece)

directed by Robert McNamara (USA / DC)


March 20 – April 19, 2020


See the earliest of Sophocles' seven great tragedies taking place after the Iliad. The great warrior, Achilles, is slain in battle. Now Ajax is deemed the greatest Greek warrior and feels he should be given Achilles' armor. But, the kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, award it to Odysseus. Ajax is furious and kills the spoils of war: cattle and herdsman. See what unfolds on the heels of his shame.


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


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A Blanket of Dust

written by Richard Squires (DC / US)

directed by Robert McNamara (USA / DC)


May 20 – June 14, 2020


Follow the powerful story of Diane Crane, daughter of a US Senator, who loses her husband in the World Trade Center. She seeks to redeem his death only to encounter a shocking ordeal. She struggles with facts about murder, torture and fraud that her government, the media, and her family deny. She is finally forced, in a world consigned to permanent war, to seek justice on her own.


Alternate Venue: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, WDC 20009


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The Comedian Harmonists

by Gottfried Greiffenhagen & translated by Gabriele Jakobi (Germany)

directed by Robert McNamara (US / DC)


June 17 – July 13, 2020


Travel back to Berlin, Germany in the 1930s for a splendid musical. The top singing act in all of Europe is The Comedian Harmonists. This dynamic group tells a poignant rags to riches story of music, love, success and despair as Europe falls to the madness of the coming World War. Don't miss Scena's whimsical parable set in Berlin, which teaches us all a lesson political leaders should heed today.


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


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