Helen Hayes Award@-Winner Nancy Robinette to star in SCENA's production of Samuel Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at the ATLAS.

RSVP now to attend Press / Opening night Sat. June 14:  ScenaMedia@gmail.com

Washington, DC — May 16, 2014 The Directors of SCENA are excited to announce their first summer production, the Absurdist classic HAPPY DAYS, by the great Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. The show will be directed by SCENA Artistic Director Robert McNamara. It will run from June 14 – July 5 at the ATLAS Performing Arts Center in Northeast DC.

Nancy Robinette, a revered DC actress whose career spans nearly three decades, will star as "Winnie". Nancy has won three Helen Hayes Awards and has garnered several more nominations. She was last seen at SCENA in the title role of Brecht's Mother Courage in 2009 and has performed on practically every stage in DC, including Arena Stage, The Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and The Kennedy Center, to name a few. 

Opening / Press Night for HAPPY DAYS is Saturday, June 14, 2014. Press members: please RSVP to ScenaMedia@gmail.com to attend or schedule an alternate date. 
Director McNamara has produced many Irish plays at both his Dublin Stage One Theatre in the late '70s / early '80s as well as at SCENA over the last 26 years. He has directed Beckett plays many times over the past five decades in Ireland, the US, Germany, and Yugoslavia. His repertoire includes Beckett classics such as Endgame, Waiting for Godot, Krapp's Last Tape, and The Lost Ones. SCENA has also held a few "Beckett Festivals" and produced lesser known plays such as Eleutheria, Footfalls, and Catastrophe. McNamara last directed HAPPY DAYS in 1980, starring the lovely Kerry Waters. 

Tickets to HAPPY DAYS are $20 - $40, and may be purchased at AtlasArts.org or by calling the ATLAS Box Office at 202.399.7993. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the ATLAS box office at 1333 H Street NE in Washington, DC where hours are typically 9am – 5pm weekdays, plus hours are extended up until showtime on performance days. 

Actors:        Helen Hayes Award® winner Nancy Robinette and Stephen Lorne Williams.

Designers: Robert McNamara (Director), Gabriele Jakobi (Dramaturg), Michael C. Stepowany (Set Designer), Marianne Meadows (Lighting Designer), and others TBA.


Previews:    $10 on June 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 & 13 (Wed  Sat at 8:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm)


Opening:     Sat., June. 14 is Press Night + Opening Night; 8:00 pm curtain, reception after


Full Run:     June 14 – July 5, 2014 


Price:           Tue – Thurs + Sun: $35 adults, $20 students;  Fri & Sat: $40 adults, $25 Students


TICKETS:    Reserve online: AtlasArts.org (OR) call Box Office: 202.399.7993


Venue:        ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - 1333 H Street NE, WDC 20002


Press:         All Inquiries, please Email ScenaMedia@gmail.com 


Parking:      Valet Parking is available at the Rock n Roll Hotel (1353 H St., a few doors down). Or, side-street parking is suggested (Maryland Ave, 10th–12th Streets, etc.).

MetroBus:  X2 Metrobus runs down H Street. Visit www.wmata.com for schedules.


About Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906, in Dublin, Ireland. During the 1930s and 1940s he crafted his first novels and short stories. He wrote a trilogy of novels in the 1950s as well as famous plays like Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His later works included poetry and short story collections and novellas. He died on December 22, 1989 in Paris, France.

About SCENA 

SCENA Theatre brings the best international theatre to Washington, DC and stimulates cultural exchange between theatre artists, locally and worldwide. Founded in 1987 under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert McNamara and Managing Director Amy Schmidt, SCENA produces an annual season of plays and seasonally staged readings, as well as a Workshop Series to develop new works from around the globe. To learn more about SCENA's mission, niche in Washington, or past productions, please visit ScenaTheater.org or call 703-684-7990.