Scena Theatre presents another DC-area premiere: Someone is Going to Come—a bold psychological drama by Norway's Jon Fosse at the ATLAS, January 9 – February 5

Washington, DC, December 27, 2016 — The Directors of Scena Theatre are excited to open the second production in the company’s 30th Anniversary Season—Someone is Going to Come—by the internationally acclaimed playwright Jon Fosse from Norway. This emotionally powerful drama is a Washington area premiere, and it features two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Nanna Ingvarsson alongside the talented David Bryan Jackson and Joseph Carlson. Scena founder and Artistic Director Robert McNamara will direct.

Someone opens on Monday, January  9 at 8:00 pm with a reception to follow. Members of the Washington press: please RSVP to now to reserve your seat.

Playwright Jon Fosse is hailed as "the new Ibsen of Norway" by He is a remarkably prolific writer having penned novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, essays, and plays. His internationally-acclaimed dramas have been translated into more than 40 languages—making him one of the most produced playwrights ever.

In October 2014, Scena produced a workshop performance of Someone is Going to Come at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. An engaging talkback about the play and the playwright followed. Artistic Director McNamara is thrilled that he is able to bring this play to life in a full production at the ATLAS. "Fosse is not as well known in America, so I'm pleased I can introduce the DC area to this deceptively simple, yet deep and complex work. Producing Someone is another example of how Scena Theatre serves as a bridge for the arts between two continents.”

All three actors featured in Someone possess an extraordinary ability to revel in subtext, which Fosse employs greatly throughout this splendid play. Nanna Ingvarsson, David Bryan Jackson and Joseph Carlson are all Scena "favorites" from the theatre company's 30 years in DC. In fact, Ingvarsson is a two-time Helen Hayes Award winner in DC, and she was nominated yet again in 2015 for her powerful performance in Scena Theatre’s successful play, The Cripple of Irishman by Martin McDonagh.

PLOT: A troubled couple moves into an isolated, run-down house by the sea to be alone, far from the intervention of others. Yet, they both grow increasingly anxious that "someone is going to come". When a stranger arrives, paranoia and sexual jealousy escalate between the couple to climactic heights. Theatre lovers and entertainment seekers alike will revel in this psychological drama.

Press Night: Monday, January 9, 2017 (8:00 pm) + Opening Night; Reception after

Official Run:  January  9 – February 5, 2017 (Thurs. – Sat. 8:00 pm; Sun. 3:00 pm

Previews: Just $10 on Fri., January 6, Sat., January 7 (8:00 pm)  & Sun., January 8 (3:00 pm)

Venue: ATLAS Performing Arts Center (Lab II)

1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Phone: 571-216-5136 

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Ticket Prices: $20 - $35 (See ticketing page below for specifics)

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Industry Nite: All theatre professionals can see the show for $10 on Monday, January 30th at 8pm

Actors:  Nanna Ingvarsson (2-time Helen Hayes Award Winner) and the acclaimed David Bryan Jackson & Joseph Carlson

Designers:  Robert McNamara (Director), Michael C. Stepowany (Set Designer), Alisa Mandel (Costume Designer), Marianne Meadows (Lighting Designer), Denise Rose (Sound Designer), Anne Nottage (Assistant Director & Literary Manager), Gabriele Jakobi (Dramaturg), and Joey Aubry (Stage Manager & Property Master)

Jon Fosse (Playwright, Novelist, Poet) was born in 1959 in Norway and now resides in Bergen. The author of some 30 books and 26 plays that have been translated into more than 40 languages, he is perhaps the most provocative, celebrated and produced contemporary playwright in Europe. In fact, he is widely deemed one of the world's greatest contemporary playwrights. His novels include Red, Black, Closed Guitar, The Boathouse, The Bottle Collector and Melancholia I-II. Since 1993, Fosse has focused primarily on playwriting. He quickly received international acclaim, particularly after Claude Regy (legendary French director of Pinter’s work) came out of retirement to direct his play Someone is Going to Come. Afterwards, Le Monde dubbed Fosse “the Beckett of the 21st Century.” His plays, including And We’ll Never Be Parted, Night Sings Its Songs, The Guitar Man, Dream of Autumn, Girl on the Sofa and deathvariations, have been produced on major stages across Europe, as well as around the world in countries such as Japan, Australia and Chile. He is particularly noted for having created his own theatrical language, at once intense and poetic.

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, seasonally staged readings, as well as a Workshop Series aimed at developing new works from around the globe. To learn more about our mission or past stage productions, please click on About in the left menu.