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Scena Theatre presents the U.S. Premiere of SUBMISSION  by the acclaimed French writer Michel Houellebercq on Friday, January 18 at the Atlas

Washington, DC, Jan 10, 2019 — The Directors of Scena Theatre are thrilled to announce Submission, directed by Robert McNamara, as the second production in Scena's 32nd Season. This premiere of French playwright Michel Houellebercq's drama opens on Friday, January 18th at 8pm. Members of the Washington-area Press: please RSVP to To reserve your seat for Opening Night or another performance. 

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, as Director Robert McNamara notes: "by a macabre coincidence, it was released on the same day of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist shooting in France." Don't miss this spellbinding U.S. premiere that reflects upon current global events.

PRESS NIGHT / OPENING — Fri, Jan 18, 2019 (8:00 pm). Press Members RSVP to

Play Run:  Jan 18 – Feb 10, 2019 (Thurs – Sat 8:00 pm; Sun 3:00 pm)

Previews: $15 on Sun Jan 13 (3:00 pm); and Tues–Thurs Jan 15–17 (8:00 pm)

Industry: Mon, Feb 4th (8:00 pm): $15 for theatre / entertainment pros with ID / credentials

Venue: ATLAS Performing Arts Center (Lab I)

1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Ticket Cost: $15 - $45 at  or  202.339.7993

Adults: $35 (Thurs & Sun); and $45 (Fri & Sat)

Under 30 & Seniors w/ ID: $25 (Thurs & Sun); and $35 on Fri & Sat.

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Actors:  David Johnson, Ron Litman, Stacy Whittle, Kim Curtis, Greg Ongao & Colin Davies.

Designers:  Robert McNamara (Director), Anne Nottage (Asst. Director), Laura Schlachtmeyer (Stage Manager), Leah Mazur (Set), Mei Chen (Costumes), Denise Rose (Sound), Johnathan Alexander (Lighting), and Patrick Lord (Projections).

Playwright:  Michel Houellebercq is a well-known and somewhat controversial author, filmmaker and one of the most influential French poets born on 26th February 1958 on the French island of Reunion. His biography of a French Horror writer ‘H P Lovecraft’ named ‘Against the World, Against Life’ came out in 1991. He published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. His next novel, Atomised, published in 1998, brought him international fame as well as controversy. Platform followed in 2001. He published several books of poems, including The Art of Struggle in 1996. After a publicity tour for Platform led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred, he moved to Ireland for several years. He currently resides in France, where he has been described as "France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer." In 2010 he published The Map and the Territory which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt; and, in 2015, Submission.

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