A Clockwork Orange opens SCENA Theatre's 25th season

Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange runs at the H Street Playhouse October 6 through November 19.

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2012 (SCENA)  – What’s it going to be then, eh?” Droogs, devotchkas and ultra-violence open SCENA Theatre’s historic 25th season with Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange – A play with music based on the novella.  

Since 1989, it has been the goal and mission of SCENA Theatre to bring this modern classic to DC audiences. Continuing a tradition of provocative theater, SCENA Theatre premieres the complete musical production of A Clockwork Orange using Burgess’ own adaptation including the author’s original lyrics and musical selections.

The original lyrics are set to the music of Beethoven, with addition original scoring composed by Eric Trester for this production.  The cast features up and coming local talent with Chris Stinson (We Tiresias, Capital Fringe 2012) in the lead as Alex.  
 
Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange runs at the H Street Playhouse October 6 through November 19. Appropriate for audiences 16 and up, tickets are $25 to $35 and may be purchased online at scenatheater.org and at the H Street Playhouse one hour prior to performances. Previews for Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange will take place October 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8pm, and October 7 at 3pm. 
 
Press Opening is Saturday, October 13 at 8pm. Members of the press should RSVP to ScenaMedia@gmail.com to attend or schedule a preferred alternate performance. 

Fifty years after the original novella was written by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orangestill shocks and fascinates audiences with its depiction of ultra-violence and use of the fictional “nadsat” slang – a hybrid of English and Russian. The primary theme of free will versus social order and the human capacity for evil and redemption continue to be as relevant today as 1962.

Initially garnering little attention in the general public, A Clockwork Orange shot to cult status after it was made into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1971. In response to the American version of the novel (which cut the final chapter) and the onslaught of amateurish stage adaptations, Burgess personally adapted his dystopian novella as a play with music. First published in 1987, it was dramatized by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1990.
 
The Plot: Alex and his vicious teenage gang revel in horrific violence, mugging and gang rape. Alex also revels in the music of Beethoven. The gang communicates in a language which is as complicated as their actions.

When a drug-fueled night of fun ends in murder, Alex is finally busted and locked up. He is given a choice – be brainwashed into good citizenship and set free, or face a lifetime imprisonment.
 
Cast: Chris Stinson, Alex; Michael Miyazaki, Chaplain; Buck O’Leary, Minster of the Interior. Jim Jorgensen, F. Alexander/Dr. Brodsky. Ensemble: Charlotte AkinElliot Kashner, Sissel Bakken, Chris Aldritch, Connor Hogan, Yoni Gray, Mitchell Grant, Tom Byrne, Terrence Heffernan, Hannah Burkhauser, and Theo Hadjimichael.
 
Designers: Michael C. Stepowany (Set), Alisa Mandel (Costumes), Marianne Meadows (Lights), James Garver (Sound), Eric Trester.(Projections), Paul Gallagher (Fight Choreographer), Quynn Johnson (Dance Choreographer), Sissel Bakken (Vocal Coach), Raquis Petree (Assistant Director), Anne Nottage (2nd Assistant Director).
 
Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange
By Anthony Burgess
Directed by Robert MacNamara
October 6 through November 18, 2012 (Opening Night: Saturday, October 13 at 8pm)
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 3pm
Tickets and information: scenatheater.org or 703-683-2824
 
Location: H STREET PLAYHOUSE 
1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tickets: $25-$35;
Special Performances$10 Previews: October 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 
 
Parking: Valet Parking is available at 1353 H Street NE (at the Rock & Roll Hotel – a few doors down from the Playhouse). If driving, side-street parking is suggested (Maryland Ave, 10th–12th Streets, etc.). Also, the X2 Metrobus runs down H Street. Visit www.wmata.com for schedules. 
 
SCENA Theatre brings the best in 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 then, Managing Director Amy Schmidt, SCENA produces an annual season of plays, staged readings, and a Workshop Series aimed at developing new works from around the globe. To learn more about our mission or past stage productions, please visit scenatheater.org.

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