“Handbag” gets D.C. premiere at Anacostia Playhouse
Scena Theatre presents the DC-area premiere of British playwright Mark Ravenhill’s provocative drama: HANDBAG
Starring: Anne Nottage, Amanda Forstrom, Gray West, Edward C. Nagel, Robert Sheire, and Haely Jardas
The Directors of Scena Theatre are excited to announce the DC-area premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s HANDBAG as the first production of their 28th season. Artistic Director Robert McNamara will direct this bold black comedy, which addresses homosexuality, parenthood, and child neglect—in both Victorian and modern-day London. The play will run from November 6 – 30 at the Anancostia Playhouse with tickets ranging in price from $10 (previews) to $20 – $35 (full run).
Opening / Press Night for HANDBAG is Thursday November 6, 2014.
Previews: $10 on Oct. 31; Nov. 1, 2, 4 & 5 (Tues. – Sat. at 8:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm)
Full Run: November 6 – 30, 2014 Thurs. – Sat. at 8:00 pm, Sun. 3:00 pm (Except Nov. 27)
Price: $35 adults, $20 students / performers / seniors
Like Ravenhill’s other works, HANDBAG is considered ‘”in-yer-face” theatre, a genre that is deliberately aggressive, confrontational, and provocative. HANDBAG centers on a pair of gay couples’ unsuccessful plans to raise a child together in late 1990s London. However, Ravenhill interweaves this plot with an imaginative pre-history of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Ultimately, the two worlds collide, erasing the century of so-called progress that separates them. In 1998, HANDBAG garnered the “Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright” for Ravenhill.