Washington, DC — September 27, 2011 — The Directors of SCENA Theatre announce the first production of their 24th season, Greek. In 1998, SCENA produced the DC-area premiere of Berkoff’s acclaimed adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, set in modern-day London. This revival will also be directed by Robert McNamara, but will be held at H Street Playhouse and include a new cast of DC favorites.

$10 previews for Greek will take place on October 15, 16, 18 and 19 (all which start at 8 pm, except for the Sunday 10/16 preview, which starts at 3 pm). Opening night is Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8 pm (also Press Night). Members of the press should RSVP to attend press night or another performance.

Berkoff’s twisted version of the well-known myth combines Shakespearean grandeur and Cockney rhyming slang to riotous effect. Greek is a modern rags-to-riches story, filled with sarcasm and scatological humor as only the “Bad Boy of British Theatre” can serve up. Join “Eddy” as he voyages beyond the confines of his home in London’s East End to have a date with destiny. Along the way he encounters love, wealth–and his true identity.

Berkoff first conceived of Greek in 1979, claiming it came to him “via Sophocles, trickling its way down the millennia until it reached the unimaginable wastelands of Tufnell Park.” He drew fromOedipus for the central plot, borrowed from his own experiences growing up in East London for the details, and made a political statement about Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister as he does in many of his other plays.

Artistic Director, Robert McNamara says of his decision to revive the play, “The recent fall of the Greek economy and the riots in London make Greek as relevant as ever….[it] is something that needed to be onstage then and that must be seen now.” Further, after last year’s success of Berkoff’s Sink the Belgrano! and of his adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher in 2009, audiences seem poised for more Berkoff and for this ”love poem to the spirit of Oedipus.”

Official Run:  October 20 – November 27: Thurs  Sat (8pm) and Sun (3pm)

No performance on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24
Extra performance on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3pm

Location:  H Street Playhouse: 1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Press Info:  Email, or Visit
Ticket Prices:  $27  $40 ($18 on Thursdays for patrons 30 & under)
Box Office:  Buy tickets online at or call 703.683.2824.
Cast & Crew: The cast of Greek includes accomplished DC actors such as Helen Hayes Awards winner Nanna Ingvarsson, Eric Lucas, David Bryan Jackson, and Danielle Davy. The Design team is Michael C. Stepowany (Set), Alisa Mandel (Costumes), Marianne Meadows (Lights), and James Garver (Sound).

Steven Berkoff was born in 1937 in Stepney,  London. His family background was Jewish Russian, and his grandparents fled Russia for Britain in the 1890s. In 1968, Berkoff formed the London Theatre Group and started his career with adaptations of Kafka and Poe (Metamorphosis,The Trial, and The Fall of the House of Usher)East was his first original play, and it established him as a major talent. He is now performed over the world, and at the yearly Edinburgh Fringe Festival he is the most performed playwright after Shakespeare. Berkoff also has had major acting roles in “Rambo,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Octopussy,” “Barry Lyndon,” and “A Clockwork Orange.” He currently lives in Limehouse, London in an apartment on the Thames and claims he is now in semi-retirement.

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 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 visit

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