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Happy Ones, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Happy Ones, The

Julie Marie Myatt

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573698712

An uplifting — and surprisingly funny — play by a rising star in American theatre.

$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - Orange County, California. 1975, 1976.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Ted Schmitt Award, The Ted Schmitt Award

WINNER! 2009 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
Orange County, California, 1975. For Walter Wells, it's the happiest place on earth. He has a beautiful wife. Two great kids. A house with a pool. Contentment. Until fate strikes a devastating blow, leaving Walter with no reason to put the pieces of his life back together. He resists attempts to help, especially the unexpected — and unwanted — offer from a Vietnamese refugee named Bao Ngo, who bears his own sadness. Then, across a cultural divide, Walter and Bao find a game to share, a song, a meal and then a way back in this uplifting — and surprisingly funny — play by a rising star in American theatre.

REVIEWS

"Wry and affecting...Myatt's characters are so engaging that it's easy to push them toward comedy, which tends to reassure rather than surprise us." - Los Angeles Times, Read More

"...Understated power of this gentle yet gripping dramedy...The most impressive element of Myatt's new work is the dexterous way she elicits emotional resonance by giving the human frailties of the characters a weight equal to their innate compassion and goodness. Subtly depicting the overwhelmingly difficult process of mourning and letting go, Myatt leavens the tragedy without blunting its significance." - Backstage, Read More 


The Happy Ones was first produced by the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California on September 27, 2009. The performance was directed by Martin Benson.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

WALTER WELLS
BAO NGO
MINISTER GARY STUART
MARY-ELLEN HUGHES

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Julie Marie Myatt on The Happy Ones

  • Insider's Look at The Happy Ones at the Magic Theatre

Author
Julie Marie Myatt

Julie Marie Myatt

Julie Marie Myatt’s play, Someday, about reproductive rights in Los Angeles, was commissioned by Cornerstone Theatre Company and recently premiered this June as part of their 3-year Justice Cycle. Her play Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in February, and toured to the Kennedy Center this July. Her play Boats On A River, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, ... view full profile

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