Happy

by  Robert Caisley

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

Happy is a play about how vicious and enviable we can be of those who possess a natural joie de vivre.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Alfred is happy about his life. He's happy with his job. He's happy with his marriage. He's even happily raising his special needs daughter. However, when his best friend invites him to meet the latest woman in his life, things spin out of control. 
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Reviews

“90 wild and intriguing minutes! Caisley’s script is funny, deliberately unnerving, full of smart dialogue and stinging rejoinders.” – Christine Dolen, The Miami Herald

“Dinner-disaster dramedy on a grand scale. [Caisley] successfully engineers a transition from uncomfortable comedy of un-manners to full-blown psychodrama – doing so in a much more elegant and complex way than Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.” – John Thomason, Miami New Times

“The suspense builds tantalizingly as we peer inside the disturbing world of [Caisley’s] characters.” – Ronni Reich, The Star Ledger

“Eva is perhaps the most vicious, cruel, vindictive, and thoroughly hateable character I’ve encountered on stage in years, and she’s also one of the most fascinating. Just a truly excellent new play…that resembles Broadway hits like God of Carnage, which Happy ultimately surpasses, and even has thematic links to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" – David Templeton, KRCB

“Edgy entertainment.” - Michael Sommers, The New York Times

Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The entire action of the play takes place in Eduardo’s apartment, an artist’s loft cum living space.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 2f
ALFRED REHM – 40s; he is happy
MELINDA – his wife; 40s; she is happy
EDUARDO – his friend; 60s; extraordinarily vibrant for his age; speaks with a slight accent; he is happy
EVA – 20s, she is not happy
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network (NNPN) Annual Showcase of ...

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Happy was first produced in a rolling world premiere, as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Program, by New Theatre, Miami, Florida, Ricky J. Martinez, Artistic Director/Eileen Suarez Managing Director; Montana Repertory Theatre, Missoula, Montana Gregory T. Johnson, Artistic Director; New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Long Branch, New Jersey, Gabor Barabas, Executive Producer/Suzanne Barabas, Artistic Director/Jane E. Huber Managing Director; 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, California, Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director/Michael Fontaine, Managing Director 

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