The Pursuit of Happiness

by  Armina Marshall Langner, Lawrence Langner

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 3f

Westville, Connecticut is buzzing after Hessian turncoat Max Christman turns himself over to Colonel Mortimer Sherwood of the Virginia Light Brigade, and Captain Aaron Kirkland of the Connecticut Militia, at Kirkland Farm. Max, a young man from Austria, was given two options: join the Hessian mercenaries and fight for the British, or die.

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Westville, Connecticut is buzzing after Hessian turncoat Max Christman turns himself over to Colonel Mortimer Sherwood of the Virginia Light Brigade, and Captain Aaron Kirkland of the Connecticut Militia, at Kirkland Farm. Max, a young man from Austria, was given two options: join the Hessian mercenaries and fight for the British, or die. Max chose life, but now he has deserted his outfit and wishes to join the Colonial Army. Max loves the American spirit, carries a copy of the Declaration of Independence in his wallet, and believes that everyone in America is just “chasing after happiness.” Colonel Sherwood works to obtain Max a position in the Colonial Army, but in the meantime Max remains in Westville. While waiting, Max and Prudence Kirkland fall in love and experience the full contradictions of the Revolutionary State and the Calvinist Church.

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Armina Marshall Langner

Armina Marshall Langer was an American Indian actress, a playwright and a co-administrator of the Theater Guild whose career on Broadway spanned more than half a century. For nearly four decades beginning in the early 1920's, Miss Marshall, together with her husband, Lawrence Langner, and Theresa Helbu ...

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Lawrence Langner

Lawrence Langner (1890 – 1962) was a playwright, author, and producer who also pursued a career as a patent attorney. Born near Swansea, South Wales and working most of his life in the United States, he started his career as one of the founders of the Washington Square Players troupe in 1914.  In ...

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