How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
by Sarah Ruhl
Full Length Play, Comedy / 4m, 4f
"How to Transcend a Happy Marriage has a charming phantasmagorical finish that points out the conflict between our animal nature and the societal norms we create to control it." - BroadwayWorld, Read More
"Audiences are receiving a comprehensive education in the polyamorous lifestyle in Sarah Ruhl’s whimsical and spiritual domestic drama, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage [...] for those willing to take the ride, the play is a provocative and poetic meditation on being caught between reasonably happy domesticity and untapped, unacknowledged desires." - AM New York, Read More
"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn’t enough." - Newsday, Read More
"[...] provocative and enlightening [...] How to Transcend a Happy Marriage abounds with situations that lead its characters to say the most quotable things, all of which should be experienced live in the theater and not in any critic’s review. They’re that memorable." - The Wrap, Read More
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: A forest.
A living/dining room.
A jail-- empty space with a few bars.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Four people in their late thirties or early forties. Race and ethnicity immaterial.
PIP - A beautiful woman, named Deborah. Known to all as Pip. (She can dance and sing and slaughter animals and also play a teenager named Jenna.)DAVID (pronounced Dah-veed) and FREDDIE—Two men who Pip has a polyamorous relationship with. David is a mathematician. I don’t know what Freddie is but he doesn’t know either.
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Multicultural casting
I think that JANE and GEORGE are women and MICHAEL and PAUL are men but you could change their genders if you want.
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage premiered at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.