The Happy Ones

by  Julie Marie Myatt

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 1f

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Ted Schmitt Award, The Ted Schmitt Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2009 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

Reviews

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 

Videos

  • Julie Marie Myatt on The Happy Ones
  • Insider's Look at The Happy Ones at the Magic Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Orange County, California. 1975, 1976.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 1f

WALTER WELLS
BAO NGO
MINISTER GARY STUART
MARY-ELLEN HUGHES

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 ...

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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.

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