Directed by Julie Beckman
March 23rd – April 14th 2018
Thursday – Saturdays at 8pm
*PWYC Preview Thursday March 22rd
Sundays April 1st & 8th at 2pm (w/post-show talkbacks)
*Special Industry Night Monday April 9th at 8pm
Performed at 12th Ave Arts ~ 1620 12th Ave
Iraq War vet Elliot Ortiz has a bright new career working in Hollywood action films. While shooting on location in Jordan, with the tumultuous Arab Spring rumbling nearby, he finds that his wartime dreams and nightmares have followed him into his new life. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin Yaz takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community. This powerful production is a tale of two young adults who cross the globe in search of connection, redemption, and their place in the world.
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The Happiest Song Cast…
Joshua Chessin-Yudin (Elliot) was born and raised in Seattle and is unbelievably grateful to make his Theatre22 debut! He is a University of Washington graduate and his Seattle credits include ArtsWest’s My Mañana Comes (Whalid), Really, Really (Cooper) and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2015 tour of Macbeth (Duncan, Macduff) and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse, Mercutio). He currently resides in New York. Josh would like to thank Julie, the cast, the designers, and all the other awesome individuals and creatives who helped make this production possible and, most of all, would like to thank Theatre22 again for the opportunity to work. www.joshuacy.com
Lexi Chipman (Shar) is thrilled to be making her Theater22 debut! Since graduating Cornish College of the Arts in 2016 you may have seen her in Shakespeare’s Other Women (Island Shakespeare Company), or in Seattle Shakespeare’s touring Company as Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) or Bianca/Biondello (Taming of the Shrew). You also may have seen her performing in Raisins in a Glass of Milk which she co-wrote and co-produced with fellow performer Maya Burton. Lexi is unbelievably grateful to be a part of this incredible production. And sends much love to her wonderful support system MELS!
Agastya Kohli (Ali) is a Seattle area based actor, director and producer. He leads the Drama Wing of Pratidhwani – a local South Asian performing arts organization – and has directed and produced many shows for Pratidhwani. Recent acting credits include Money & Run at Theater Schmeater, The Brothers K at Book-it Rep, and 14/48: TWQTF. A Telecom Engineer by day, Agastya proudly serves on the board of Theatre Puget Sound. Many thanks to Theatre22, cast & crew of HSPL, to his wife Marianna, and to you for supporting live theatre.
Rich Hawkins (Lefty) was a working Seattle actor from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s. He’s perhaps best remembered for the role of Ronald Reagan in the Group Theatre’s long-running Rap Master Ronnie or his film appearances in Sleepless in Seattle and Homeward Bound. When the Soviet Union ended, Rich thought he’d take a year off to teach English in Central Asia. More than twenty-five years later, he’s back . . . and glad to be!
The Happiest Song Designers and Crew…
Director ~ Julie Beckman
Producing Artistic Director ~ Corey McDaniel
Production Manger ~ Katie McKellar
Stage Manager ~ Sarah Ross
Technical Director/Builder ~ Adrian Delahunt
Set Designer ~ Emily Sershon
Co-Props Designers ~Emily Sershon & Katie McKellar
Lighting Designer ~ Ahren Buhmann
Costume Designer ~ Patrick Swett
Sound Designer ~ Kyle Thompson
Dramaturg ~ Mario Gomez
Dialect Coach ~ Marianna de Fazio
Casting Director ~ Alber Sucupira
Social Media Marketing Director ~ Stephanie Neuerberg
Publicity Photos Courtesy of Ian Johnston from Dangerpants Photography