Happiest Song Plays Last

by Quiara AlegríaHudes

Directed by Julie Beckman

(5th of July, Water by the Spoonful, Annapurna, & Downstairs)

If you are interested in auditioning for Happiest Song Plays Last and feel that you fit one or more character descriptions below please email Alber Sucupira, Casting Director at alber@theatre22.org.


Auditions will be held

Wednesday September 6th from 3pm-9pm


Callbacks will be

Sunday September 10th 4pm-7pm

In a barrio in North Philly, music professor and activist YAZ moonlights as the local soup kitchen queen, literally feeding the neighborhood. Halfway around the world, her cousin ELLIOT relives his military trauma on a film set in Jordan as the Egyptian uprising draws him into global activism. The story of these two cousins is woven together with the beautiful strains of Puerto Rican cuatro music as Elliot and Yaz find love in their respective worlds while also grappling with questions about personal and cultural responsibility.

The final installment in Hudes’s three-play cycle, which follows Water By the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last is about the search for redemption and how one can make a difference in a world that is in crisis.

March 23rd – April 14th 2018
Thursday – Fridays at 8pm
Sundays April 1st & 8th at 2pm
*PWYC Preview Thursday March 23rd
*Special Industry Night Monday April 9th at 8pm
Performed at 12th Ave Arts ~ 1620 12th Ave



ELLIOT:  Latino, late twenties.   Iraqi war vet turned film actor working through past trauma.  Falls in love in Shar.

YAZ:  Latina, Elliot’s cousin, thirties.  Music professor turned activist, she runs a soup kitchen out of her home.  Her deep commitment to her neighborhood community complicates her personal life, especially when she feels the stirring of love.

SHAR (Short for Shahrnush): Arab-American, emphasis on the American, twenties.  An up and coming Hollywood actress, she finds herself on a film set in Jordan during the Arab spring where she learns more than she bargained for about the Iraqi war and about identity.  Falls in love with Elliot.

AUGUSTIN:  Latino, in his fifties or sixties.  A high school counselor, he lives next door to Yaz and shares her commitment to the community.  He practices his activism primarily as a devoted cuatro player and singer of protest songs.  His personal life has started to unravel as he finds himself struggling in his marriage, overly fond of drinking, and facing his own mortality.

ALI:  Arab, thick accent, forties.  Witty, insightful, caring and jaded by war, he is a husband and father desperate to protect his family.  He is also the cultural advisor for the war film that Elliot and Shar are in, and he becomes their confidant and friend.

LEFTY:  Any ethnicity. Forties-seventies.  Homeless now, he is a long term resident of the north Philly neighborhood and he feels drawn to Yaz as a mother figure.  He has a deep and intuitive understanding of the land and its history.


To submit your headshot and resume please email Alber Sucupira, Casting Director at alber@theatre22.org.  

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