HAPPY

Genre: Other
Written by Robert Caisley Directed by SuzAnne Barabas

Are you happy? That’s the question contemplated in this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere comedy by Robert Caisley at the New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, from May 30 – June 30, 2013.

Alfred is happy with his life, happy with his job, happy with his 14-year marriage to Melinda. But when his best friend Eduardo invites him to dinner to meet the new woman in his life, Eva, a sexy 22-year old artist with a dark soul, it becomes clear that misery loves company as truths get twisted, secrets get revealed and what starts out as a sophisticated dinner party among friends, becomes an evening that spins wildly out of control. This is a dinner party not to be missed!

NJ Rep Artistic Director, SuzAnne Barabas, directs this sleek production that explores the quintessential question - are we truly happy?

Playwright Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays, was a Finalist for both the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama.Happy began its Rolling World Premiere at Montana Rep, followed by performances at New Theatre 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California, and is now coming to New Jersey Rep in Long Branch May 30 – June 30, starring Mark Light-Orr as Eduardo, Susan Maris as Eva, Wendy Peace as Melinda, and Michael Irvin Pollard as Alfred.

Tickets are $40 for adults; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Performances are Thursdays; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. Discount group tickets, subscriptions and gift certificates are available. Discounts are available to seniors 65+, full time students ages 13-25, and groups of 10 or more. Extra performances can be added for groups of 40 or more. For tickets, contact 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve online. Find NJ Rep on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Open:   05/30/13
Close:   06/30/13

Schedule:
May 30-June 30, 2013 Thursdays at 8pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
Theater:   New Jersey Repertory Company
Address:   179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
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By Car: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105. When you exit you will be on 36 East. Take 36 East to the 7th light (Broadway) and turn right. Take Broadway to the 10th light and turn left onto Liberty. On your left will be the theater's parking lot. Make your next left and turn left again to enter the lot. The theater's rear entrance is well lit under a bright sign. By Train: Take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line to Long Branch. The theater is a short cab ride, or 10-minute walk. If walking, you will be facing 3rd Avenue when you leave the train. (There will be a convenience store across the street and the restaurant Casey Jones. To your left is a Rite-Aid.) Turn left on 3rd and walk to Broadway (about 4 blocks). Cross the intersection and turn right onto Broadway -- the theater is midway down the street, but continue walking around the block. Entrance is in the rear.

Cost:$40 Adults; $36 Seniors; $25 Students
Buy Tickets Online or Call: NJ Rep at 732-229-3166
Presented by: New Jersey Repertory Company         Official Web Site: www.njrep.org