Kelly Haramis' DOUBLE HAPPINESS to Play Frigid New York, 2/19-3/9

By: Jan. 15, 2014
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Veteran journalist and former Chicago Tribune writer, and ex-New Yorker (Callicoon and Ithaca) Kelly Haramis brings her one-woman show-Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family-from Chicago to FRIGID New York.

Double Happiness is an uproarious and unconventional staging of the journey to parenthood. Everything from China's One-Child Policy to a 1958 New York City hot chocolate date to Penn State's infamous parties to a Central Florida adolescence to the world's most fertile man...blend together in this 55-minute trip set in the world's messiest playroom.

Kelly juggles infertility, unexpected deaths and a multi-year adoption journey culminating in a globetrotting journey to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the heart of her adopted daughter in a Chinese Orphanage.

Double Happiness debuted in Chicago with a four-night sell-out run, with subsequent performances in the region and at the Orlando Fringe Festival, delighting audiences along the way. Double Happiness makes its New York debut at FRIGID New York.

Find out how Kelly's hands went from holding a dream to holding two miracles, and make Double Happiness your own.

DOUBLE HAPPINESS is set to run February 19th - March 9th, 2013, playing at 8:40 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 8:25 p.m. Saturday, March 1 5:30 p.m. Tuesday., March 4 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at UNDER St. Marks, 94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY. Tickets: $15 at or by calling 212-868-4444 .

Performer and playwright Kelly Haramis: A former upstate New York resident of both Callicoon and Ithaca, KELLY HARAMIS rediscovered her love of improv and theatre after a 12-year stint as a journalist (Chicago Tribune, Woman's World magazine and The Ithaca Journal). In addition to a BA in Journalism and minors in Theatre Arts and Women's Studies from Penn State, Kelly is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory as well as the iO Chicago Training CenteR. Kelly debuted her one-woman show Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family in May 2012 in Chicago. Since then, she has performed Double Happiness in Highland Park, IL, and at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2013, with forthcoming performances in Festival St-Ambroise Fringe Montreal. When Kelly is not onstage with her improv troupe Old Smuggler in Chicago, you can find her writing everything from Facebook updates to a future show, reading trashy celebrity magazines and baking dye-free, corn-free goodies with her two daughters, Athena (7) and Kallista (6).

Director David Knoell: Director DAVID KNOELL graduated from the University of Nebraska (B.A.), the University of Central Florida (M.F.A.) and the Second City Directing program. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity and has performed professionally in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Orlando. Currently he produces and directs in the Chicago area (Second City, Equity Library Theatre, Stage 733, and more) and teaches improvisation, acting, and voice at several local colleges (Harold Washington, Lake Forest College, and Concordia University). He also co-writes a popular web-comic, which you can check out at