Macha Theatre Works Presents the World Premiere of HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY...
Macha Theatre Works is proud to announce the world premiere of HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY..., the new comedy by Lisa Every and Jenn Ruzumna, on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Erickson Theatre (1524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) on Capitol Hill. Directed by Amy Poisson, the show will run through Saturday, October 28, 2017.
A riveting dark comedy about friendship and betrayal, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY... tells the story of Lauren, a woman struggling to manage the funeral of her grandmother, her best friend's secrets, her husband's desires, and her troubled son's 19th birthday party-all in a single, madcap, stressful day. As the play unfolds, the characters of HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY... struggle with mortality, morality and the cost of their choices in this play about betrayal and what you'll risk to follow your bliss.
"Macha Theatre Works is thrilled to produce this World Premiere by Seattle playwrights Jenn Ruzumna and Lisa Every," comments director Amy Poisson. "It's an exciting and impactful work of theatre that exemplifies Macha's commitment to fearless female theatre."
Playwrights Lisa Every and Jenn Ruzumna not only wrote HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY..., but are featured performers as well, with Lisa Every playing Lauren, Jenn Ruzumna as Annie, Martyn G. Krouse as Will, and Warren Levi Haney as Caleb. The show is being produced by Macha Theatre Works and staged at the Erickson Theatre, an acclaimed performance space in Seattle's Capitol Hill off Broadway.
Performance Dates: October 13th - October 28th, 2017
Time (all shows): 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Erickson Theater Off Broadway, 524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Between Pike St & Pine St on Capitol Hill)
Tickets: $18 - $25
About the Playwrights:
Jenn Ruzumna and Lisa Every's story is one of long friendship and collaboration that goes back to 2001, when the two met through a message posting on the Theater Puget Sound message board. They soon began collaborating, acting and producing together, with their first production an adaptation and production of the short story "Penelope's Web," by Christopher Rush for the stage. Around the same time, Jenn also wrote and produced the award-winning play THE AGREEMENT for the Seattle Fringe Festival. Their short plays THE POSTER and THE WEDDING DAY were then produced in two seasons of Studio for Seattle's annual short play festival.
As actors pursuing their own careers, Jenn and Lisa have also spent many years on Seattle stages, including such theaters as Centerstage, ReAct, Macha Theatre Works, Tacoma Actors Guild, Theater Schmeater, Annex, The CHAC, Woodinville Rep and others. As co-producers and founding members of BASH Theatre, they have produced over 10 plays and 3 films, partnering with companies such as Radial Theater (BEATING UP BACHMAN, by Wayne Rawley), Try This Films (BROWN'S CANYON, by John Helde) and On the Boards (PHONE CALLS, by Cris Berns).
During this time, Jenn and Lisa also set out to write a play with a strong, nuanced female voice, using nuggets of truth from their own lives as inspiration. Their comedy HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY... is the culmination of this work, and they are thrilled to see it produced by Macha Theatre Works.
About the Director:
Specializing in world premiere plays by female artists, Seattle-based director Amy Poisson is the new Artistic Director of Macha Theatre Works. Her most recent work includes such productions as A HAND OF TALONS, the final play in Maggie Lee's steampunk trilogy (and winner of the 2016 Gregory Award for Best Costumes); THE TWELFTH STORY by Rebecca Goldberg at Annex Theatre; BLOOD/WATER/PAINT by Joy McCullough-Carranza for Live Girls! Theater; FAST COMPANY by Carla Ching (2014 Seattle Times Footlight Award winner); and THE CLOCKWORK PROFESSOR AND THE TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR (2016 Gregory Award Nominee for Best New Play), both by Maggie Lee, and produced by Pork-filled Productions.
Amy has also directed THESE STREETS, by Gretta Harley & Sarah Rudinoff, at Central Heating Lab at ACT, and THE STRANGE MISADVENTURES OF PATTY, by Allison Moore and The Twelfth Story by Rebecca Goldberg at The Annex Theatre. Amy is at the helm of three World Premiere plays this season: HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY... with Macha Theatre Works, THE FLIGHT BEFORE X-MAS, by Maggie Lee for Seattle Public Theatre (opens Dec 1, 2017), and SMOKE AND DUST, by Joy McCullough-Carranza (opening in the Spring of 2018 for Macha Theatre Works).
About Macha Theatre Works:
Envisioning a world where fearless female voices thrive, Macha Theatre Works is a small, dynamic theatre company based in Seattle. Macha produces exceptional new works that feature strong female characters and is a nonprofit arts organization that strives to bring complex, provocative, empowering, innovative, eclectic, and diverse women's stories to the stage through professional productions, a new play reading series, and educational offerings. The company was originally founded in 2001 as Macha Monkey Productions by Kristina Sutherland Rowell and Desiree Prewitt, and in 2017 is beginning a period of transition and growth under the leadership of new Artistic Director Amy Poisson (director, Tumbleweed Zephyr, Hand of Talons, Blood/Water/Paint) and new Managing Director Kyna Shilling (Melissa Hines Award for Outstanding Theatre Practitioner, 2016 Gregory Awards). The name Macha Theatre Works honors the company's 16-year history but evolves to more fully embrace the vision of fearless female theatre, with Celtic Warrior Goddess Macha featured as the company figurehead and as a part of the company's new logo.
Macha Theatre Works most recently produced the world premiere of ...AND STARRING CLAIRE FROM HOLLYWOOD, by local playwright Jim Moran, which took place at 18th and Union (May - June 2017), and Yussef El Guindi's play COLLABORATOR at West of Lenin (2016).
For more information on Macha Theatre Works, please visit www.machatheatreworks.com.