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Happiest Song

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April 13 - May 12, 2013 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

  • Intensely engaging”— Chicago Tribune
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • Delightful”— Chicago Tribune
  • Full of hope”— Time Out Chicago
  • stars — Time Out Chicago

At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action film hero.

At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and a place to sleep for the needy. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this poignant new play from 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner (Water by the Spoonful) and Tony Award nominee (In the Heights) Quiara Alegría Hudes chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.

A World Premiere Production

Produced in association with Teatro Vista

Photos
  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Sandra Marquez (Yaz) and Armando Riesco (Elliot) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    (L to R): Demetrios Troy (Ali) and Armando Riesco (Elliot) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Jaime Tirelli (Agustín) and Sandra Marquez (Yaz) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Armando Riesco (Elliot), Demetrios Troy (Ali) and Fawzia Mirza (Shar) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Jaime Tirelli (Agustín) and Sandra Marquez (Yaz) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    (L to R): Musician Nelson González and Jaime Tirelli (Agustín) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    (L to R): James Harms (Lefty), Armando Riesco (Elliot) and Sandra Marquez (Yaz) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Armando Riesco (Elliot) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Sandra Marquez (Yaz) and James Harms (Lefty) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Sandra Marquez (Yaz) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Musician Nelson González in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Production Photos
    Fawzia Mirza (Shar) and Armando Riesco (Elliot) in Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Edward Torres.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Director Edward Torres and Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes in rehearsal for Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Demetrios Troy (Ali) and Jaime Tirelli (Augustín) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Armando Riesco (Elliot) and Demetrios Troy (Ali) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Demetrios Troy (Ali), Fawzia Mirza (Shar) and Armando Riesco (Elliot) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    James Harms (Lefty) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Armando Riesco (Elliot) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Jaime Tirelli (Augustín) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Musician Nelson González in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): James Harms (Lefty), Jaime Tirelli (Augustín), Sandra Marquez (Yaz) and Director Edward Torres in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes in rehearsal for The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Sandra Marquez (Yaz) in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

  • The Happiest Song Plays Last Rehearsal Photos
    Demetrios Troy (Ali) and Director Edward Torres in rehearsal for Quiara Alegría Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last.

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Blog
  • May 09 2013
    Quiara's Playlist  

    Quiara's Playlist

    We asked playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes to share with us what music she listened to while writing The Happiest Song Plays Last. Here you will find Hudes' playlist, which contains an array of both Middle Eastern artists and Puerto Rican/Latin artists.

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  • May 09 2013
    Staff Profile: Kim Osgood  

    Staff Profile: Kim Osgood

    Staff Profile, The Happiest Song Plays Last

    We sat down with the stage manager for The Happiest Song Plays Last and over 20 year veteran of the Goodman, Kim Osgood, to learn more about what it is like to work behind the scenes in the theater.

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