The World of Extreme Happiness

Sept 13 – Oct 12, 2014 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours with one intermission

This inspiring world premiere from Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, called “bruisingly funny” by Time Out London, celebrates the perseverance of the human spirit.

When Sunny is born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she's not a boy. She survives, and at age 14 leaves for the city, where she finds work in a factory and attends self-help classes in pursuit of a coveted office position. But when Sunny’s attempts at self-improvement lead to calamitous consequences for a fellow worker, she questions the system she’s spent her life trying to master. Savage, tragic and desperately funny, The World of Extreme Happiness is a provocative examination of individuals struggling to shape their destinies amid China's dizzying economic transformation.

A co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club

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    Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Jo Mei (Ming-Ming) and Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    Ruy Iskandar (Ran Feng) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Frances Jue (Gao Chen) and Donald Li (Li Han) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Donald Li (James) and Jodi Long (Artemis) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Ruy Iskandar (Pete) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Jo Mei (Ming-Ming), Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Francis Jue (Mr. Destiny) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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    (L to R) Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Francis Jue (Old Lao) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Production Photos
    (L to R) Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Jo Mei (Ming-Ming) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    Director Eric Ting and Playwright Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Production Photos
    Jodi Long (Artemis) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Production Photos
    Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    Director Eric Ting in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Director Eric Ting and Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Jo Mei (Ming-Ming/Qing Shu Min/Xiao Li) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    Donald Li (Li Han/James), Jodi Long (Artemis/Wang Hua) and Jennifer Lim (Sunny) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    Donald Li (Li Han/James) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) William Yuekun Wu (Dance consultant) and Ruy Iskandar (Pete/Ran Feng/DJ Happy) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    Francis Jue (Old Lao/Cao Chen/Mr. Destiny) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

  • The World of Extreme Happiness Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Jennifer Lim (Sunny), Jo Mei (Ming-Ming/Qing Shu Min/Xiao Li), Donald Li (Li Han/James) and Jodi Long (Artemis/Wang Hua) in rehearsal for the world-premiere production of The World of Extreme Happiness.

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