"Unstinting and sardonic"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Sept 13 – Oct 12, 2014 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 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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Artists

By FRANCES YA-CHU COWHIG, Directed by ERIC TING

Cast

RUY ISKANDAR - Pete, Ran Feng, DJ Happy
FRANCIS JUE - Old Lao, Geo Chen, Mr. Destiny
JENNIFER LIM - Sunny
JODI LONG - Artemis, Wang Hua
JO MEI - Ming-Ming, Qing-Shu Min, Xiao Li
DONALD LI - Li Han, James

Creative Team and Crew

MIMI LIEN - Scenic Design
JENNY MANNIS - Costume Design
TYLER MICOLEAU - Lighting Design
MIKHAIL FIKSEL - Sound Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
KIMBERLY OSGOOD - Production Stage Manager

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