All Our Happy Days Are Stupid
Suburban Beast's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, by internationally celebrated Canadian writer Sheila Heti, enjoyed a sold-out run at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage February 11-14, 2015, before another sold-out run, produced by McSweeney's and Warby Parker, at The Kitchen in New York City, from February 19 - 28, 2015.
The premiere production in Toronto ran from October 24 - November 3, 2013 at Videofag. The production was nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the Independent Theatre Division: Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play (Sheila Heti), Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Scenic Design (Rae Powell).
ALL OUR HAPPY DAYS ARE STUPID
Written by Sheila Heti, with songs by Dan Bejar
Directed by Jordan Tannahill with Erin Brubacher
Production Manager & Lighting Designer, Zack Russell
Stage Manager, Laura Hendrickson
Set Designer, Rae Powell
Costume Designer, Juliann Wilding
Featuring: Erin Brubacher, Alexander Carson, Henri Faberge, Nick Hune-Brown, Kayla Lorette, Becky Johnson, Jon McCurley, Michael McManus, Meghan Swaby, Naomi Skwarna, Anne Wessels, Carl Wilson and Lorna Wright, with Nancy Bocock.
All Our Happy Days are Stupid, Heti's uproarious play with songs by Dan Bejar (Destroyer) is an irreverent and gut-punching critique of the pursuit of happiness. The play's surreal narrative follows The Oddis and the Sings, two families on vacation in Paris, France. But far from the blissful respite they seek, their holidays become their undoing. Heti's struggle to write this infamously 'unproduceable' play over the past ten years is one of the central plot-lines in her internationally heralded novel How Should a Person Be?, which David Haglund of the New York Times called "Funny...odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable...unlike any novel I can think of."
"An interesting mix of clever and self-amused, a kind of Ionesco-lite adventure that dissolves into a haze of drifting charm. The production looks like a million Canadian dollars..." - 4 Stars, Time Out NYC
"Full of laugh-out loud moments of comic absurdity... All Our Happy Days Are Stupid has a masterful comic creation in Ms. Oddi, played with grotesque glamour by Skwarna" - J Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
"Playwright Sheila Heti's dialogue cultivates a tentative millennial humor and stays playfully faux-naive, while director Jordan Tannahill's staging, with playful cutouts of objects like the Eiffel Tower, augments these cartoonish, inconsequential qualities." - Tom Sellar, Village Voice
"Sheila Heit's infamously impossible play finally finds it's joyful, bizarre feet" - 4 stars, Torontoist
"A triumph... I couldn't stop grinning." - Jennifer Schaffer, VICE
"Heti’s script creates interesting and exciting tensions, and Tannahill’s homespun production holds it all together" - Mark Mann, Artinfo
"I could go on and on about how excellent the performances were and how much I enjoyed the play" - Alexandra Molotkow, Hazlitt