Suburban Beast proudly presents the world premiere of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid by internationally celebrated Canadian writer Sheila Heti.
All Our Happy Days are Stupid
A play by Sheila Heti with songs by Dan Bejar
October 24 - November 3 (no performance October 28), 8pm
Videofag 187 Augusta Ave, Toronto ON
Director, Jordan Tannahill
Associate Artist, Erin Brubacher
Producer, Renna Reddie
Stage Manager, Laura Hendrickson
Set Designer, Rae Powell
Lighting Designer, Zack Russell
Costume Designer, Jordan Tannahill
Carpenter, Ben Carson
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.
Suburban Beast is producing the long-anticpated world premiere of novelist Sheila Heti's debut play All Our Happy Days Are Stupid. The show will run from October 24 - November 3 at Videofag, director Jordan Tannahill's intimate Kensington Market storefront theatre. Featuring songs by acclaimed musician Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Set Designs by Rae Powell, and a cast of Sheila and Jordan's friends, this uproariously unwieldy new play 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."
After years of the script being passed over by established theatres, largely on account of it's unusual form and massive cast, Sheila and Jordan decided to gather together a group of their friends for a reading of it in a friend's backyard. As Sheila said in a November 2012 Globe and Mail article, at the backyard reading 'the things that just never worked, somehow they worked." It is in this spirit of gathering friends together to do the impossible that the piece will have it's birth at Videofag this fall.
"Sheila Heit's infamously impossible play finally finds it's joyful, bizarre feet" - 4 stars, Torontoist
"All Our Happy Days Are Stupid has a masterful comic creation in Ms. Oddi, played with grotesque glamour by Skwarna" - 3/4 stars, J Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
"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
For Pictures or Interviews please contact: Renna Reddie, Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Images of Sheila Heti please download them from her official Google Folder here: http://www.sheilaheti.net/formedia.html