The Happiest Song Plays Last

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  • The Happiest Song Plays last is a deeply personal new drama premiering at The Goodman Theatre by Pultizer Prize-Winning playwright, Quiara Alegria Hudes, playing through May 12.
  • Jumping between the settings of Philadelphia and Jordan, this highly-anticipated new play focuses on the lives of a Puerto Rican-American woman named Yaz, and her cousin Elliot. 
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Show Dates:
April 30 - May 12, 2013

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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The Happiest Song Plays Last is a moving new play by Quiara Alegria Hudes, who won a Pultizer Prize just last year.

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Features: The final installment in a triology, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the follow-up to acclaimed playwright Hudes' Pultizer Prize-Winning play, Water For the Spoonful, and is largely based on her own life. It chronicles her and her cousin's efforts to find meaning in their lives, hers in Philly as she sets up a shelter for the needy, and his in Jordan, as he copes with being an Iraq War veteran and stars in a documentary about the war.

Why We Go: A fascinating look at life in the 21st century, this new play has garnered a lot of buzz for it's excellent script and moving acting.

  • Short Run: Don't delay if The Happiest Song Plays Last is something you're interested in seeing! Like most other Chicago shows, it is only playing for a short time - in this case, through May 12, so reserve your tickets online today!
  • Acclaimed Playwright: Hudes was nominated for a Tony Award for her work on In the Heights, and won the Pultizer for best drama in 2012. This work is the final piece in her triology, and is reportedly her best work to date.
  • Touching Performances: Sandra Marquez plays Yaz, modeled largely after the writer herself, and Armando Riesco depicts her cousin Eliot, an Iraq War veteran struggling to put the pieces back together in Jordan in a post-combat life. Both actors bring a sense of authenticity to their performances that is relatable is it is moving.

Inside Knowledge: Hudes really does reside in North Philadelphia just like her counterpart Yaz, and a real-life cousin is also a combat veteran who was selected to be a star of a documentary about the Iraq War, just like the character Elliot. Drawing from the playwright's real-life experiences means that this play is a deeply personal one that is sure to touch audiences with its universal themes.