The Happiest Song Plays Last
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed by Peggy Anne Siegmund
PLEASE NOTE AUDITION TIME CHANGE!
Auditions Saturday, January 6th at 10am
& Sunday, January 7th at 6pm, 2018
Except for Ali all the characters live in the U.S. Elliot, Yaz, Agustin, and Lefty live in North Philadelphia. Shar grew up in an un-named, upscale suburb. Ali is an Iraqi working in Jordan.
Ethnicity and ages are scripted but suggested, meaning that actors need only to look like what the playwright intended.
No one has been precast. If you cannot come to either of the auditions please contact TAG asap to request an accommodation.
ELLIOT – late 20’s, Latino (American born Puerto Rican), Marine, wounded in Iraq, honorably discharged.
YAZ – mid 30’s, Latina (American born Puerto Rican), adjunct professor of music at Swarthmore College, Elliot’s cousin.
SHAR — short for SHARNUSH, 20s, American, describes herself as “one quarter Egyptian, one quarter Iranian with Cherokee, Korean, and WASP thrown in for flavor”, Julliard graduate.
AGUSTIN — 50 to 60s, Puerto Rican born, proud,charming, loves Puerto Rican music, knowledge of Spanish/singer/musician helpful but NOT required.
ALI — 40s, Arab, thick Iraqi accent, refugee, wheeler-dealer, survivor.
LEFTY — 40s-70s, any ethnicity — street person, probably homeless; he's a cultural outsider to the Puerto Rican community, but they have accepted him as one of their own.
MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
This play will benefit from a trio of live musicians to play jibaro and popular Puerto Rican music: a guitar player, a cuatro player, and bongo/ guiro player, at least one of whom can sing. The cuatro player might adapt oud repertoire on the cuatro.
Show runs February 23, 2018 - March 11, 2018
At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action film hero.
At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and a place to sleep for the needy. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this poignant new play from 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner (Water by the Spoonful) and Tony Award nominee (In the Heights) Quiara Alegría Hudes chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.
A Hawaii Premiere