The Happiest Song Plays Last
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed by Peggy Anne Siegmund


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.

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

The Road to Mecca
by Athol Fugard
directed by Joyce Maltby

Auditions January 27th & 28th at 1:00 pm, 2018

Show runs April 13 - 29, 2018


Miss Helen
Miss Helen Martins, an elderly South African widow and an artist. Miss Helen lives alone in the town of New Bethesda, where her sculptures have served to isolate her from her neighbors. Since her husband’s death, she has spent her life transforming her home into an intricate and dazzling work of art, which has become the spiritual center of Miss Helen’s life, bringing her a sense of fulfillment that was missing earlier when she lived as a conventional member of society. Now that she is becoming increasingly unable to manage on her own, the reclusive Miss Helen is faced with a sense of darkness and despair that threatens at times to overwhelm her.

Elsa Barlow
Elsa Barlow, a teacher in her thirties. Elsa is Miss Helen’s friend and the only person who treats the older woman’s work with respect and interest. Miss Helen has long served as a source of inspiration for her. Concerned for her friend’s well-being, Elsa arrives from Cape Town for an unannounced visit and urges Miss Helen to resist local attempts to persuade her to enter an old age home. She is determined that Miss Helen should remain free. Elsa herself is in many ways confused and troubled fearing commitment in her life and questioning recent choices.

Marius Byleveld
Marius Byleveld, a pastor and longtime friend of Miss Helen. Marius and Miss Helen are contemporaries, and it is he who is urging her to enter an old age home. A far more complex character than he initially appears, he seems at first to represent simply the repressive elements in conventional society that see Miss Helen’s work and lifestyle as a dangerous break with the status quo. It becomes clear as the story progresses, however, that although there are indeed aspects of that outlook in Marius, his concern for Miss Helen’s welfare is entirely genuine and is in fact motivated largely by the long-cherished love he feels for her.