West Coast premiere of ‘Happy Now’ at MTC

Marin Theatre Company announces the West Coast premiere of Happy Now? by British playwright Lucinda Coxon. Happy Now? received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic in London and New York. Jasson Minadakis directs the show in the Boyer Theatre November 11 through December 5, 2010. Opening night is November 16.

Insightful and comedic, Happy Now? explores what happens when one modern woman “has it all.”

“Everyone I know works tremendously hard to be Kitty, to have the job that makes a difference in the world, to be a leader at that job, to have a happy family, to have a circle of friends. But when you are living ‘the dream’ how do you balance it all? How is it possible to be all these things and still be sane?” said MTC Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis. “Lucinda strikes deeply at the both the audiences’ funny bones and nerve centers in this fabulous West Coast premiere.”

In this scathingly funny new British play, Kitty is teetering on the edge of burn-out. She dexterously juggles executive responsibilities, parenthood, a frustratingly detached and idealistic husband, needy divorced parents, and bickering friends until the temptation of infidelity throws everything into question. Coxon’s stinging observations about the complexities of contemporary married life cut to the bone.

Happy Now? had its 2008 world premiere at the National Theatre in London, followed by its American premiere in a 2008 production at Yale Repertory Theatre, and an Off-Broadway production in 2009 at Primary Stages. Playwright Lucinda Coxon’s plays have also been produced at The Royal Court Theatre, South Coast Rep, The Bush Theatre, and Soho Theatre. Also an accomplished screenwriter, Ms. Coxon recently completed a screen adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel, The Danish Girl. She is currently working on Vermeer, a new play commission at the National Theatre.

Jasson Minadakis directed MTC’s hit productions of Equivocation by Bill Cain and The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, among many others. Later this season, he will direct the world premiere of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull in a new version by Libby Appel, and Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice.

The Happy Now? cast introduces MTC audiences to Rosemary Garrison as Kitty, Alex Moggridge as Johnny, and Mollie Stickney as Bea. Returning to MTC, Mark Anderson Phillips (The Last Schwartz) appears as Miles, Andrew Hurteau (Equivocation) as Michael, and Kevin Rolston (Sunlight) as Carl.

WHAT: HAPPY NOW? | West Coast Premiere

In this scathingly funny new British play, Kitty is teetering on the edge of burn-out. She dexterously juggles executive responsibilities, parenthood, a frustratingly detached and idealistic husband, needy divorced parents, and bickering friends until the temptation of infidelity throws everything into question. Coxon’s stinging observations about the complexities of contemporary married life cut to the bone. A hit in London and New York, Happy Now? will leave audiences aching with laughter.

WHO: By Lucinda Coxon
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Featuring Rosemary Garrison, Andrew Hurteau, Alex Moggridge, Mark Anderson Phillips, Kevin Rolston, and Mollie Stickney.

WHEN: Nov 11 through Dec 5, 2010
Opening Night: Nov 16
Previews: Nov 11–14
Performance Times
Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 8:00 pm
Wed 7:30 pm
Sun 7:00 pm
Matinees: Thu Dec 2, 1 pm | Sat Nov 20 and 27, 2 pm | Every Sun 2 pm
Please check www.marintheatre.org or call the box office at 415.388.5208 for exact performance dates and times.

WHERE: Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

TICKETS: $32–$53, details below
Ticket Prices
Previews: $32
Opening Night: $48 & $53
Tue: $33 & $35
Wed, Thu, & Sun Evenings: $37 & $42
Fri: $43 & $48
Sat Evenings: $48 & $53
Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun Matinees: $37 & $42
Discounts available:
Under 30: $20, all performances
Senior discounts, varies by performance, please call
RUSH tickets $15, available one-half hour prior to show, based on availability
For group sales, contact Julie Knight, 415.388.5200 x3302

INFO: 415.388.5208 | www.marintheatre.org

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