Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Wheelhouse Theater Company is excited to announce its next production: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s rarely performed gem HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE, which will begin performances April 7th, 2018 at the Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond St., New York, NY 10012.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE first premiered off-Broadway at the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel) on October 7, 1970, was restaged at the Edison Theatre on Broadway, starring Marsha Mason and Kevin McCarthy and opened December 22, 1970.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE takes a searing and darkly comedic look at American culture through the brilliantly perverse lens of Kurt Vonnegut. After being presumed dead for eight years, respected war veteran and big game hunter, Harold Ryan, returns home and brings with him an old way of thinking, celebrating a Hemingway-esque machismo and American exceptionalism. Soon, Harold discovers that the society he returns to has made attempts to progress into a more modern, enlightened cultural narrative. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE is a dynamic and often hilarious meditation on toxic masculinity and a capitalistic America's failed attempts at progress cloaked in honor and morality. Simply put, and as the first few lines of the play state, this is a play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don't.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the 20th Century and is best known for the novels "Cat's Cradle", "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Breakfast of Champions." Vonnegut's first play, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE, had him named "Most Promising Playwright."
Cast members include Jason O'Connell*, Kate MacCluggage*, Finn Faulconer*, Craig Wesley Divino*, Kareem Lucas*, Matt Harrington*, and Charlotte Wise.
Directed by: Jeffrey Wise
Scenic Design: Brittany Vasta
Lighting Design: Drew Florida
Costume Design: Christopher Metzger
Sound Design: Mark Van Hare
Production Stage Manager: Tim Love*
General Management: Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin & Tim Sulka)
Press Representation: Daniel De Mello
Wheelhouse Theater Company Founders: Matt Harrington*, David Kenner, Michael Schantz, Jeffrey Wise
For patrons requiring special seating or wheelchair access, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.
Gene Frankel Theater (View)
24 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|