There Is a Happiness That Morning Is
by Mickle Maher
“MAHER’S MOST POWERFUL PLAY TO DATE… SOUL SHAKING“ –Chicago Reader
“an enjoyably lunatic endeavor“ –Chicago Tribune
“Goosed by precise, masterful performances, Maher’s text is almost endlessly engaging and frequently hilarious.” –Time Out Chicago
“FUNNY, WITTY, LITERATE, and PROFOUND… It’s the actors who make it a slam-dunk” –Windy City Times
APRIL 14, 2011 — MAY 22, 2011
Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3pm
Chicago DCA Storefront Theater
66 East Randolph, Chicago IL
$15 suggested donation, more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke
Pay-what-you-can rate available by calling 312-742-8497 or visiting the DCA Box Office at 66 East Randolph.
Playwright Mickle Maher debuts this comedy in rhymed verse told via two lectures on the poetry of William Blake: one given in the morning by Bernard, a middle-aged, barely published poet of scant scholarship, on the Songs of Innocence, and the other in the afternoon by his lover, Ellen, a reputable Ph.D., on the Songs of Experience. Having engaged the evening before in a highly inappropriate display of public affection on the main lawn of their rural New England campus, the two undergraduate lecturers must now, in class, either apologize for their behavior or effectively justify it if they want to keep their jobs. Featuring Diana Slickman, Colm O’Reilly, and Kirk Anderson.
This project is presented in association with Chicago DCA Theater.
Mickle Maher (playwright) is a cofounder of Theater Oobleck, and has been a playwright/adaptor/translator for 20 years. He has authored eight plays for Oobleck, including The Strangerer (funded by a grant from Creative Capital), Spirits to Enforce, and The Hunchback Variations. Other plays include Cyrano (translator) and The Cabinet for Redmoon Theater, and Lady Madeline for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Maher’s works have been produced throughout the country and in Europe. His children’s book, Master Stitchum and the Moon, is published by Bollix Books. His plays are published by Hope and Nonthings. He is currently working with Redmoon’s Frank Maugeri on a shadow/slide theater work about a very old Superman.