There Is a Happiness That Morning Is (NYC)

by Mickle Maher

SEPTEMBER 11–27 2015
The Tank
151 West 46th Street (accessible from the N/R/Q trains to 49th Street or B/D/F/M to Rockefeller Center)
September 11, 12 at 7pm
September 17, 18, 19 at 9pm
September 24, 25 & 26 at 7pm; 27 at 9pm
Tickets are $15 at 800-838-3006 or
Part of their Flint and Tinder series


After three acclaimed runs in Chicago, Theater Oobleck presents the New York City premiere of Mickle Maher’s THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS at The Tank, as part of the annual Flint & Tinder theater series. A 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.

an enjoyably lunatic endeavor–Chicago Tribune

“Goosed by precise, masterful performances, Maher’s text is almost endlessly engaging and frequently hilarious.” –Time Out Chicago

“If the American theater harbors a precedent for Mickle Maher’s astonishing 2011 play There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, I’ve never found it . . .” –Chicago Reader

Featuring original cast members Diana Slickman, Colm O’Reilly, and Kirk Anderson.

Presented as a part of the Tank’s Flint and Tinder series.

The script of There Is A Happiness That Morning Is is also available as part of the book of Oobleck plays More If You’ve Got It. Purchase it directly from us.

“The most remarkable mix of poetry and drama you are ever likely to see.” -WBEZ


“FUNNY, WITTY, LITERATE, and PROFOUND… It’s the actors who make it a slam-dunk” –Windy City Times

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