Other People’s Happiness at TheatreWorks 

Other People's Happiness is a portrait of a family in chaos. It's also the latest winner of Playhouse on the Square's NewWorks@TheWorks competition, a contest built to locate and develop promising new plays and playwrights. As described by this season's victorious author, Adam Seidel, Other People's Happiness explores one main question — "When you give up your happiness for everyone else, where is your breaking point?"

Director Leah Bray Nichols is tight-lipped about the plot, afraid she'll give too much away. "It's about a family — a couple married for 35 years and their adult children. They're confronted with new information, and everybody has to re-examine their identity." The "information" concerns the family and the recently passed-down family business. Like a cyclone, it rips them from their comfort zones and drops them in a foreign circumstance where nothing makes sense. "And they're not able to go back," Nichols says.

click to enlarge werecbox_otherpeopleshappiness.jpg

In addition to developing new plays, New Works may also be a proving ground for aspiring directors. Apart from some recent experiences working as an assistant director to Jordan Nichols on Mamma Mia! and Dave Landis on The Country House, Nichols has spent her 20 years in the business on stage, with no real plans to refocus. "It took me so long to say yes," she says, happy that she did. "I love it. Actors look at you differently when you're on that side of the stage."

As a performer, Nichols has made notable appearances in plays and musicals like August: Osage County and Violet. Seidel is a New York-based playwright whose dark comedy Catch the Butcher was a 2015 New York Times Critics' Pick.

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

News Blog

Meet the New Blue Suede Brigade

Fly On The Wall Blog

How Much News is on the News: A Guns & Bunnies Web Extra

Intermission Impossible

August Wilson's Metaphysical "Gem of the Ocean" Opens at The Hattiloo

Politics Beat Blog

Two Bites from the Thursday Night Smorgasbord

News Blog

Photo Contest Focuses on Memphis Bikes

News Blog

Live at the Garden guests prepare to party

News Blog

Bike Lanes and Plazas to Pop Up Downtown

Intermission Impossible

Nuremberg Revisited: An Indie Theater Company Does its Homework

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation