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The Happy Hour Theatre creates opportunities for theatre artists to undertake new challenges and expand their ability to make compelling theatre.

The Happy Hour Theatre is a new theatre company founded in 2018. Our company helps developing artists learn and grow and encourages experienced artists to tackle new challenges. By fostering the theatrical education and training of community members we want to help keep theatre alive for the next generation of Yolo and Sacramento County performers.

Our productions run approximately one hour in length, consisting of a collection of polished short pieces. We plan to produce original works written by community members as well as published pieces in order to give local playwrights a place to bring their words to life. We select all our pieces with the goal of presenting exciting, relevant, and engaging theater that challenges and intrigues performers and audiences alike.

Following each of our performances, our audience is invited to join us for a “happy hour” to socialize with our company members, provide feedback, share ideas, or find out how to become involved.

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WHERE SOULS GROW WILD: A THEATRICAL TRIPTYCH reveals the human spirit struggling against formidable odds. At the center of each of three short plays are women raging, bending, and breaking against the inescapable structures and demands of their lives. Trapped by worlds in which they have little power, the souls of these women are driven to wildness as they fight for survival and happiness. Although each of these pieces was written over 100 years ago, the struggle for women to achieve power, fulfillment, and self-determination feels strikingly relevant today. WHERE SOULS GROW WILD weaves poetry and original music amongst the three plays for a moving and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Audiences are invited to join cast and crew for a happy hour after each performance to discuss the show and future Happy Hour Theatre endeavors.

October 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8:00PM and October 27 at 2:00PM at the West Sacramento Community Center Black Box Theater.

November 3 at 7:00PM at The Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA.



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OCTOBER 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8:00PM, OCTOBER 27 at 2:00PM



NOVEMBER 3 at 7:00PM



Our team



Christi van Eyken studied theatre at the University of California, San Diego, and has experience in performance, stage management, scenic design, and scenic carpentry. She earned a 2018 Elly Award nomination for her portrayal of Portia in The Merchant of Venice, with City Theatre. Other local acting credits include Celia in As You Like It and Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Susie Monican in The Silver Tassie and Marcella Washburn in The Music Man with City Theatre, and Isabella in Measure for Measure and Regan in King Lear with Wildflower Women’s Ensemble.



Shenandoah is a high school English teacher who hopes to keep theater arts alive for her students. She studied theater and dance at Sacramento State University and has experience directing, choreographing, performing, and designing lights. While teaching in Japan, Shenandoah helped perform and write an original work titled The Teleportation Project with Yokohama Theatre Group. Recent local acting credits include Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice and Mrs. Foran in The Silver Tassie with City Theatre, and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors and the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival.



Andrew Fridae is an interdisciplinary theater artist who has worked as a performer, director, and educator. Performance credits include Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice with City Theatre in Sacramento, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre in Portland, OR, (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Zen Shorts, in collaboration with Rogue Artists Ensemble), and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes with the Northwest Children’s Theatre, where he also worked as a theatre educator. In recent years, he has developed as a director with Winter Theatre Company, directing Circle Mirror Transformation, and with the Winters Shakespeare workshop directing The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.



Claudia Wrazel is excited to direct Overtones, one of three short plays making up Where Souls Grow Wild. Currently, she writes and directs an annual show for the Inns of Court, and recently directed a middle-school production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. She also has been privileged to perform some classic women’s roles, including Kate Keller in All My Sons, Lavinia Penniman in The Heiress, Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Flo Owens in Picnic. (In a refreshing twist of gender and species, she also got to play Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, Jr.)




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Happy Hour Theatre is accepting submissions for original plays! Our third production will be a collection of new, short works by local playwrights. We are asking people to create works based on a central theme and prompt, and we will select four plays that will form our one-hour spring 2020 production, THE PANOPTICON. 

The Prompt:

The Panopticon was conceived as a prison, but over centuries it has become a metaphor for our right to information about the world and the people in it. 

We live in a time in which true privacy is rapidly diminishing. Frequently, we revel in the visibility and the connection that our digital society allows. But we’re also put off by technology that targets our every whim with ads, and deeply concerned by data breaches that reveal how vulnerable our digital existences can be. And in places like China, where facial recognition technology is being used to track ethnic minorities, the darkest potential of the panopticon has become a reality.

What is privacy in the social media age? Is privacy a right or a privilege? Which is more important: information and equal access, or privacy and security? Explore an idea related to any of these questions in a ten to fifteen-minute play.

Additional instructions:

• Please limit your piece to 2-4 actors (double-casting is fine).

• We encourage you to create characters that specifically call for diverse casting 

• Please consider settings that can be conveyed minimally with a limited budget

• We encourage comedic as well as dramatic explorations of this theme 

*Note that depending on the formatting, a page of text usually amounts to two minutes of stage time. Please time your final script before submitting to ensure your piece will qualify.

Submission information:

• Send your work to as a PDF or Word file with your contact information

• Deadline: December 1, 2019

If your play is selected, please expect to participate in one or two rehearsals so that you may answer questions for the director and cast. These rehearsals are generally in the evening and any subsequent attendance at rehearsals will be by invitation from the director. Each writer whose play is selected will receive compensation for the use of their work.

Please contact us with any questions!




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Auditions for our 2nd production, WHERE SOULS GROW WILD, have passed.

Please stay tuned to learn about auditions for our 3rd production, coming April of 2020!


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