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.
OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 3, 2019
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.
UPCOMING AUDITIONS JULY 29 & AUGUST 12, 2019!
The Happy Hour Theatre is proud to announce auditions for our second production, WHERE SOULS GROW WILD. We will be casting three fifteen-minute plays with roles for up to 14 actors as well as a small ensemble cast.
Auditions for “Riders to the Sea” will take place on July 29th. Please note that this play will have a longer rehearsal period than the other two due to dialect work.
Auditions for “Trifles” and “Overtones” will take place on August 12th and 13th.
Please use the link below to reserve your audition slot. If you experience trouble with the link or you do not have a Google Account, please email your headshot, resume, and role(s) you are auditioning for to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to form: bit.ly/AuditionHHT
All the one acts are in the public domain and free to read. We have included URLs where you may find each play.
“Riders To the Sea” by John Millington Synge
Directed by Andrew Fridae
Summary: Riders to the Sea focuses on a family living on Inismaan, a rocky, treeless, windswept island off the west coast of Ireland, after they have lost five of the six men in their family to the unrelenting sea. Actors interested in auditioning should be aware that this play calls for the development of accent and dialect in rehearsal. Prior accent work is not a requirement.
Cathleen- daughter to Maurya, trying to protect her mother from grief, mid-20s
Nora- daughter to Maurya, helpful to her mother and sister, teens - early 20s
Bartley- son to Maurya, determined to carry on, 20s - 30s
Maurya- Mother of eight, five of which are dead. At the end of a hard life, 60s
Ensemble men and women
“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
Directed by Shenandoah Kehoe
Summary: “Farmer John Wright has been murdered. While he was asleep in the middle of the night, someone strung a rope around his neck. Shockingly, that someone might have been his wife, the quiet and forlorn Minnie Wright.” Written in 1916, Susan Glaspell’s one act explores the expectations and stereotypes of wives in 1900s rural America, combining the tension of a murder mystery with subtle social commentary, and features strong female protagonists who find a shared solidarity and understanding as they uncover clues to the case together.
Mr. Peters, the sheriff: a straightforward man who can be unintentionally condescending at times, late 20s - 50s
Mr. Henderson, the county attorney: a younger man eager to do his job diligently, 20s - 40s
Mr. Hale, a neighbor: a pleasant and well-meaning man who can be long-winded, 30s - 50s
Mrs. Hale, wife of Mr. Hale: a smart, compassionate and confidant woman, 30s - 50s
Mrs. Peters, wife of Sheriff Peters: a nervous but intelligent and caring woman, late 20s - 50s
“Overtones” by Alice Gerstenberg
Directed by Claudia Wrazel
Summary: Harriet and Margaret used to be romantic rivals, but many years later, they are settled, serene society matrons. Or are they? In this 1913 play by Alice Gerstenberg, the women meet again for a gracious afternoon tea, but their polite conversation is nearly run off the rails by the emergence of their raw, inner selves. They struggle to maintain the roles society has dictated for them as their authentic needs and desires literally fight to be heard.
HARRIET and MARGARET: High-status women with cultured manners suited to New York City high society in 1913. Late 20's - 50's, but age-contemporary with each other.
HETTY and MAGGIE: These women portray Harriet's and Margaret's inner selves in all their vulnerability and yearning. They are blunt, emotional, needy, and utterly lacking in social graces. Late 20's - 50's, but age-contemporary with each other AND either age-contemporary with, or younger than, Harriet and Margaret.
West Sacramento Community Center Black Box (on second floor)
1075 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento
Monday, July 29
Monday, August 12
Callbacks: Tuesday, August 13
August 1 - October 12. Required tech days: October 14-17, 29 (7:00-10:00)
Rehearsal date information: Each play will rehearse once a week (Sundays through Thursdays only, between 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM) in a location and day that works with cast and director availability.
October 18, 19, 25, 26, (8:00pm) and 27 (2:00pm) (Black Box Theater in West Sacramento)
November 3 (7:00 pm at The Palms Playhouse in Winters).
CHRISTI VAN EYKEN, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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 KEHOE, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR: TRIFLES
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, DIRECTOR: RIDERS TO THE SEA
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, DIRECTOR: OVERTONES
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.)
THE SELF-UNSEEING, APRIL 2019