All Our Happy Days Are Stupid

Suburban Beast' s All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, by Sheila Heti, had it's World Premiere in Toronto October 24 - November 3 at Videofag. It was subsequently presented by Harbourfront Centre's World Stage February 11-14, 2015 and by McSweeney's and Warby Parker at The Kitchen in New York City, from February 19 - 28, 2015. The production lived in three very different sold-out spaces: The cast played first to audiences of 35 people, then to Toronto houses of 350 people, and finally to crowds of 150 New Yorkers. The colour images above are from the 2015 production and the black and white images are from the first incarnation in 2013. 

Photos above: © Paula Court, Samuel Choisy, Erin Brubacher and Jordan Tannahill. 

ALL OUR HAPPY DAYS ARE STUPID by Sheila Heti, Songs by Dan Bejar 

Directed by Jordan Tannahill with Erin Brubacher

Featuring Erin Brubacher, Alexander CarsonHenri FabergeNick Hune-BrownKayla LoretteBecky JohnsonJon McCurley, Michael McManus, Meghan Swaby, Naomi Skwarna, Anne Wessels, Carl Wilson and Lorna Wright.

Stage Manager, Laura Hendrickson

Production Manager, Zack Russell

Set Designer, Rae Powell

Lighting Designer, Zack Russell

Costume Designer, Juliann Wilding

Sheila Heti's debut play All Our Happy Days Are Stupid. Featuring songs by Dan Bejar (Destroyer, The New Pornographers), is an irreverent and gut-punching critique of the pursuit of happiness. The play's surreal narrative follows The Oddis and the Sings, two families on vacation in Paris, France. But far from the blissful respite they seek, their holidays become their undoing. Heti's struggle to write this infamously 'unproduceable' play over the past ten years is one of the central plot-lines in her internationally heralded novel How Should a Person Be? The original Videofag production was nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the Independent Theatre Division: Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play (Sheila Heti), Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Scenic Design (Rae Powell).

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The original production at Videofag was made by the following team:

Directed by Jordan Tannahill with Erin Brubacher

Featuring: Erin Brubacher, Alexander CarsonHenri FabergeNick Hune-BrownKayla LoretteBecky JohnsonJon McCurley, Michael McManus, Meghan Swaby, Naomi Skwarna, Anne Wessels, Carl Wilson and Lorna Wright, with Nancy Bocock.

Producer, Renna Reddie 
Stage Manager, Laura Hendrickson
Set Designer, Rae Powell
Lighting Designer, Zack Russell
Costume Designer, Jordan Tannahill
Carpenter, Ben Carson