The Happiest Song Plays Last
At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.
The Happiest Song Plays Last will be presented as part of the “Elliot Trilogy” in collaboration with Teatro Paraguas and Adobe Rose Theatre. Make sure to see all three! First, Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue at Teatro Paraguas, then the Pulitzer Prize Winning Water by the Spoonful at Adobe Rose, and finally Santa Fe Playhouse closes out the trilogy with The Happiest Song Plays Last.
“Intensely engaging new drama. Hudes’ story not only comes with the unmistakable whiff of authenticity but conveys how none of our lives are entirely ordinary, and how small stuff actually connects to all kinds of big stuff, be it matters of global import, community progress or the cliches of Hollywood representation. Hudes is a very accomplished storyteller, a playwright with an emergent, fulsome American narrative.”
“As ever, Hudes’ writing is poetic but wry, full of swagger and poetry. Oh, how the lines sing.”
–Time Out NY
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