Happy Birthday, Wanda June Opens at The Duke Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Happy Birthday, Wanda June Opens at The Duke Off-Broadway
 
The Wheelhouse Theater Company production, which played an extended run downtown, opens October 23.
Kate MacCluggage and Matt Harrington in Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Kate MacCluggage and Matt Harrington in Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Wheelhouse Theater Company's revival of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1970 play Happy Birthday, Wanda June officially opens at The Duke on 42nd Street October 23. The production, which began previews October 18, previously played in the Gene Frankel Theater, where it received critical acclaim and extended its run by five weeks.

Jason O'Connell, Kate MacCluggage, and Matt Harrington in Happy Birthday Wanda June
Jason O'Connell, Kate MacCluggage, and Matt Harrington in Happy Birthday Wanda June Jeremy Daniel

Jeffrey Wise directs a cast made up of Craig Wesley Divino, Finn Faulconer, Matt Harrington, Kareem Lucas, Kate MacCluggage, Jason O’Connell, Charlotte Wise, and Brie Zimmer.

The story of a war veteran and big game hunter who returns home after almost a decade, Happy Birthday, Wanda Jun offers a searing and darkly comic look at American culture, capitalism, and toxic masculinity.

Performances are scheduled through November 29.

The production features scenic design by Brittany Vasta, lighting design by Drew Florida, costume design by Christopher Metzger, and sound design by Mark Van Hare. Paula R. Clarkson is the production stage Manager; David Kenner is the assistant stage manager; the production manager is Drew Francis; and Daniel Demello is the press representative. General management is by Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin, Tim Sulka) with casting by Nora Brennan, CSA.

Vonnegut is a celebrated American writer whose novels include Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions.

For more information on the production, visit WheelhouseTheater.org.

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