MTC's World of Extreme Happiness Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

News   MTC's World of Extreme Happiness Opens Off-Broadway Tonight Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World of Extreme Happiness, a Manhattan Theatre Club world-premiere co-production with Chicago's Goodman Theatre, officially opens Feb. 24 at New York City Center – Stage I, following previews that began Feb. 3. Performances Off-Broadway continue through March 28.

Telly Leung
Telly Leung Photo by Lesley Bohm Photography

The World of Extreme Happiness received critical acclaim following its world premiere in Chicago. 

The cast includes "Glee" actor Telly LeungChinglish star Jennifer Lim, Francis Jue (M. Butterfly, "The Good Wife"),  Joe Mei ("A Picture of You"), James Saito (Golden Child, "Life of Pi") and Sue Jin Song (Hot 'n Throbbing). Obie Award-winner Eric Ting directs.

The World of Extreme Happiness centers on Sunny (Lim), a tenacious young woman who is determined to escape life in rural China by finding a job in the city: "As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people."

The creative team includes Mimi Lien (scenic design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design) and Mikhail Fiksel (sound design).

Tickets are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or online by visiting nycitycenter.org. MTC's New York City Center – Stage 1 is located at 131 West 55th St., New York.

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