MTC's World of Extreme Happiness, with Jennifer Lim, Francis Jue and Telly Leung, Begins Previews

News   MTC's World of Extreme Happiness, with Jennifer Lim, Francis Jue and Telly Leung, Begins Previews
 
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World of Extreme Happiness, a Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere co-production with Chicago's Goodman Theatre, begins previews Feb. 3 at New York City Center – Stage I, with an official opening night slated for Feb. 24.

Telly Leung
Telly Leung Photo by Lesley Bohm Photography

Directed by Obie Award winner Eric Ting, The World of Extreme Happiness received critical acclaim following a workshop production at London's National Theatre and made its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where performances ran Sept. 13-Oct. 12, 2014.

Among the cast are "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).

According to MTC, 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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