Wheelhouse Theater Company celebrated the official opening of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1970 play Happy Birthday, Wanda June in The Duke on 42nd Street October 23. The production, directed by Jeffrey Wise, moved into The Duke October 18 following a critically acclaimed and extended run in the Gene Frankel Theater downtown.
The story of a war veteran and big game hunter who returns home after almost a decade, Happy Birthday, Wanda June offers a searing and darkly comic look at American culture, capitalism, and toxic masculinity.
The cast is made up of Craig Wesley Divino, Finn Faulconer, Matt Harrington, Kareem Lucas, Kate MacCluggage, Jason O’Connell, Charlotte Wise, and Brie Zimmer.
Read reviews for Happy Birthday, Wanda Jun (including reviews from the original spring run) below.
Performances of Happy Birthday, Wanda June 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.