World of Extreme Happiness Begins Performances at the Goodman Sept. 13 | Playbill

News World of Extreme Happiness Begins Performances at the Goodman Sept. 13 The Goodman Theatre's production of The World of Extreme Happiness, penned by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (a world-premiere co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club), begins performances Sept. 13.

Jennifer Lim
Jennifer Lim

Directed by Eric Ting, The World of Extreme Happiness will play through Oct. 12 in the Owen Theatre.

Both the Chicago and New York runs of Extreme Happiness feature Jennifer Lim as Sunny, a young woman who leaves her family behind for the promise of a new life under the bright neon lights of Shenzhen; Ruy Iskandar, Francis Jue, Jodi Long, Jo Mei and Donald Li.

"Unwanted from the moment she’s born," press notes state, "Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity 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, her 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 design team includes Mimi Lien (set), Mihail Fiksel (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Tyler Micoleau (lighting). Kim Osgood is the production stage manager.

For tickets call (312) 443-3800 or visit

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