Manhattan Theatre Club
World premiere play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Eric Ting with Francis Jue, Telly Leung, Jennifer Lim, Jodi Long, James Saito, Sue Jin Song
Unwanted from the moment she was born, 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, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system that enriches itself by destroying its own people.
Critically acclaimed when it debuted in a workshop production at London’s National Theatre, The World of Extreme Happiness makes its world premiere in a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. “Hard-hitting and bruisingly funny” (Time Out London), this epic new drama by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is as fierce and unflinching as the world it examines.
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