from Emily Owens

BrouHaHa is an existential escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like Fellini’s La Strada and Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. In this devised, clown-esque piece, Happenstance Theater's troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. This timely show appeals to audiences of any age.

The ensemble cast will feature Gwen Grastorf, Karen Hansen (Winner, 2017 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Direction), Mark Jaster (Winner, 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon with Lighting Design by Kris Thompson and Costume Design by Sabrina Mandell (Winner, 2016 & 2017 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design).

BrouHaHa has been performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Staunton Music Festival, Celebration Barn, NextNOW Festival at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, NY Clown Theatre Festival in Brooklyn, Capital Fringe Festival, Reston CenterStage and St. Mary’s College. It was developed with a grant from the Morgan Fund and by support from the Share fund. This will be the show’s New York City Premiere.

WHERE: Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets)
WHEN: January 4-21 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional performance on Monday, January 15 at 8pm
TICKETS: $25 General Admission $15 Students/Seniors
BOX OFFICE: 212-868-4444

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Our ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of our work from concept to realization. We harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in works that address eternal themes of life and death. With the simplest means - humor, music, silence, text and beauty - we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often found by happenstance.
In 2016 Happenstance received three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2017 Happenstance received two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Musical Direction.
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