Previews Apr 7, 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Happy Birthday, Wanda June takes a searing and darkly comedic look at American culture through the brilliantly perverse lens of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harold Ryan, a widely respected war veteran and big-game hunter, returns home after being missing and presumed dead for eight years. He brings with him an old way of thinking, one that celebrates a chauvinist machismo and American exceptionalism. But Harold soon discovers that the society he's returned to has made attempts to progress into a more modern and enlightened cultural narrative. What follows is a dynamic and often hilarious meditation on toxic masculinity and an American capitalist society's failed attempt at progress cloaked in "honor" and "morality" — and how the two are deeply connected. But simply put — and as the first few lines of the play state — "this is a play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don't."