The Happiest Song Plays Last

The Happiest Song Plays Last

LATC Artwork for  The Happiest Song Plays Last

LATC Artwork for The Happiest Song Plays Last

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The Happiest Song Plays Last creative team (from l to r): Jessica Wolinsky (Asst Director), Vaneh Assadourian (Shar), Peter Pasco (Elliot), Elisa Bocanegra (Yaz), Al Rodrigo (Agustín), John Seda-Pitre (Lefty), Nelson Gonzalez (Guest Musician), Edward Torres (Director), Quiara Alegría Hudes (Playwright), and Kamal Marayati (Ali).

The Happiest Song Plays Last creative team (from l to r): Jessica Wolinsky (Asst Director), Vaneh Assadourian (Shar), Peter Pasco (Elliot), Elisa Bocanegra (Yaz), Al Rodrigo (Agustín), John Seda-Pitre (Lefty), Nelson Gonzalez (Guest Musician), Edward Torres (Director), Quiara Alegría Hudes (Playwright), and Kamal Marayati (Ali).

February 17 - March 19, 2018 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center

A Co-Production with CTG and the Latino Theater Company 

By Quiara Hudes

Directed by Edward Torres

Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last chronicles a year in the life of two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world. At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, Elliot, an Iraq War veteran, struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin, Yasmin, takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

“Speaks to our hearts and souls” - Broadway World

“MASTERFUL… emotionally rich… many moments of satisfaction” - People's World

“A JOY TO EXPERIENCE… stirring performances… a play with audience appeal performed by actors who feel their parts in their bones…A MUST-SEE PRODUCTION.” - L.A. Splash