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Happy in the Poorhouse

Author: Derek Ahonen

Happy in the Poorhouse

Description: A raucous, irreverent, action-packed comedy about chasing after dreams even when you’ve got a black eye and a broken spirit.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/8/2012
Content Advisory: Adult Language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 7 Males


NOTE: Happy in the Poorhouse is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to deahonen@hotmail.com.

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Dysfunctional Families · Fight Sequences · Large Cast Size · Mostly Male Characters · Philosophy · Romance · Single Set · Tearjerker

This play is in the following collections: The Amoralists

Original Production Information

Happy in the Poorhouse was first presented by The Amoralists from March 11 – April 26, 2010, at Theatre 80 in New York City with the following cast and credits:

Mary: Sarah Lemp
Paulie “The Pug”: James Kautz
Joey: Matthew Pilieci
Penny: Rochelle Mikulich
Olga: Selene Beretta
Sonny: Matt Fraley
Sally: Mark Riccadonna
Flossie: Meghan Ritchie
Petie “The Pit”: William Apps
Stevie: Nick Lawson
Larry “The Lab”: Patrick McDaniel

Director: Derek Ahonen
Assistant Director: Dan Lockhart
Production Stage Manager: Judy Merrick
Set Design: Alfred Schatz
Fight Choreographer: Alfred Schatz
Lighting Design: Jeremy Pape
Costume Designe: Ricky Lang
Sound Design: The Hernandez Brothers
Spiritual Advisor: Larry Cobra