The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
738 NORTH 5TH AVENUE, TUCSON, AZ, 85705
Innocence, Voyeurism & Public Love
Find love and scandal in The Scoundrel & Scamp's witty and heartbreaking comedy, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is. The concluding play of our Studio Series, Happiness will be shown in our intimate 30-seat space. The Studio Series offers bare bones storytelling with risky, cutting edge theater not found elsewhere in Tucson.
There is a Happiness That Morning Is runs March 15th - April 1st and is best enjoyed by a mature audience (18+).
"If the American theater harbors a precedent for Mickle Maher's astonishing 2011 play There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, I've never found it…"
—The Chicago Reader
What's all the fuss?
The morning after a highly inappropriate display of public passion on the lawn of their college campus, two Blake scholars find themselves in front of their classes, faced with an ultimatum: apologize or else.
The comedy is crafted in the form of two lectures in rhyming verse: the first by Bernard (John Keeney), a middle-aged folk musician turned scholar, on Blake's Songs of Innocence, and second by his lover, Ellen (India Osborne), a reputable Ph.D. on Blake's Songs of Experience. Their relationship crumbles in front of us, their class, as their lectures devolve into the deeply personal.
A comedy that touches on themes of innocence, freedom, voyeurism, and, yes, the nature of happiness, There Is A Happiness That Morning Is "demonstrates Maher's singular ability to push a dry, intellectually rigorous academic exercise so far that it cracks, yielding absurd comedy and searing revelations on the transience of life and love." —The Chicago Reader
Don't miss out on your chance to see this amazing production—seating is limited! Buy your tickets online or call our Box Office at (520) 448-3300.
Next on our MainStage -
The End of the World As We Know It.
Seven days after a cataclysmic event, survivors gather around a fire and find comfort in retelling the stories of Itchy and Scratchy, Bart and Lisa, Homer and Marge.
Seven years later - electric power a fading memory - the episodes and commercials survive among theatrical troupes as oral tradition.
Seventy years later, the tales - now musical pageant - are imbued with religious significance for a society still reeling from near extinction.
Mr. Burns: A post-electric play won the 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.
The New York Times compared Mr. Burns to Boccaccio's The Decameron and the grand musical finale was described by Vulture Magazine as "equal parts Brecht and Bart, Homer and the other Homer."
Mr. Burns: A post-electric play runs from April 12-22 in our MainStage theater.
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