Happy If Happy When

ACT ONE: Have you ever had a dream? Two artists make a plan to leave their city home and move to the country (“Living Your Dream”). Two years later, their five children (Morgan, Jesse, Quinn, Jo, and Teddie) vent their frustration on Mom: they are still living in the city (“When”). After squabbling with Dad, Mom has a back spasm (“Slowly”). Meanwhile, Jesse searches the internet for real estate, and finds an...
ACT ONE: Have you ever had a dream? Two artists make a plan to leave their city home and move to the country (“Living Your Dream”). Two years later, their five children (Morgan, Jesse, Quinn, Jo, and Teddie) vent their frustration on Mom: they are still living in the city (“When”). After squabbling with Dad, Mom has a back spasm (“Slowly”). Meanwhile, Jesse searches the internet for real estate, and finds an old farm for sale (“This Is It”). Ted convinces Mom to take a look ("Slowly"/"When" reprise), but Mom must still convince Dad to visit (“You Move Me”). After a trip to the farm, everyone except Quinn is thrilled and making plans (“Everything I Need to Know); only to discover that the farm they want to buy is unavailable (“Catch the Current”). When the farm unexpectedly comes back on the market, Quinn does not want to leave their city home (“Future in Me”); but everyone else is so excited, Quinn decides to follow the family and move (“Never Stop Creating”). Finally there (“We Are Here”), the family discovers that the farm has its own ideas of what it wants them to be: farmers. Morgan is the first to feel the pull (“Ghosts in the Barn”). Much to Mom and Dad's surprise, Morgan decides s/he needs a cow; Jesse decides s/he needs a horse; Joe some chickens; and Ted, a duck (“Why Not?”). As their household expands, tensions erupt. Jesse and Quinn argue and Quinn runs away ("Future in Me" reprise).

ACT TWO: Meanwhile Jo and Teddie break Morgan’s new lathe and blame each other. Their conflict crescendos into a heated argument between Mom and Dad (“No Dream of Mine”). Jesse runs in crying that their horse is missing – and so is Quinn. The family spreads out, desperate to find Quinn – and Jesse’s horse. In the woods and fields, characters meet each other: Jo and Teddie make up (“Copy Cat”); Jesse finds Quinn and apologizes (“Richer Am I”). Returning home, the kids bond over chore time (“Holy Cow!”), and then discover Jesse’s cat, dead. Quinn notices the cat gave birth to kittens, and in finding them, finds her/his own reason for staying on the farm. Mom and Dad realize that, amidst it all, they are getting what they need to create the art they want to make (“Happy If – Happy When”). The musical ends as the family reflects on their journey, and Quinn affirms that s/he has what s/he needs to move forward in life (“Love Is”).
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Happy If Happy When

Production History

  • Professional
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    Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, LA TEA at the Clemente Theatre, NYC
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    2018
  • Professional
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    New York New Works Theatre Festival, Acorn Theatre, Theatre Row, NYC
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    2018
  • Professional
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    Gene Frankel Theater, 42 Bond Street, NYC, Produced by RINA TEE Productions
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    2018
  • Professional
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    Fort Salem Theater, Salem, NY
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    2017

Awards

Nominated for Most Outstanding Lyrics and Music; Nominated for Most Oustanding Supporting Actress (Kyra Gee)
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Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
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2018