News of a one-night only performance here in NYC, May 14th. If you're in town, please check it out!
"Dear Friends & Fellow Performers,
I am writing to invite you to my new solo show, Happiness, which has been selected for the One Woman Standing Festival, and will play for one night only, Wednesday May 14th, at 9:00 pm. The performance will take place at the Payan Theater in the Roy Arias Theater Center, located at 300 West 43rd Street, at 8th Ave.
I will be performing the full, sixty-minute version of Happiness for the first time, with a forum for audience feedback after the show.
I would love it if you could be there, and your feedback would be enormously valuable. Please come, if you can. Bring your mom, bring a friend, bring your Verizon network gang -- tickets are only $10, for sixty minutes of the performing arts (!). A bargain in my book, considering that barely buys a large latte and a scone in our fair city.
Happiness is drawn from my experience of having a sick child, of living amid the dying, and returning to ordinary life. It's about human fragility and regenerative power, and about looking for happiness in the nooks and crannies of a dark time, or wherever it might be hiding.
I'm pasting in a link for tickets and reservations below, and a longer description of the show.
Hope to see you there, and thanks so much for your support.
"Happiness" is a highly kinetic one-woman show about a child's passage from life-threatening illness to health. It explores the euphoria and fear we face as physical beings, both immensely fragile and regenerative. Along the way, we encounter characters who struggle to find peace in their physical selves including: Gandhi, who rejoices that in limbo he can at last eat; a homeless Russian dissident who fears that it is his past, and not the wind, which keeps snatching his hat; and a young girl who takes breath after breath, against her will, on a ventilator. These characters share a fixation with the possibilities and limitations of the physical body, and a fascination with the elusive happiness they believe exists beyond their own skin.
Heather Harpham's performance work has been described by the New York Times as possessing "sly inherent humor," and as "bewitching." Her performance style synthesizes the physical eloquence of dance with the emotional power of theater to create a narrative hyper reality where the ordinary and the surreal entwine.