“As this fine production and Ms. Wiest's fearless performance attest...it remains one of the most unsettling and unforgettable plays in the modern canon.” - NY Times
“An entrancingly funny, ultimately harrowing performance...Ms. Wiest makes a mouthwatering match for the role.” - NY Times
The Yale Repertory Theatre production of
By SAMUEL BECKETT
Featuring DIANNE WIEST and JARLATH CONROY
Directed by JAMES BUNDY
April 23, 2017 – May 28, 2017
Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett‘s masterpiece Happy Days. Buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth, Winnie is considered modern drama’s pinnacle female role, an endlessly fascinating spirit of buoyant resourcefulness and unassuming grace in the face of inevitable oblivion. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, compassionate and ferocious, this extraordinary Happy Days, which also features Jarlath Conroy as Willie, originated at Yale Repertory Theatre and is staged by James Bundy, its artistic director.
Dianne Wiest is one of this country’s great artists, with a dedication to both stage and screen spanning four decades. No other American actor has sustained a distinguished theater career, continually performing the world’s greatest playwrights, staged by some of theater’s greatest directors, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theaters, while simultaneously achieving a celebrated television and film career. Ms. Wiest has received Obie and Clarence Derwent Awards and nominations for Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations. In film, her honors include two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe; for her work in television, she has been awarded two Emmys.
Join us for our free post-show conversations with artists and scholars that will take place after the
Sunday matinee performances on May 7 and May 14.
Join us for a party after the evening performance on Sunday, April 30.
Every ticket purchased to that evening performance includes a drink ticket for use at the party.
HAPPY DAYS: Production Photos
HAPPY DAYS: First Rehearsal
Pictured: James Bundy, photo by Joan Marcus; Dianne Wiest, photo by Serge Nivelle