The Yale Repertory Theatre production of




Directed by JAMES BUNDY

April 23, 2017 – May 28, 2017


Ms. Wiest’s Winnie is like nature’s plaything, knocked about and childlike…an abused woman, clinging to what abuses her, which in this case is life. She shows us what a deeply womanly role Beckett has written, albeit one whose tragedy is refracted through a distorting lens…Ms. Wiest has called the play a ‘Hamlet for women.’” 
– Jesse Green, The New York TimesCRITIC’S PICK

“★★★★…Beautiful…an affecting revival…Dianne Wiest is wonderful…
moments of bitter self-awareness pass like clouds over Winnie’s determined sunniness,
enriching the play’s absurdism with plangent notes of deep feeling.” 
– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York, CRITIC’S PICK

“A powerful performance…a deeply unsettling production.”
– Edward Rothstein, The Wall Street Journal

“Dianne Wiest is terrific.” – The New Yorker

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: May 8 – 14

“A must-see play…the best interpretation of the heartily harrowing role I’ve ever witnessed.
Wiest conveys the ravages of time superbly as well as disturbingly.”
– David Finkle, The Huffington Post

“Miraculous…illuminating direction by James Bundy…Dianne Wiest is especially translucent…
Jarlath Conroy is remarkable and shockingly funny.”
– David Tereshchuk, The Huffington Post

“Endlessly resonant…A marvelous performance, full of humor and pathos…Wiest’s Winnie is one for the ages…
Wiest and Conroy succeed in creating endearing chemistry onstage in marvelous moments of theater magic.”
– Pete Hempstead, Theatermania

“Dianne Wiest handles the role with awe-inspiring artistry…Wiest is mesmerizing in Beckett’s funny and deeply moving work about bravery, endurance and the cruel futility of human existence.
She is a magnificent presence onstage, vibrant and vulnerable, a buoyant soul pinned down but not vanquished by the imprisoning earth.”
– Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

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HAPPY DAYS: Production Photos

The Yale Repertory Theatre Production of HAPPY DAYS

HAPPY DAYS: First Rehearsal

First Rehearsal of HAPPY DAYS