Occasional Play Reading Series: "The World of Extreme Happiness"

April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: 
RCAH Theater
362 Bogue Street, Snyder-Phillips Hall
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

On Thursday, April 2, the RCAH community is invited to the Occasional Play Reading Series, a periodic gathering of students, faculty, and staff in the RCAH Theater for reading, improvisation, and conversation. April's selected play is The World of Extreme Happiness, by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Each event in the series is free and will begin at 7 p.m. If you're interested in reading, contact RCAH professor Lisa Biggs in advance at biggslis@msu.edu or at the start of the event.

About The World of Extreme Happiness

When Sunny is born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she's a girl. She survives, and at 14 leaves for the city, where she works a low-paying factory job and attends self-help classes to improve her chances at securing a coveted office position. When Sunny’s attempts to pull herself out of poverty lead to dire consequences for a fellow worker, she is forced to question the system she’s spent her life trying to master—and stand up against the powers that be. Critics describe the piece as “savage,” “tragic” and “desperately funny.”  Cowhig addresses stereotypes about Chinese society and the real pressures put upon families there struggling to make their way.