We're bringing Beckett in February
Coming in February to the District Theatre - 627 Massachusettes Ave., Indianapolis
H A P P Y   D A Y S
A PLAY IN TWO ACTS BY SAMUEL BECKETT
Feb 23 @ 7:30 Feb 24 @ 7:30 with post show discussion Feb 25 @ 7:30 Feb 26 @ 2:30
Tickets $20 - @indydistricttheatre.org, or click the link at the bottom of the page.
At the sound of a piercing bell, Winnie wakes and exclaims, “Another heavenly day!” Even though she is buried up to her waist in a mound of earth, Winnie – ever the optimist- goes about her day without acknowledging her precarious position. She brushes her teeth, puts on lipstick, reminisces, and references great works of literature that she has read; but she can no longer remember the lines that inspired her. Her source of comfort and inspiration, and all her “happy days” are the items in her seemingly bottomless bag, her thoughts, and the presence of her companion, Willie.
Says Kate Duffy of her character, “There’s an unfortunate myth that Beckett’s work is dense or inaccessible. At at the end of the day, Winnie is just a middle aged woman coming to terms with relationships and the passing of time. What could be more relatable and universal?”
Although Happy Days is one of Beckett’s most whimsical works, it continues his relentless search for the meaning of existence, combing the tenuous relationships that bind one person to another, and each to the universe, to time past and present. Happy Days is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the most important writers in twentieth century literature and drama, was born in Foxrock, Ireland, and attended Trinity College Dublin. In 1969 Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for having “transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation.”
Clerical Error Productions is proud to be bringing Happy Days, a classic of modern theatre that has nonetheless received few, if any, productions locally over its life, to Indianapolis audiences.
Meet the cast and production team
Kate Duffy — Winnie
Kate Duffy is co-founder, CEO, and head writer for Clerical Error Productions. Since retiring from the IUPUI Department of English, she has sung, danced, and performed dramatic roles, stand up comedy, and storytelling. Her favorite role is the tea-slinging Mrs. O’Boyle, housekeeper to the dissolute priests on Perpendicular Island in CEP’s Father Ned series. Kate has had six original plays produced in the Indianapolis area and draws on her Irish heritage for characters, subjects, and themes.
David Mosedale — Willie
David Mosedale is experiencing happy days doing his first Beckett with Clerical Error. Indianapolis credits include Pellinore/Merlin in Camelot with Indianapolis Opera, Wargrave in And Then There Were None with Civic Theatre, Jacob Klein in Triangle with Q Artistry, Sgt. O’Brien in Dial M for Murder with IRT, The Jungle Book at the Lilly Theatre, as Lear in King Lear and the Duke in Measure for Measure through BardFest, and Marley and Old Joe in A Christmas Carol and Captain Brackett in South Pacific at Beef and Boards. Thanks as always to his longsuffering stage widow, Dianna.
Jon Lindley — Director
Jon Lindley, CEP secretary, appeared at Lilly Theatre at The Children’s Museum (as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow), Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival, InterAction Theatre, Genesis Theatre Company, and in over a dozen productions at Phoenix Theatre, including Reckless, Woman in Mind, Stuff Happens, and Some Men. Jon toured the U.S. and Canada with the groundbreaking Omaha Magic Theatre. On returning to Indiana, he began his own company, Pan-Arts Theatre, where he produced and directed challenging experimental works, including Struck Dumb and Hamletmachine.
Stacy Long — Assistant Director, Stage Manager
Stacy is honored to be working with Clerical Error Productions again after appearing in their 2022 production of Becky Schlomann’s one act Dolly. She has previously been in shows at Buck Creek Players and Center Stage Community Theatre. She is an Indy local who lives with her boyfriend, dog, and cat.
William Fisher — Post Show Discussion Facilitator
Currently Professor of Theatre at Butler University, he has devised and directed performance work, designed and led training programs, and taught in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Zagreb, Hamburg, and Reykjavik.