The Happiest Song Plays Last

On a movie set in Jordan, an Iraq War veteran relives his trauma while filming a war-themed blockbuster. In a humble kitchen in North Philadelphia, a woman feeds her hungry neighbors and falls in love with a local songsmith. One cousin finds herself in the middle of community tragedy as the other hitchhikes across the border on the eve of the Egyptian Revolution. A tale of two young adults who cross the globe in search of redemption, humility, and their place in the world, set to beautiful folkloric Puerto Rican songs.

Tanya Palmer, Eddie Torres, and Hudes in workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
Nelson Gonzales plays traditional Puerto Rican folk music in workshop at the O'Neill

Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre

Production and Development History

Upcoming world premiere at The Goodman Theatre (12/13 season)