Two-Time Oscar Winner Dianne Wiest and Jarlath Conroy Star in Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS at Yale Rep, April 29 – May 21

Two-Time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest and Jarlath Conroy star in Samuel Beckett’s two-hander HAPPY DAYS, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy, April 29-May 21 at Yale Repertory Theatre. Opening Night is set for Thursday, May 5. Yale Repertory Theatre is located at 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street) in New Haven, CT.

Dianne Wiest and Jarlath ConroyHAPPY DAYS includes scenic design by Izmir Ickbal, costumes by Alexae Visel, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, sound design by Kate Marvin, movement coaching by Jessica Wolf, dramaturgy by Catherine Sheehy and Nahuel Telleria, and stage management by Kelly Montgomery.

HAPPY DAYS is described as: “With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit.”

Tickets for HAPPY DAYS range from $20-99 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

JARLATH CONROY (WILLIE) previously appeared at Yale Rep in Hamlet with Paul Giamatti in 2013. His Broadway credits include The Seagull; The Weir; The Iceman Cometh; On the Waterfront; Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Visit; Ghetto; Macbeth; and Comedians. His Off-Broadway credits include, The Coward, A Man of No Importance, Pigtown, A Life, Our Lady of Sligo, A Couple of Blaguards, Gardenia, the American premiere of Translations, and The Matchmaker. His regional theatre credits include Outside Mullingar; The Homecoming; Da; The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award); Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award); Henry V (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Faith Healer; Molly Sweeney; Twelfth Night; Ah, Wilderness!; The Plough and the Stars; and A Christmas Carol. At the Royal Court: Cromwell and Hamlet. He has also directed productions of True West and Human Resources. His film and television appearances include Putzel, True Grit (2010), The Art of Getting By, Across the Universe, Kinsey, Stay, Day of the Dead, Heaven’s Gate, “Law & Order: SVU,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Knick,” “The Beat,” “Summer,” and “A Marriage: O’Keeffe and Stieglitz”.

Jarlath Conroy and Paul Giamatti celebrate at opening night party of Yale Rep's Hamlet in New Haven, CT on March 21, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang
Jarlath Conroy and Paul Giamatti celebrate at opening night party of Yale Rep’s Hamlet in New Haven, CT on March 21, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

DIANNE WIEST (WINNIE) previously appeared at Yale Rep in Hedda Gabler and A Doll House. Her New York theatre credits include Rasheeda Speaking (The New Group), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Arthur Miller’s All My Sons on Broadway, The Seagull (CSC), Third, Memory House, Salome and Oedipus with Al Pacino, The Shawl, Hunting Cockroaches, After the Fall, Beyond Therapy, and The Art of Dining. Her film credits include Five Nights in Maine; Sisters; The Humbling; Synecdoche, New York; A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints; Hannah and Her Sisters (Academy Award); The Purple Rose of Cairo; Radio Days; September; Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award); Parenthood (Academy Award nomination); Rabbit Hole; FootlooseEdward Scissorhands; and The Birdcage. She received Emmy Awards for her performances in “The Road to Avonlea” and the HBO series “In Treatment” and currently appears in the CBS series “Life in Pieces”. Ms. Wiest is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers and musicians. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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