The Happiness Lecture

Philadelphia Theatre Company


The Philadelphia Theatre Company commissioned Tony Award-winning actor/clown Bill Irwin to create, develop, and perform The Happiness Lecture, a new work combining movement, music, and puppets resembling the actor himself. Among Mr. Irwin's inspirations for the piece was theater critic John Lahr's claim that "Frivolity is the species's refusal to suffer." The project was developed with Philadelphia-based actors and dancers during a series of workshops and premiered in 2008 during the company's inaugural season in their new permanent performance home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.