THE MICHENER CENTER FOR WRITERS
at the University of Texas at Austin
presents a reading of
The Happy Ones
by Julie Marie Myatt, Fall 2010 Michener Residency Author
Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302, southeast corner of 24th & Speedway on theUT Campus
Orange County, California, 1975. For appliance salesman Walter Wells, it’s the happiest place on earth. He has a beautiful wife. Two great kids. A house with a pool. Contentment. Until fate strikes a devastating blow, leaving Walter with no reason to put the pieces of his life back together. He resists attempts to help, especially the unexpected — and unwanted — o er from a Vietnamese refugee named Bao Ngo, who bears his own sorrows. Across a cultural divide, Walter and Bao each look to the other for a way back, if not to happiness, then at least to peace.
Julie Marie Myatt’s The Happy Ones is the winner of the Ted Schmitt Award from the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle honoring an outstanding new play . Her other recent work includes Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before being performed at the Kennedy Center in DC; My Wandering Boy; Sex Habits of American Women; and Boats on a River. Her plays The Joy of Having a Body, Zealot, and Mr. and Mrs. are all published by Playscripts,Inc.
A member of New Dramatists, Myatt lives in Los Angeles.