Playwright Robert Caisley, pictured, recalls participating in a playwrights’ workshop at London’s Royal Court Theater led by Harold Pinter, and one of the students asked whether Pinter’s new play, which had just premiered on the West End, was a comedy or a drama. “All my plays are comedies,” Pinter responded, “until they stop being comedies.” Caisley remembered that line when he sat down to write his play “Happy,” a dark comedy about a contented man who’s forced to confront the possibility that his personal happiness is either a façade or a coping mechanism. Tonight, Idaho Repertory Theatre at the University of Idaho, where Caisley serves as head of the dramatic writing program, will host a staged reading of the play, and it’s the first time it has been performed in any capacity in Idaho. “Happy” concerns a middle-age man named Alfred, who, by his own account, is extraordinarily happy/Nathan Weinbender, SR Spokane 7. More here.
Question: Do you consider yourself to be happy?