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Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2f, 5m, 2m or f

"Can be richly and often pertinently funny [...] [with] a sure instinct for the carefully considered irrelevance [...] A great deal of incidental hilarity [...] [and] inspired idiocy." - The New York Times

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

by  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 5m, 2m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
A woman with a little boy has two suitors: a doctor and a vacuum cleaner salesman. Her husband, a famous big-game hunter and adventurer, disappeared years ago in the Amazon. She is about to be declared a widow when in he walks, khaki breeches, puttees, and all, together with the pilot with whom he crashed in the Amazon valley. It happens to be his birthday, an event which all those present had decided to celebrate and for which they had just purchased a cake on the spur of the moment. The cake had been intended for somebody named Wanda June, who apparently never got to celebrate at all. The adventurer turns out to be a wild champion of havoc who alienates friends and demolishes violins. He fails in his effort to get his son to shoot him – the boy doesn’t believe in that kind of old-fashioned heroism – and then in his own effort to shoot himself. He is a social flop out.

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

The living room of a rich man's apartment, which is densely furnished with trophies of hunts and wars.

Casting

2f, 5m, 2m or f
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Children

PENELOPE RYAN - 30.

PAUL RYAN - 12, her son.

HAROLD RYAN - 55, her husband.

COLONEL LOOSELEAF HARPER - 5O, her husband's sidekick.

HERB SHUTTLE - 35, a suitor.

DR. NORBERT WOODLY - 35, a suitor.

WANDA ]UNE - 10, a ghost.

MAJOR SIEGFRIED VON KONIGSWALD - 50, a German ghost.

MILDRED - 45, Harold's former wife, a ghost.

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"Can be richly and often pertinently funny...[with] a sure instinct for the carefully considered irrelevance...A great deal of incidental hilarity...[and] inspired idiocy." - The New York Times

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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