Escape from Happiness

By George F. Walker

Directed by Jan Levine Thal

This ferociously dark comedy follows the idiosyncratic members of a very broken family who refuse to surrender to neighborhood criminal elements and would-be crooked cops. A viciously funny satire and a moving meditation on forgiveness. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced comedy satirizes the selfishness, greed, and aggression of contemporary urban culture.

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: March 24 - April 8, 2023

Performance Times:
Fri, Mar 24th '23 - 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 25th '23 - 7:30pm
Thu, Mar 30th '23 - 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 31st '23 - 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 1st '23 - 7:30pm
Sun, Apr 2nd '23 - 4:00pm
Thu, Apr 6th '23 - 7:30pm
Fri, Apr 7th '23 - 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 8th '23 - 4:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions January 30 & 31 or by appointment

Merch Lab, 930 N Fair Oaks Ave, Madison
Street parking available

For appointments, contact the director

Cast -- all ethnicities and gender identities welcome. Ages are suggestions only.

NORA -- 50s or older
ELIZABETH, Nora’s oldest daughter, 30s
MARY ANN, Nora’s middle daughter, 20s or 30s
GAIL, Nora’s youngest daughter, 20s or 30s
JUNIOR, Gail’s husband, 20s or 30s
TOM, the father of Nora’s daughters, 50s or older
DIAN BLACK, a police detective, 20s to 50s
MIKE DIXON, a police detective, 50s or older
ROLLY MOORE, a criminal, 50s or older
STEVIE MOORE, a criminal 20s, or 30s

Auditioners will read from the script. A pdf of the script is available on request from the director, Sides will be available approximately two weeks before auditions.