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The Happiest Song Plays Last

The Happiest Song Plays Last

By Quiara Alegria Hudes
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Hardcover : 9781559364638, 87 pages, December 2014


At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

The final installment in Hudes’s three-play cycle, which began with Pulitzer Prize–finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Pulitzer Prize–winner Water by the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last is about the search for redemption, humility and one’s place in the world.