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The Happiest Song Plays Last

The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegría Hudes
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"As ever, Hudes’s writing is poetic but wry, full of swagger and poetry. There’s live music, but oh, how the lines sing too." — David Cote, Time Out New York

"Ms. Hudes draws all her characters with precision and understanding... this warm-blooded play underscores how the disorienting flux of life can be navigated with the help of carefully tended family ties." — Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"Delightful... Hudes is a very accomplished storyteller, a playwright with an emergent, fulsome American narrative." — Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

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.

Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.
Theatre Communications Group; November 2014
112 pages; ISBN 9781559367721
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Title: The Happiest Song Plays Last
Author: Quiara Alegría Hudes
 
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