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Chasing Happy Opens

A New Comedy about love & acceptance by Michel Wallerstein opens at Theatre Row for a limited run through November 11.

October 20, 2023: Pulse Theatre is presenting a new play by Michel Wallerstein billed as, “a modern comedy about identity, love, acceptance…and the elusive pursuit of happiness.”  In Wallerstein’s zany tale directed by Pulse co-founder, Alexa Kelly, Nick is in love with Broad, another man’s boyfriend. Nick’s mother says George Clooney wants to date her. Nick’s ex-wife says she needs to have surgery. When Brad’s boyfriend finds out about Nick and inserts himself into the mix of Wallerstein’s zany characters, there is never a chance, it seems, to savoir the moment when you are chasing happy. 

Schyler Conaway plays Brad.

A New Comedy about love & acceptance by Michel Wallerstein opens at Theatre Row for a limited run through November 11.

October 20, 2023: Pulse Theatre is presenting a new play by Michel Wallerstein billed as, “a modern comedy about identity, love, acceptance…and the elusive pursuit of happiness.”  In Wallerstein’s zany tale directed by Pulse co-founder, Alexa Kelly, Nick is in love with Broad, another man’s boyfriend. Nick’s mother says George Clooney wants to date her. Nick’s ex-wife says she needs to have surgery. When Brad’s boyfriend finds out about Nick and inserts himself into the mix of Wallerstein’s zany characters, there is never a chance, it seems, to savoir the moment when you are chasing happy. 

Wallerstein said, “In these insane times I wanted to write an uplifting play about love,” adding, “A play not just about the romantic kind of love, but all other kinds of love and family. Not necessarily the one we’re born into but also the one we choose. And I thought Provincetown, MA, would be the perfect setting to see all these crazy and complex relationships come to life.”

Antoinette LaVecchia, Schyler Conaway, Jenny Bennett, Spencer Aste and Christopher James Murray.

Chasing Happy is a feel-good romantic comedy about living your best life,” says director Alexa Kelly. “How refreshing to find a play with no axe to grind. We meet five people who are in the midst of completely different circumstances in their lives, and yet are all trying to put their best foot forward and pursue their own happiness. Whether you are young or old, gay or straight, there is something here that will warm your heart and give you a chuckle. In these dark-news days, when the world seems to be in such a turmoil, a little time spent chasing happiness is always worthwhile.”

The cast features Spencer Aste (Wake Up, Axis Theatre), Jenny Bennett (City of Ladies, Pulse Theatre), Schyler Conaway in his Off-Broadway debut, Christopher James Murray(The Falling Season, Theatre Row), and Elizabeth Shepherd (Relatively Speaking and Conduct Unbecoming on Broadway; War and Peace and Inherit the Wind in London’s West End).

Chasing Happy features a scenic design by Christian Fleming, lighting design by Joyce Liao, costume and property design by Elena Vannoni, and sound design by Joel AbbottChristine Lemme is production stage manager. Casting is by Jamibeth MargolisJeremy Karafin is Production Manager. Christine Cirker is Associate Producer. Brian Richardson is Company Manager.

 Chasing Happy  will play a five-week limited engagement, October 11 through November 11, at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). Tickets are on sale at TheatreRow.org or by calling the box office, 212-714-2442 ext. 45.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Spencer Aste
Antoinette LaVecchia
Christopher James Murray
Bruce T. Sloane, Spencer Aste and Brian Williams.
Christopher James Murray and Antoinette LaVecchia.