Theater Performance: 'The Happiest Song Plays Last'
April 5, 2017 7:30 pm
April 7—April 8, 2017 7:30 pm
April 12—April 15, 2017 7:30 pm
April 15, 2017 2:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
There’s power in traditions, in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings and the way they can bind families and communities together across time and distance.
Iraq war veteran Elliott is in Jordan to film a war movie and finds himself connecting with his costar Shar, against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. When he calls home, he speaks to his cousin Yaz, a music professor, who has opened her new home in Philadelphia to feed neighbors in need and struggles against a system that neglects the poor and the sick.
Hudes’s play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.