the happiest place on earth

by Philip Dawkins

September 17- OCtober 30, 2016

sideshow theatre company


scenic designer Mike Mroch

lighting designer Ellie Rabinowitz

sound designer Michael Huey


"Philip Dawkins is a wonderful playwright, a piercingly keen observer of human behavior and a hugely engaging, whippet-smart actor."

Chicago Sun-Times

"To all who come to this happy place, welcome."
Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America’s history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family’s American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.

Winner of 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for solo performance
Nominated for 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for best new play

photos: Michael Brosilow