Hampton University
The Hampton University Players Present Happy Ending and Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward
10/14/2016 - #55

Hampton, Va. -- Hampton Players & Company presents Happy Ending and Day of Absence, in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the Campus of Hampton University on Friday, October 21, 2016 and Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on October 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Happy Ending and Day of Absence written by the theatre legend Douglas Turner Ward are two plays are traditionally presented on the same playbill. In the play Happy Ending, Ellie and Vi are bemoaning their impending unemployment. Mr. Harrison, their employer, has just discovered his wife has been having an affair and wants to divorce her.  And when their nephew Junie berates them for their subservient ways, Ellie gives him an earful about life in the real world. Douglas Turner Ward’s Happy Ending provides just that—along with a lesson about getting by in a hostile world.

Day of Absence explores what would happen in a sleepy little Southern town in 1965 if all the black people just… left? The hilarious results in Douglas Turner Ward’s satirical fantasy Day of Absence will keep you laughing while its message, suddenly and strikingly relevant in today’s political atmosphere, hits home. Two “good ole boys” sitting on a porch notice “something’s peculiar.” A couple, awakened by the cries of their baby, wonder why their maid isn’t taking care of the child and who is going to fix breakfast? As the town comes to realize that all the blacks have taken a day of absence, they begin to lobby for their return, with hysterical results.

Dr. Robin Jackson Boisseau serves as director of Happy Ending and Day of Absence. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampton University since 2001.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Maryland, College Park.   She has directed shows such as How I Learn To Drive, The Chalk Garden, Annie Get Your Gun, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Pirates of Penzance, and Trifles at other venues, as well as The Disappearance, Crimes of the Heart, The Taming of the Shrew, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Dearly Departed, The Lion in Winter, How I Learned to Drive, Crowns (co-directed with Dr. Karen Turner Ward), Romeo & Juliet, Through the Crack, New Voices, New Plays, Stick Fly, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hampton University.

Corinne Langford is the costume designer for Happy Ending and Days of Absence. She is a native of Flint, Michigan. She has recently began her stay at Hampton University as the Assistant Professor of Costume Design and the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Technician. Ms. Langford received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis in 2016 and her undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Michigan- Flint in 2013. She has worked for a number of theatres and opera companies across the Midwest and Midsouth including Opera Theatre St. Louis, Opera Memphis, New Moon Theatre Company, the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and Desoto Family Theatre.

C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for Happy Ending and Day of Absence.  This is his twenty-sixth season with the Hampton Players.  He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ production including: A Midsummer Night’s DreamLittle Shop of Horrors, Stick Fly, Romeo & Juliet, Ruined, Doubt, The Lion in Winter, A Love To Call My Own, Dearly Departed, The Bluest Eye, A Love To Call My Own, Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Raisin in the Sun, Macbeth, Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire, West Side Story, The Wiz, What Use Are Flowers?, Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery, The Disappearance, Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker, Tartuffe, Mama Dee’s Girls, Shakuntala, Dracula, Black Pearls, The Amen Corner, Steal Away, The Piano Lesson, The Emperor Jones, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 40 Acres and A Mule (World Premiere), Once On This Island, One Mo’ Time, and Equus.

The cast of Happy Ending and Day of Absence featuresKwanzaa Parker, Victoria Rowland, Alexis Saunders, Julian Serchion, Robert Willis, Brandon Funderburke, Alexis Barbour, Kierra Calhoun, Stephanie Smith, Nayla Fair, Kobie Polk, Alexis Saunders, Jake MacFarland, Meciah Powell, Mecca Murphy, Alexandria Moreland, and Desiah Davis.

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble.  The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.

The Hampton Players’ box office is located in the center of the first floor of the Armstrong Hall building and is open Monday – Friday, from 2pm until 7pm and Saturday, from 1pm until 5pm.  For ticket information, call the Box Office at 727-5236 or 727-5402.  Ticket prices are: 

General Admission$10.00

Senior Citizens$8.00

Children/Non-HU Students$8.00

HU Students Free with ID


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