I’ve Never Been So Happy

Commissioned and Premiered by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, 2011

“The Western musical feels like the late-night, Mountain Dew-fueled creation of some clever 12-year-olds, and whether that’s a compliment or a criticism will depend on one’s willingness to adjust to the show’s nonsensical antics. As for me, Happy lassoed my admiration.” – John Young, Entertainment Weekly Review of October 2011 production

“Bertolt Brecht elaborated the alienation effect to get us to see our social reality with sharper eyes; Rude Mechs takes a friendlier approach, flashing playground smiles to trick us into entering a distorted dreamscape that sheds oblique light on our cultural frontier.” – Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Review of October 2011 production

“BEST INVESTIGATION OF THE WEST: The Rude Mechs’ funny, well-informed multimedia performance was a refreshingly queer interrogation of the West. Moreover, I’ve Never Been So Happy felt like a Brechtian extravaganza for art and theater geeks, evoking everything from WOW Café camp to Bruce Nauman’s post-minimal studio practice to Kara Walker’s silhouettes and shadow puppets.” – Claire Ruud, …might be good (Fluent-Collaborative’s contemporary arts e-journal Best of 2008)

About The Play
Premieres & Residencies
The Play as of April 2011
Creation and Workshop Productions

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Production Stills


Creation Support

  • Completion Commission from Center Theatre Group
  • Arena Stage New Play Festival
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • The NEA Distinguished New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage
  • The Orchard Project Theatre Residency Program
  • The University of Texas at Austin Musical Theatre Initiative

Available for Touring or Licensing

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