Not Always Happy is also a storytelling performance

Based on her book, NOT ALWAYS HAPPY,  this choose-your-own-adventure-style, live storytelling performance features a dozen funny, touching, and subversive true-life tales about finding and raising the mighty Thorin that will definitely make you laugh and most likely change how you think about people with Down syndrome. Written and performed by Kari Wagner-Peck  and director / dramturg Bess Welden. 60 minutes.

Not Always Happy: Winner of the 2017 “PortFringe Pulitzer Award” for excellence in writing.

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Not Always Happy is intimate, emotional, tender, funny, touching storytelling…not to mention the brilliant writing and expert storytelling of the performer, creates a close and tender experience that is sure to give you goosebumps.
— Mackenzie Mae, PortFringe Reviewer

Upcoming Performances

  • Portland Stage Company’s Studio Series, November 8 – 12, 2017
  • Colby College Theater & Dance, January 2018

Production History

  • Portland Stage Company Store Front Theater, developmental readings, January and March, 2016
  • University of New England, Maine Women Writers Collection, developmental reading, January, 2017
  • PortFringe Festival, two performances, June, 2017
  • Portland Stage Company’s Studio Series, November 8 – 12, 2017

    Acknowledgements and Support

    • Recipient of the PortFringe Pulitzer Award for excellence in writing
    • Received grant support from the Maine Arts Commission, 2015, 2016

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