In his first published play, Kurt Vonnegut finds a powerful vehicle for his tragicomical imagination. When the great hunter Harold Ryan–missing and presumed dead–returns from South America after eight years, his wife is aghast and his son is enchanted. Happy Birthday Wanda June is a play about expectations vs. reality, ideas of masculinity, and what it means to be a hero.
**This production does have mature language, and descriptions of sexual acts.
Victoria Benkoski as Mildred Ryan
Sam Buti as Herb Shuttle
Aleister Dun as Paul Ryan
Kris DiMaria as Harold Ryan
Gabrielle Greco as Wanda June
Jocelynn Murphy as Penelope Ryan
Michael Sinkora as Looseleaf Harper
Andrew Vroman as Dr. Norbert Woodley
Tristen Wood as Major von Koningswald
Directed by Michael A. Lake and Nick Muscatiello
Stage Managed by Molly Waters
Will Kempe’s Players is a startup theatre community in Troy, NY producing theatrical works by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and new works relevant to our experiences in the current times. It is our mission to begin a narrative of regenerative creativity in a world we feel could benefit from it. “…and we’ll strive to please you every day.”