There Is a Happiness That Morning Is…


Written by Mickle Maher
Produced without a director by Theater Oobleck

THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS (Theater Oobleck Logo)Playwright Mickle Maher debuts this comedy in rhymed verse told via two lectures on the poetry of William Blake: one given in the morning by Bernard, a middle-aged, barely published poet of scant scholarship, on the Songs of Innocence, and the other in the afternoon by his lover, Ellen, a reputable Ph.D., on the Songs of Experience. Having engaged the evening before in a highly inappropriate display of public affection on the main lawn of their rural New England campus, the two undergraduate lecturers must now, in class, either apologize for their behavior or effectively justify it if they want to keep their jobs. Featuring Diana Slickman, Colm O’Reilly, and Kirk Anderson.

Maher’s most powerful play to date…soul shaking.
– John Sisson Jr, Chicago Reader

Goosed by precise, masterful performances, Maher’s text is almost endlessly engaging and frequently hilarious
– Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago


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