The Happiest Place on Earth

date range
Sep 17, 2016
Oct 30, 2016


Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America’s history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family’s American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.

Co-produced with Greenhouse Theater Center and the Wendy and William Spatz Charitable Foundation

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, with no intermission


Philip Dawkins is a Chicago playwright whose plays have been produced all over the country and the world. His critically acclaimed works include Charm (Northlight Theatre) and Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for new work, as well as The Homosexuals (About Face Theater) and Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), both of which received Joseph Jefferson nominations for new work. His play, Le Switch, just concluded a sold-out run with About Face Theatre, where he is an artistic associate. He is also an ensemble playwright at Victory Gardens. Philip teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, his alma mater, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities. Most of his plays, including his plays for young performers, are available through Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing.

Production Sponsor

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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at Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Philip Dawkins

directed by: Jonathan L. Green