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The Office’s Jenna Fischer on producing Sad Happy Sucker

August 27, 2010

The story, written by Fischer’s husband, Lee Kirk, eyes a young man stuck – physically and metaphorically – in his own backyard. Haven’t we all been there? 

Fischer says it’s an absurdist comedy, despite its tones of anxiety and alienation. She says in an email, “Sad Happy Sucker was originally staged in 2007, in a tiny production at the 23 seat Paul E. Richard’s Theater in Silverlake.  The original production was a Critics Choice by both LA Weekly and Backstage West.  Theater reviewer Dink O’Neal saw this intimate performance and nominated the play for two Garland Awards, Best Playwriting and Best Ensemble.

“The core of Saint Ed, Sean Gunn (director), Valentine Miele (the doctor) and Lee Kirk, met while attending DePaul University’s Theater School in the early nineties.  They’ve collaborated on a number of theatrical productions, from Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 to Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, as well as a number of short films and even a feature film.  Sad Happy Sucker is their first original theatrical production.   

The name of the play, Sad Happy Sucker, is a twist on the title of an early Modest Mouse record, Sad Sappy Sucker.


The play stars Eddie Ebell and Laurie Johnson. It opened last weekend and runs through October 10. And check in with 89.3 KPCC next week when Jenna talks with afternoon host Alex Cohen. 

Lyric Hyperion Theatre, 2106 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets start at $15; 323-342-2261.

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