Anhedonia Road

Author: Chris Harcum

Anhedonia Road

Description: A solo performance set at the intersection of Don Quixote, The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn, and The Twilight Zone. Joe Harper, an everyman at the end of his rope, goes on an uncommon adventure to capture a yellow balloon. But this ain’t no ordinary yellow balloon and it sends Joe crashing into a cast of colorful characters in an alternate-reality heartland where no GPS can help him. Are you on the right road?
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 2/15/2012
Content Advisory: Adult language and strong content
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 9 Males

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Keywords: Action/Adventure · Comedy · Death and the Afterlife · Drama · Families · Fantasy · Large Cast Size · Memoirs · Mostly Male Characters · Movies/Film/TV · Pop Culture · Religion and Spirituality · Satire/Parody · Single Set · Solo Play · Surrealism/Absurdism

Original Production Information

Anhedonia Road was first presented in The Brick’s Hell Festival in June 2004, with the following cast and credits:

Written and performed by Chris Harcum
Directed by Melissa Denton
Lighting and sound design by Chris Harcum

It became a finalist in Reverie Productions' Next Generation Playwriting Contest in May 2005 and received a script-in-hand reading that July at New Jersey Repertory Company.

Anhedonia Road was revived for a festival of works inspired by Mark Twain at the Metropolitan Playhouse in January 2007, with the following cast and credits:

Written and performed by Chris Harcum
Directed by Bricken Sparacino
Lighting design by Maryvel Bergen
Set and sound design by Chris Harcum