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Happy Pills

Jan 20, 2017 to Jan 21, 2017
Alyssa Cokinis
Directed by: 
Wade Hampton
Theatre B
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 8:00pm


After a nuclear attack on major U.S. cities, happiness and other emotions can no longer be produced naturally by humans; their brain chemistry has been severely altered due to nuclear fallout. The Integrated Borders Union, a new government near former Washington, D.C., works with local drug manufacturers to produce chemically-created emotions; these pills are part of the mandatory Pill Program for all citizens residing in the IBU. To those wandering the wasteland, they must survive the terrain and hungry groups of hunters.

We go back and forth in time between Fern’s present, in which she resides in the Integrated Borders Union one year after the fallout, and Fern’s past, or what happened to her on the road a few months directly after the fallout.

Trigger Warning: This play deals with themes and situations of depression, addiction, drug abuse, suicidal tendencies, nuclear warfare, and sexual harassment.


Cast Members for Happy Pills
Role Name
Fern McKenna Goodman
Kerouac Christina Sullivan
Jon Francis Bass
Rose Clara Reynan
Kisa Lindsey Francisco
Enforcers Kiah Allen, Jason Grobstich

Artistic Team

Artistic Staff for Happy Pills
Position Name
Playwright Alyssa Cokinis
Director Wade Hampton
Scenic Designer Christian Santiago
Costume Designer Madison Otis
Lighting Designer Erin Durian
Sound Designer Wade Hampton, Alyssa Cokinis
Projection Designer Wade Hampton, Ash Pierce
Dramaturg Hunter Menken
Stage Manager Rachel Soffa


Tickets for Workshops are free of charge; however, you must obtain a ticket at the door and seating is limited.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.