The LATINO THEATER COMPANY presents the California Premiere of

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed by Edward Torres

Previews: Feb. 17-18 & 20-21

Opening: Thursday, Feb. 22

Performances: Feb. 17 to Mar. 19

Fr - Sat at 8 PM

Sun at 3 PM

Mon at 7:30 PM

With: Vaneh Assadourian, Elisa Bocanegra, Kamal Marayati, Peter Pasco, Al Rodrigo, and John Seda-Pitre


Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last chronicles a year in the life of two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world. At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, Elliot, an Iraq War veteran, struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin, Yasmin, takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

This production of the Happiest Song Plays Last

contains the following:

- Sounds simulating explosions

- Haze and Fog

Elisa Bocanegra
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA
John Seda-Pitre​
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA
Al Rodrigo
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA
Vaneh Assadourian​
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA
Peter Pasco
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA
Kamal Marayati
Photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.LA


— Shari Barrett, Broadway World

“WOW!… contemporary theater at its most powerful”

— Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

“MASTERFUL… emotionally rich… many moments of satisfaction”

— Eric Gordon, People’s World

“A JOY TO EXPERIENCE… stirring performances…

a play with audience appeal performed by actors who feel

their parts in their bones…A MUST-SEE PRODUCTION.”

— Elaine L. Mura, L.A. Splash

The Happiest Song Plays Last creative team (from l to r): Jessica Wolinsky (Asst Director), Vaneh Assadourian (Shar), Peter Pasco (Elliot), Elisa Bocanegra (Yaz), Al Rodrigo (Agustín), John Seda-Pitre (Lefty), Nelson Gonzalez (Guest Musician), Edward Torres (Director), Quiara Alegría Hudes (Playwright), and Kamal Marayati (Ali).

Experience the Elliot Trilogy with LTC + CTG

Los Angeles audiences have the rare opportunity to follow Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy playing concurrently at theatres across the city in early 2018. Center Theatre Group's production of Pulitzer finalist Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (at the Kirk Douglas Theatre January 27 through February 25, 2018), Pulitzer winner Water by the Spoonful (at the Mark Taper Forum January 31 through March 11) and Latino Theater Company's production of the final installment of the trilogy The Happiest Song Plays Last (at the Los Angeles Theatre Center February 17 through March 19). It is the first time all three plays will run at the same time in one city.

"It's really thrilling to get a chance to see the plays produced back to back for the first time in a single city. You see one play, and you get that beginning, middle, end—you get that story. But you see two, three of the plays, you get that sense of family all of a sudden. You've gone through it over time with this family. So I think the ending of the entire trilogy lands in a deeper way. The laughs get deeper, the pain gets more pronounced. Hopefully the plays are resonating off of each other in ways that will yield rewards." -Quiara Alegría Hudes

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes 
Directed by Shishir Kurup


JAN 27 – FEB 25, 2018 

Kirk Douglas Theatre
Downtown Culver City

2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

"A rare and rewarding thing: a work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new."
—The New York Times 

Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his Pop was before him, like his abuelo before him. But despite the things they share, they can't communicate, even when they desperately need to.

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes 
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz


JAN 31 – MAR 11, 2018 
Mark Taper Forum
Downtown L.A.

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner 

"Gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. Ms. Hudes writes with empathy and vibrant humor."
—The New York Times 

Elliot returns home from Iraq and tries to put aside the demons that haunt him while his mother, a recovering addict, battles her own demons.

Able ARTS Work Installation in Theatre 1 inner lobby! 

Able ARTS Work


The primary vision of Able ARTS Work (formerly known as Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc.) is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people with disabilities of all ages in an environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion.

We believe all people…

…regardless of functional capability, have a right and responsibility, to contribute to the well being of their community and have a vocation of their choosing.

…should have access to an informed and supportive community, which must play a vital role in removing the barriers to full involvement and inclusion.

…should have access to the expressive arts in vocation, education, leisure, health and wellness.

…have the right to express and practice their cultural and artistic heritage.

We believe all people regardless of functional capability should be treated with dignity and respect, thus our philosophy and mission...

Love Before Learning. Learn for Life.


Exhibition: Moonscapes

Exhibition inquiries: Jason Triefenbach or 562 982 0247

Moonscapes is a celebration of collaboration representing all resident artists attending Able ARTS Work programs.  Five large paintings exhibited in tandem, form an abstract habitat of color and style. Moonscapes inhabits another world of bright lines and swift shapes that immerse us in the freedom of artistic discovery.


Each painting was made at a different Able ARTS Work program with a different group of resident artists. We paid special attention to the artists' individual needs, so that each person was able to express themselves freely on the canvas. While some artists worked independently others were guided with hand over hand assistance or by pointing and voice direction.


Within the vast surfaces of the paintings the artists' own iconic styles merge together to form new meanings. The rich layering of paint by Dennis Lautterwasser, and geographical masses by Cristina Mariotta look like other worldly landscapes on lunar surfaces. Pop culture portrayals like Jesus Quiroz’s favorite soccer player “El Chicharito” and David Jaimes Halloween bats and haunted jack-o'-lanterns remind us that there is a connection between art and the every day.

Daisy Rosas

Curator, Getty Multicultural Intern

Thank you to AbleARTS Work for allowing us to partner with them and share their pieces for the run of Happiest Song Plays Last. 

Installation will remain open in the Theatre 1 lobby until closing night for Happiest Song Plays Last. Feel free to check it out while you visit the LATC! 



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