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How to Transcend a Happy Marriage


How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Sandra Ish
Featuring Gina Alvarado, Abbey Lee, Anthony Martinez, Angela Squire, Corey Jackson, Jewel Harmony Ramos

The Sonoma County premiere of award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl's subversive enchantment.

At a dinner party in New Jersey, two couples discuss polyamory. Discussion turns to action and the exploration of unexplored desire turns animalistic. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage blurs the lines of monogamy and asks how deeply can friends, lovers, and strangers connect.

Left Edge Studio Theatre

November 6 - 21, 2021

Fri and Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm


Gina Alvarado

Abbey Lee

Anthony Martinez

Angela Squire

Corey Jackson

Nate Mercier

Anderson Templeton

Jewel Harmony Ramos


Director: Sandra Ish

Set Designer: Argo Thompson

Lighting Designer: April George

Projection Design: Patrick Nimms

Sound Designer: Joe Winkler

Costume Designer: Sandra Ish

Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez

The Cast & Crew



Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl is an award-winning American playwright, author, essayist, and professor. 

Her plays include Stage KissIn the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes award); Melancholy Play (a musical with Todd Almond)EurydiceOrlandoDemeter in the City (NAACP nomination), Late: a cowboy songThree SistersDear ElizabethThe Oldest Boy and most recently, and For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday and How To Transcend a Happy Marriage. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, Off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, with premieres often at Yale Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater,  and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over twelve languages. 

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