The Happiness Cage

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The Happiness Cage is a 1970 play by American playwright Dennis J. Reardon (1944- ) [1].


Set in 1960s USA, patients in a Vietnam War veterans hospital are induced to participate in a programme of experimental brain implantation designed to achieve conformable neurological happiness. One resists, preferring the limitations with his own identity to the technologically achievable bliss. [2]

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Performance history in South Africa

1974: Staged by PACT, directed by Ken Leach, with Michael McCabe (Reese), Harold Orlandini (Orderly), Michael Mayer (Miles), Graham Haley (Rhodes), Kenneth Hendel (Dr Freytag), Hugh Rouse (The General), Albert Raphael (The Aide), Sheila Ferguson (Nurse), Diane Wilson (Anna Ames), Joanne Bayes (Press), Graham Rooke (Press) and Cedric Sundstrom. Sets by Richard Cook and costumes by Christa Scholtz.


PACT theatre programme, 1974.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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