Signed copy of There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theater of Optimism and Honesty by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

  • About the Artist

    Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a theater director with a passion for the development of diverse new American plays and playwrights, and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Her audio-play collaboration with writer Madhuri Shekar, Evil Eye, was the winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Original Work and the 2020 Gracie Award for Audio Drama. Recent projects include the world premieres of Madhuri Shekar’s House of Joy at California Shakespeare Theatre, Nathan Alan Davis' Nat Turner in Jerusalem at New York Theatre Workshop, and Eleanor Burgess' Chill at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Megan is a graduate of Brown University, holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and is a proud member of the national union for stage directors and choreographers, SDC. Her first book, There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theatre of Optimism and Honesty is available from The 3rd Thing Press. Megan lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, with her wife Candice.

  • Signed copy of There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theater of Optimism and Honesty

    Is it possible — is it even ethical? — to make hopeful art in an unjust and chaotic world? In the tradition of artist-essayists such as James Baldwin and Adrienne Rich, Sandberg-Zakian looks to her own socially-engaged theater-making practice alongside a diverse array of cultural influences (from slave narratives to popular musicals, Batman to “This American Life”) The artistic coming-of-age journey of a contemporary theater artist in ten essays, There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theater of Optimism & Honesty is a smart, engaging and gently humorous contribution to the discussion of how we face art-making – and living – with hope and optimism. 

    A recent Boston Globe review emphasized the book's resonance with the current moment, writing: “At a time of so much uncertainty, director Megan Sandberg-Zakian’s new collection of essays appears like a desperately needed balm.” OnStage Blog added, “There Must Be Happy Endings is the type of book we all need to read right now, an honest consideration of how hope drives the stories we tell; even, perhaps, how hope is the whole point.” 

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