The Bear Suit of Happiness
Ran February 28, 2013 - March 30, 2013

In 1943, Woody, a young gay American, enlists in the army. After being shipped out to a remote Pacific Island, he is given an order: “Put up a show to entertain the men. Keep it simple. Needs music. And they like drag.”

Woody becomes a one-man war. He fights to write a show worthy of his fellows’ last laughs. Torn between fantasy and reality, his silly camp show grows to be a dream of an impossibly hospitable world. Theatre of war and theatre of the mind play out together on Woody’s little stage as he battles to build an identity and to be free.

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm

Dank Haus

4740 North Western Avenue
Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60625-2013

The Dank Haus is located near the intersections of Lawrence and Western, and is on the Western Brown Line and just off bus lines 81, 49, and 11.

Chicago Tribune: New Colony asks, how much a disguise is a bear suit?
★★★ "a moving collective portrait of lives caught between the lure of the spotlight and the safety of the shadows. This is a piece that stays with you."
Windy City Times: Camping It Up
Interview with Evan Linder about "The Bear Suit of Happiness"
Moulinet: Muzzle Flashes
Special Thanks

Photography by Grant Legan, Graphic Design by Heather Anderson
Thanks to Dimo’s Pizza!