happy hour

"Breaks all the rules of theater..." - DC Metro


Dressed in a pair of everyday men’s suits, two women crash an after-work office party playing instantly familiar guys. It's a subversive move, leading audiences to question expectations of women on stage with a free drink in their hands and microwave popcorn flying through the air.

Created by Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes, Performed by Monica Bill Barnes, Elisa Clark, and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Lighting Design by Jane Cox, Set and Costume Design by Kelly Hanson, Production Assistant Elizabeth Furman.

Happy Hour premiered in 2015 after a collaborative process with three performers, Monica Bill Barnes, Robbie Saenz de Viteri, and Anna Bass who originated her role as Monica’s duet partner.  Since its premiere Happy Hour has been performed all over the world in various settings from a barn in upstate New York to a villa in Italy and continues to tour.

For all booking inquiries in North America please contact Elsie Management:

Elsie Management
Laura Colby, Director


Happy Hour breaks all the rules of theater… it offers not merely terrific entertainment, but more than a measure of poignancy, a sense of loss even amid the fun-and-games.” – DC Metro

“Like all good happy hours, this one has plentiful munchies and libations. And like the best ones, it offers abundant laughter.” – The New York Times 

Happy Hour is made possible through the generous support of Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governer Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.