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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
For tickets, call Ovationtix, 1.866.811.4111

Urban Stages Adm. Office:
555 8th Avenue, #1800

Origins of Happiness,
A Cuban-American Story

  written by and starring Felix Pire
  directed by Angel David
  Sept. 6 - 28, 2003
Felix A. Pire doesn't have a false moment
Anita Gates, The New York Times
Just how many relatives can a Cuban have? And just how many characters can one actor play? You won't believe your eyes!
Outer Circle Winner for Outstanding Solo Performance, Felix Pire returns after his Urban Stages' Off Broadway commercial triumph in Men on the Verge of a HISPANIC Breakdown by Guillermo Reyes. Origins of Happiness is a hilarious collection of family stories delivered by Felix Pire, first-generation Cuban-American whose mother was an extra in Cuban movies in the 1960s.Ý Using a full-vocabulary of body language and a variety of Cuban and Cuban-American accents Pire creates a colorful assortment of characters-most of them are members of his large extended family.

CurtainUp (Amanda Cooper):
"Pire is full of energy which reverberates throughout the theater and resonates with the audience…endearing, sweet, and hysterical!"

American Theater Web (Andy Probst):
Pire is a gifted impersonator…. He provokes waves of laughter from the audience…Poignant [and] courageous.