OK, Who Says Robots Don’t Know How To Love? ‘Maybe Happy Ending’ Says Otherwise

Maybe Happy Ending
“Maybe Happy Ending” has its English language world premiere at the Alliance Theatre and will be showing until Feb. 16. (Credit: Greg Mooney)

Our reliance on technology only continues to grow.

Our phones wake us up in the mornings. Alexa lets us know about the weather. Roombas clean our floors, and smartwatches tell us how many steps we take in a day.

Hue Park and Will Aronson’s musical “Maybe Happy Ending” imagines how technology might regard us.

The award-winning musical is making its English language premiere on the Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre and will run through Feb. 16.

“Maybe Happy Ending” tells the story of a not-too-distant future in Seoul, Korea, where two robots figure out the meaning of life in a post-technological world. “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with the co-writers of the book, Park and Aronson, about the musical.

“The setting is probably in the 2060s. This is sort of a generation later when there have already been these humanoid robots created. People have become sort of so attached to their technology and more isolated, which is something we feel is happening now. But, looking ahead, we see that as people have become cynical about the world and isolated from each other, these first-generation robots are discovering the world for the first time and discovering some of the things we’ve forgotten about,” Aronson said.

The two began writing the show in 2015, with their first production in Korea the following year. The production won six Korean Musical Awards.

On Feb. 9,  the Alliance Theatre is holding a community conversation about Asian-American representation in the arts with the Asian American Journalists Association.

Plus, the cast members are taking the music from “Maybe Happy Ending” to Eddie’s Attic on Feb. 10.

This story was originally published with audio on WABE.org.

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