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Poster by Marjorie Gallant

Not Always Happy


A humorous, sharp and subversive true-life adventure tale about finding and raising the mighty Thorin that will change how you think about people with Down syndrome. Written and performed by Kari Wagner-Peck, blogger of the popular and contributor to The New York Times, Huffington Post, and other media outlets.

60 minutes

"poignant and refreshingly funny"

-- The Portland Phoenix

"she provides the ultimate gift of any storyteller: a testimony to our shared humanity that derives from one person’s peculiar journey."

-- The Portland Press Herald

Winner of the 2017 "PortFringe Pulitzer Award" for excellence in writing.

Two-time recipient of Maine Arts Commission grants.



Female solo performer/storyteller


Production & Development History

  • Reading at Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, January 2017

  • Workshop readings in PortFringe 2017

  • Full production premiere at Portland Stage, November 2017

  • Colby College Theater & Dance, January 2018

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