Theater company decides it's time for some happiness

Available Light Theatre founder Matt Slaybaugh said his company takes itself seriously artistically. As proof, ALT is offering up a brand-new show that is totally serious about happiness.

“With this show, we really just want to make people happy,” Slaybaugh said of “Remain in Light,” which runs this weekend and next in the Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre. “We tried to make the show as delightful as possible.”

The seriousness comes from the company's approach to those goals. The Slaybaugh-written work is rooted in the field of positive psychology, which Slaybaugh described as “focused not on what's wrong but what is right with people, and bringing more of that into our lives.”

Using dialogue, songs, choreography and “a little bit of science,” the company hopes that “Remain in Light” will “leave [theatergoers] happier and with some ideas of how they can hold onto that feeling,” Slaybaugh said.

The play is personal for the company, Slaybaugh said, employing abstracted personal experiences to communicate to audiences (sometimes directly) an understanding that people are hurting and that there is hope in the midst of that uncertainty.