Bruce Ryan Costella's: RAT MAN HAPPY PLACE
Written & Performed by Bruce Ryan Costella
Bruce Ryan Costella - Orlando, FL
V.28 - Creative Manitoba 
The world has ended. Now visit the Happiest ruins on post-apocalyptic Earth.
Direct from Orlando, Florida, RAT MAN HAPPY PLACE is an interactive play that is equal parts storytelling, theme park satire and children's theatre for weird adults.
Written and performed by award-winning Florida theatre-maker Bruce Ryan Costella.
It was perfect - Colin Thomas, Substantive Editor
luminous [...] threatens to steal the show every time he's on stage - Orlando Sentinel
BEST SOLD SHOW AWARD, Tampa Fringe 2022

Bruce Ryan Costella

Show Info:
60 Minutes

Parental Guidance

Coarse Language, Violent Content, Brief talk of suicide

Wed July 19 7:00 PM
Thu July 20 8:30 PM
Fri July 21 8:30 PM
Sat July 22 4:00 PM
Sun July 23 2:30 PM
Wed July 26 5:30 PM
Thu July 27 7:00 PM
Fri July 28 8:30 PM
Sat July 29 1:00 PM
Sun July 30 2:30 PM

Bruce Ryan Costella’s: RAT MAN HAPPY PLACE

Bruce Ryan Costella—Creative Manitoba

I was creeped out before this even started; as the audience is met by a startling sight upon entering. His costume and makeup perfectly conveyed a filthy, rat-like being, freshly emerged from the sewers; that you would RUN across the street to avoid.

If you are adventurous or a ‘weird adult’ as the program states, you will love this! The premise is that he is on trial for petty theft in the City of Winnipeg. There’s lots of audience participation, so don’t be shy! We elect a mayor and we are the jury. He spins the tale of a post-apocalyptic world, like Neverland; where all the adults had died from Covid-not Covid. They inhabit Disneyland and make it their own. He’s forced to leave, thus ending up in our fair city. There’s a lot of deeper meaning if you want to go there. Bruce is a wonderful actor with a perfect production that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. He deserves full houses.

Hint: find the elevator if you want to avoid a heart attack. Those are Lots of stairs!

Lisa Campbell

Bruce Ryan Costella

Bruce Ryan Costella’s: RAT MAN HAPPY PLACE—Creative Manitoba


– a post-apocalyptic, dark comedy that isn’t interested in making you feel terrible

– cheaper than visiting Disney World in Florida AND you’re less likely to hate your family by the end of it

– great if you’re a Disney adult but genuinely just as fun if you’ve never been!

– a covertly queer examination of community and nostalgia set in the twilight of the anthropocene (which is fancy talk for it’s weird, silly and maybe secretly smart)