Failure: A Love Story*
Nov 16Dec 30, 2012
By Philip Dawkins


Seth Bockley


Philip Dawkins


Baize Buzan: Nelly
Janet Ulrich Brooks: Chorus
Matt Fletcher: Mortimer
Emjoy Gavino: Jenny June
Mildred Marie Langford: Gertrude
Guy Massey: Chorus
Michael Salinas: John N.


1928 is the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives. Nelly was the first of the Fail girls to die, followed soon after by her sisters Jenny, June, and Gerty. As with so many things in life i.e. blunt objects, disappearances and consumption, they never saw death coming. Written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins, Failure is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats. Set in the Fall family home and clock shop, a rickety two-story building near the Chicago River, this funny, moving, and profoundly wise play reminds us that only love remains in the end.

Production Team

Scott Davis: Scenic Designer
Emily Tarleton: Costume Designer
Charles Kim: Sound Designer
Mac Vaughey: Lighting Designer
Helen Lattyak: Stage Manager