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Failure: A Love Story

  • 1.  Failure: A Love Story

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hello Everyone! I am wondering if anyone has directed Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins. I am looking for any staging ideas, prop lists, pictures, or just good old plain inspiration! I am going to direct this in the spring and would love to hear from anyone who has done the show.

    Thank you!


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    Anne Elisa Brown
    Director of the MHS Drama Department
    Madison Central School District
    Madison SD
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  • 2.  RE: Failure: A Love Story

    Posted 10 days ago
    I directed it last year.  I LOVE this play.  It's so beautifully written.  We had a large ensemble and a small combo band. The stage was divided into areas: the band, the clock shop, the parlor.  The ensemble was onstage the entire time and would sit and watch/comment on the other scenes.  As we would move into a new scene, the pieces on stage (with the exception of the band), would shift to centerstage, moving lyrically like the cogs in a clock.  I also had clocks all over the stage, somewhat evoking a limbo/someplace in time.  I hope you enjoy working on this piece.  It's a great piece of theatre.

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    Michael Klimzak
    Drama Club Advisor
    Salem WI
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  • 3.  RE: Failure: A Love Story

    Posted 9 days ago
    Thank you for responding! I have a similar idea to put a small student jazz ensemble o stage and have the action happen around them. I also plan to have large clocks all around the stage. I was wondering how you did the scene with Jenny June swimming in the river. Did you have a boat for Mortimer Mortimer and Gerty to sit in? How did you give the perception of the water?

    Thank you!

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    Anne Elisa Brown
    Director of the MHS Drama Department
    Madison Central School District
    Madison SD
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