Three sisters—Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty Fail—live, love, and die in 1920s Chicago. Playwright Philip Dawkins has created an original story that propels the audience through an experience of puppets and songs, history and fantasy, laughter and tears. Although the Fails are a fictional family, their lives represent the ambitions, fears, and fates woven into the American Dream. Dawkins is emerging as a playful and significant playwriting presence in American theatre, and we are excited to include his work in this season.
Talkback on Thursday, February 9
Join us for an exciting opportunity for direct audience engagement with our stage productions through a free talkback following Failure: A Love Story on Thursday, February 9. Talkbacks allow audience members to discuss the performance, play, design, and themes with artists and scholars in an informal give-and-take, question-and-answer format. Each talkback is hosted by a faculty member from the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.