Failure: A Love Story
by Philip Dawkins

Productions (89)
  • Comedy
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-50 actors possible: 3-48 f, 2-47 m)
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-464-6

Failure: A Love Story
by Philip Dawkins

(18)
Productions (89)
  • Comedy
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-50 actors possible: 3-48 f, 2-47 m)
  • Set: Minimal.

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

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By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

NOTE: Be sure to check out the music that comes with the script. Those are the intended melodies for the two original songs, to be orchestrated however you wish.

A one-act version of this play is available; contact Playscripts for details.

  • Comedy
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-50 actors possible: 3-48 f, 2-47 m)
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-464-6

Published Reviews

"Fantastically macabre."

Robert Bullen, The Huffington Post

"A wholly wonderful show that is profound, yet at the very same time whimsical beyond all imagining -- a show in which time is of the essence, and in which love and death (especially death that comes suddenly and prematurely) conjoin in the strangest yet most beautiful of waltzes."

Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun Times

"A Chicago tale full of emotional riches... In particular and most movingly, the play is probing the whole idea of how all of our loves and our happiness are, alas, bound by the confines of time."

Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

Production History

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MAY 03, 2018 - MAY 05, 2018
Duluth East HS
Duluth, MN United States
Duluth East HS Duluth, MN United States
MAR 22, 2018 - MAR 24, 2018
Hemet High School
Hemet, CA United States
Hemet High School Hemet, CA United States
DEC 06, 2017 - DEC 09, 2017
Ohio University
Athens, OH United States
Ohio University Athens, OH United States
NOV 03, 2017 - NOV 04, 2017
Flintridge Preparatory School
La Cañada, CA United States
Flintridge Preparatory School La Cañada, CA United States
NOV 02, 2017 - NOV 05, 2017
Loyola Acadmey
Wilmette, IL United States
Loyola Acadmey Wilmette, IL United States
NOV 02, 2017 - NOV 06, 2017
Leland Public School
Leland, MI United States
Leland Public School Leland, MI United States
OCT 26, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
St. Joseph's Catholic School
Greenville, SC United States
St. Joseph's Catholic School Greenville, SC United States
OCT 20, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
Beacon Academy
Evanston, IL United States
Beacon Academy Evanston, IL United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
McIntosh High School
Peachtree City, GA United States
McIntosh High School Peachtree City, GA United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
Lakeside Theater Co
Atlanta, GA United States
Lakeside Theater Co Atlanta, GA United States
OCT 18, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Oconee County High School
Watkinsville, GA United States
Oconee County High School Watkinsville, GA United States
OCT 13, 2017 - OCT 14, 2017
Miami Valley School
Dayton, OH United States
Miami Valley School Dayton, OH United States
OCT 12, 2017 - OCT 14, 2017
Coronado High School
El Paso, TX United States
Coronado High School El Paso, TX United States
JUL 19, 2017 - JUL 23, 2017
Lansing Community College
Lansing, MI United States
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI United States
MAY 12, 2017 - MAY 13, 2017
Flower Mound High School Theatre
Flower Mound, TX United States
Flower Mound High School Theatre Flower Mound, TX United States
MAY 04, 2017 - MAY 05, 2017
Waller High School Theatre
Waller, TX United States
Waller High School Theatre Waller, TX United States
MAY 04, 2017 - MAY 06, 2017
Dublin Jerome High School
Dublin, OH United States
Dublin Jerome High School Dublin, OH United States
APR 28, 2017 - APR 29, 2017
Basis Tucson North
Tucson, AZ United States
Basis Tucson North Tucson, AZ United States
APR 28, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
Planet Ant Theatre
Hamtramck, MI United States
Planet Ant Theatre Hamtramck, MI United States
APR 27, 2017 - APR 28, 2017
Newnan High School
Newnan, GA United States
Newnan High School Newnan, GA United States
APR 14, 2017 - APR 23, 2017
Center Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA United States
Center Theatre Group Los Angeles, CA United States
APR 13, 2017 - MAY 01, 2017
Rockfire Theatre
Arabi, LA United States
Rockfire Theatre Arabi, LA United States
APR 01, 2017 - JUN 01, 2017
BASIS International School Shenzhen
Shenzhen, China
BASIS International School Shenzhen Shenzhen, China
MAR 31, 2017 - APR 08, 2017
Asbury University
Wilmore, KY United States
Asbury University Wilmore, KY United States
MAR 02, 2017 - MAR 08, 2017
Syracuse University Dept. Of Drama
Syracuse, NY United States
Syracuse University Dept. Of Drama Syracuse, NY United States
FEB 24, 2017 - MAR 03, 2017
Oak Grove High School
Hattiesburg, MS United States
Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg, MS United States
FEB 17, 2017 - FEB 18, 2017
Free State High School
Lawrence, KS United States
Free State High School Lawrence, KS United States
FEB 03, 2017 - FEB 19, 2017
AthensWest Theatre Company
Lexington, KY United States
AthensWest Theatre Company Lexington, KY United States
FEB 02, 2017 - FEB 12, 2017
Krannert Center For The Performing Arts
Urbana, IL United States
Krannert Center For The Performing Arts Urbana, IL United States
JAN 23, 2017 - JAN 28, 2017
Robbinsdale Cooper High School
New Hope, MN United States
Robbinsdale Cooper High School New Hope, MN United States
JAN 20, 2017 - FEB 04, 2017
Arena Dinner Theatre
Fort Wayne, IN United States
Arena Dinner Theatre Fort Wayne, IN United States
JAN 12, 2017 - JAN 13, 2017
Oak Grove High School
Hattiesburg, MS United States
Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg, MS United States
NOV 18, 2016 - NOV 20, 2016
Hilliard Bradley High School
Hilliard, OH United States
Hilliard Bradley High School Hilliard, OH United States
NOV 17, 2016 - JAN 17, 2017
Oak Grove High School
Hattiesburg, MS United States
Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg, MS United States
NOV 17, 2016 - NOV 19, 2016
Lincoln Park High School
Chicago, IL United States
Lincoln Park High School Chicago, IL United States
NOV 11, 2016 - NOV 19, 2016
Washougal High School
Washougal, WA United States
Washougal High School Washougal, WA United States
NOV 11, 2016 - NOV 13, 2016
Connersville High School
CONNERSVILLE, IN United States
Connersville High School CONNERSVILLE, IN United States
NOV 04, 2016 - NOV 13, 2016
Foothills Community Theatre
MARION, NC United States
Foothills Community Theatre MARION, NC United States
NOV 03, 2016 - NOV 04, 2016
BASIS Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ United States
BASIS Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ United States
OCT 27, 2016 - NOV 05, 2016
Actors Bridge Ensemble
Nashville, TN United States
Actors Bridge Ensemble Nashville, TN United States
OCT 20, 2016 - OCT 22, 2016
WBMS Theatre
Johns Creek, GA United States
WBMS Theatre Johns Creek, GA United States
SEP 23, 2016 - OCT 02, 2016
University Of Evansville
Evansville, IN United States
University Of Evansville Evansville, IN United States
AUG 10, 2016 - AUG 13, 2016
Burlington County Footlighters
Cinnaminson, NJ United States
Burlington County Footlighters Cinnaminson, NJ United States
AUG 05, 2016 - AUG 07, 2016
One Song Productions
Carrboro, NC United States
One Song Productions Carrboro, NC United States
JUL 27, 2016 - JUL 27, 2016
N/a
Highland Heights, KY United States
N/a Highland Heights, KY United States
APR 22, 2016 - APR 23, 2016
Saint Vincent Academy
Newark, NJ United States
Saint Vincent Academy Newark, NJ United States
APR 15, 2016 - APR 15, 2016
Bunker Hill Community College, Student Activities
Boston, MA United States
Bunker Hill Community College, Student Activities Boston, MA United States
APR 09, 2016 - APR 09, 2016
BASIS Scottsdale
Phoenix, AZ United States
BASIS Scottsdale Phoenix, AZ United States
APR 07, 2016 - APR 16, 2016
Indiana University - Theatre Northwest
Gary, IN United States
Indiana University - Theatre Northwest Gary, IN United States
MAR 12, 2016 - MAR 12, 2016
Village Academy Schools
Powell, OH United States
Village Academy Schools Powell, OH United States
MAR 03, 2016 - MAR 12, 2016
Walden Theatre Corp.
Louisville, KY United States
Walden Theatre Corp. Louisville, KY United States
MAR 03, 2016 - MAR 12, 2016
Walden Theatre
Louisville, KY United States
Walden Theatre Louisville, KY United States
FEB 04, 2016 - FEB 04, 2016
Milton High School Theatre
Columbus, GA United States
Milton High School Theatre Columbus, GA United States
JAN 19, 2016 - JAN 24, 2016
The Theatre School At DePaul University
Chicago, IL United States
The Theatre School At DePaul University Chicago, IL United States
JAN 08, 2016 - JAN 09, 2016
Village Academy Schools
Powell, OH United States
Village Academy Schools Powell, OH United States
NOV 13, 2015 - NOV 14, 2015
Theatre [502]
Louisville, KY United States
Theatre [502] Louisville, KY United States
NOV 10, 2015 - NOV 12, 2015
Marion ISD
Marion, TX United States
Marion ISD Marion, TX United States
NOV 07, 2015 - NOV 21, 2015
Glass Theatre
Lynchburg, VA United States
Glass Theatre Lynchburg, VA United States
NOV 07, 2015 - NOV 07, 2015
Milton High School Theatre
Kathleen, GA United States
Milton High School Theatre Kathleen, GA United States
NOV 06, 2015 - NOV 15, 2015
Theatre [502]
Louisville, KY United States
Theatre [502] Louisville, KY United States
NOV 06, 2015 - NOV 28, 2015
PURE Theatre
Charleston, SC United States
PURE Theatre Charleston, SC United States
NOV 05, 2015 - NOV 22, 2015
Class 6 Theatre
Mesa, AZ United States
Class 6 Theatre Mesa, AZ United States
NOV 02, 2015 - DEC 12, 2015
The New School for Drama
New York, NY United States
The New School for Drama New York, NY United States
OCT 21, 2015 - OCT 24, 2015
Milton High School Theatre
Milton, GA United States
Milton High School Theatre Milton, GA United States
AUG 01, 2015 - AUG 30, 2015
Mt. View High School Bookstore
Tucson, AZ United States
Mt. View High School Bookstore Tucson, AZ United States
JUL 31, 2015 - AUG 05, 2015
Harvey Theatre
Interlochen, MI United States
Harvey Theatre Interlochen, MI United States
JUL 25, 2015 - AUG 29, 2015
Coeurage Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA United States
Coeurage Theatre Company Los Angeles, CA United States
MAY 08, 2015 - MAY 08, 2015
Rockwall High School
Rockwall, TX United States
Rockwall High School Rockwall, TX United States
MAY 06, 2015 - JUN 07, 2015
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co.
Brewster, MA United States
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co. Brewster, MA United States
MAY 01, 2015 - MAY 01, 2015
East Mecklenburg High School
Indian Land, SC United States
East Mecklenburg High School Indian Land, SC United States
APR 30, 2015 - MAY 02, 2015
Burbank High School
Burbank, CA United States
Burbank High School Burbank, CA United States
APR 16, 2015 - APR 25, 2015
University Wisconsin Fox Theatre
Menasha, WI United States
University Wisconsin Fox Theatre Menasha, WI United States
APR 10, 2015 - APR 11, 2015
Franklin University Switzerland
Sorengo, Switzerland
Franklin University Switzerland Sorengo, Switzerland
MAR 26, 2015 - APR 04, 2015
Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL United States
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL United States
MAR 05, 2015 - MAR 06, 2015
Junction City High School
Junction City, OR United States
Junction City High School Junction City, OR United States
DEC 01, 2014 - DEC 02, 2014
Rincon/University High School
Tucson, AZ United States
Rincon/University High School Tucson, AZ United States
JUL 18, 2014 - JUL 19, 2014
Friends of Perry-Mansfield, Inc.
Steamboat Springs, CO United States
Friends of Perry-Mansfield, Inc. Steamboat Springs, CO United States
NOV 20, 2014 - DEC 07, 2014
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY United States
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY United States
OCT 09, 2014 - OCT 13, 2014
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC United States
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC United States
AUG 01, 2014 - AUG 10, 2014
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Minneapolis, MN United States
Minnesota Fringe Festival Minneapolis, MN United States
JUN 05, 2014 - JUN 29, 2014
Marin Theatre Company
Mill Valley, CA United States
Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley, CA United States
APR 25, 2014 - MAY 18, 2014
The HUB Theatre
Fairfax, VA United States
The HUB Theatre Fairfax, VA United States
JAN 29, 2014 - FEB 01, 2014
Denver School of the Arts
Denver, CO United States
Denver School of the Arts Denver, CO United States
JAN 22, 2014 - FEB 16, 2014
Stages Repertory Theater
Houston, TX United States
Stages Repertory Theater Houston, TX United States
OCT 23, 2013 - OCT 28, 2013
Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle, WA United States
Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA United States
OCT 10, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
The Catamounts
Boulder, CO United States
The Catamounts Boulder, CO United States
JUL 14, 2013 - AUG 10, 2013
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Normal, IL United States
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Normal, IL United States
MAY 08, 2013 - MAY 26, 2013
Azuka Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
Azuka Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States
NOV 16, 2012 - DEC 30, 2012
Victory Gardens Theater
Chicago, IL United States
Victory Gardens Theater Chicago, IL United States
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MAY 03, 2018 - MAY 05, 2018
Duluth East HS
Duluth, MN United States
Duluth East HS Duluth, MN United States
MAR 22, 2018 - MAR 24, 2018
Hemet High School
Hemet, CA United States
Hemet High School Hemet, CA United States
DEC 06, 2017 - DEC 09, 2017
Ohio University
Athens, OH United States
Ohio University Athens, OH United States
NOV 03, 2017 - NOV 04, 2017
Flintridge Preparatory School
La Cañada, CA United States
Flintridge Preparatory School La Cañada, CA United States
NOV 02, 2017 - NOV 05, 2017
Loyola Acadmey
Wilmette, IL United States
Loyola Acadmey Wilmette, IL United States
NOV 02, 2017 - NOV 06, 2017
Leland Public School
Leland, MI United States
Leland Public School Leland, MI United States
OCT 26, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
St. Joseph's Catholic School
Greenville, SC United States
St. Joseph's Catholic School Greenville, SC United States
OCT 20, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
Beacon Academy
Evanston, IL United States
Beacon Academy Evanston, IL United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
McIntosh High School
Peachtree City, GA United States
McIntosh High School Peachtree City, GA United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 21, 2017
Lakeside Theater Co
Atlanta, GA United States
Lakeside Theater Co Atlanta, GA United States
OCT 18, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Oconee County High School
Watkinsville, GA United States
Oconee County High School Watkinsville, GA United States
OCT 13, 2017 - OCT 14, 2017
Miami Valley School
Dayton, OH United States
Miami Valley School Dayton, OH United States
OCT 12, 2017 - OCT 14, 2017
Coronado High School
El Paso, TX United States
Coronado High School El Paso, TX United States
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Location
APR 14, 2017 - APR 23, 2017
Center Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA United States
Center Theatre Group Los Angeles, CA United States
APR 13, 2017 - MAY 01, 2017
Rockfire Theatre
Arabi, LA United States
Rockfire Theatre Arabi, LA United States
FEB 03, 2017 - FEB 19, 2017
AthensWest Theatre Company
Lexington, KY United States
AthensWest Theatre Company Lexington, KY United States
NOV 06, 2015 - NOV 28, 2015
PURE Theatre
Charleston, SC United States
PURE Theatre Charleston, SC United States
MAY 06, 2015 - JUN 07, 2015
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co.
Brewster, MA United States
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co. Brewster, MA United States
AUG 01, 2014 - AUG 10, 2014
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Minneapolis, MN United States
Minnesota Fringe Festival Minneapolis, MN United States
JUN 05, 2014 - JUN 29, 2014
Marin Theatre Company
Mill Valley, CA United States
Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley, CA United States
APR 25, 2014 - MAY 18, 2014
The HUB Theatre
Fairfax, VA United States
The HUB Theatre Fairfax, VA United States
JAN 22, 2014 - FEB 16, 2014
Stages Repertory Theater
Houston, TX United States
Stages Repertory Theater Houston, TX United States
JUL 14, 2013 - AUG 10, 2013
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Normal, IL United States
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Normal, IL United States
MAY 08, 2013 - MAY 26, 2013
Azuka Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
Azuka Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States
NOV 16, 2012 - DEC 30, 2012
Victory Gardens Theater
Chicago, IL United States
Victory Gardens Theater Chicago, IL United States

Awards (1)

Nominated, Jeff Award, Best New Work (2012)

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