An oil lamp

Failure: A Love Story

by Philip Dawkins

July 21st - September 4th

You can either be a grump about death, or you can live, love, and sing some catchy songs along the way.

The performance runs approximately two hours with an intermission.

The year is 1928 and we meet the Fail sisters: Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty. Born in that order. The sisters were bubbly, determined, and brittle. Also in that order. Set in the family home and clock shop near the Chicago River, this magical, musical fable follows the Fail sisters’ triumphs and tragedies. As with so many things in life such as blunt objects, disappearances and consumption, the Fail sisters never saw death coming. Happily ever after can’t last forever. But in this upbeat look at life’s ups and downs, we learn you can either be a grump about death, or you can live, love, and sing some songs along the way.

Written by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Xavier Custodio

(in alphabetical order)
Trevor Earley …. Mortimer Mortimer
Van Ferro ….. John N.
Philip J. Macaluso …. Chorus Member
Kendal Romero …. Gerty, Jenny June, Nelly Fail
Jasmine Robertson …. Chorus Member
Jordan Zelvin …. Chorus Member

Esther Fishbein…. Gertie, Jenny June, Nelly Fail (U/S)
Rae Hamilton-Vargo …. John & Chorus (U/S)
Katie Luchtenburg …. Chorus Member (U/S)
Brooks Whitlock …. Mortimer Mortimer (U/S)

Xavier Custodio …. Director
Philip Dawkins …. Playwright
Elizabeth Monti …. Costume Designer
Jay Pastucha …. Sound & Co-Set Designer
Hannah Wien …. Lighting Designer
Rochelle Hovde …. Stage Manager
Greg Korak …. Technical Director
Ellen Markus …. Props & Co-Set Designer
Daniella Rukin …. Music Director
Jordan Zelvin …. Choreographer

Xavier Custodio is one of the Co-Founders and Artistic Director of Visión Latino Theatre Company. He feels honored to be directing Failure: A Love Story, and getting the opportunity to work with Oil Lamp Theater to bring this fun story to life. Xavier’s directing credits includes: Y Tu Abuela, Where is She?, Baskerville: A Sherklock Holmes Mystery, Stories of Us, Fame, In The Heights, Yellow Eyes, Revolt, and Parachute Man (Assistant Director). He has been in the following productions: The Scarecrow (Minster Dodge), Rent (Benny), Godspell (John the Baptist), Man of La Mancha (Juan), Nine Lives: A Musical Web Series (BFPS Manger), Evita, Ragtime, and The Wiz.



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