By Philip Dawkins
Directed by Michael Matthews
Featuring Original Music by Gregory Nabours
April 14th - 23rd, 2017


Ensemble

  • JOE CALARCO, John Fail
  • JUNE CARRYL, Gertrude Fail
  • MARGARET KATCH, Nelly Fail
  • KURT QUINN, Mortimer Mortimer
  • NICOLE SHALHOUB, Jenny June Fail
  • Chorus: CRISTINA GERLA, KRISTINA JOHNSON, DENVER MILORD, GREGORY NABOURS, NEIL TAFFE, BRANDON RUITER, GINA TORRECILLA, BRITTNEY S. WHEELER
  • Alternates: BEN CAMPBELL, KATIE CANAVAN, ZACH KANNER, KATIE KITANI, CHRISTOPHER SALAZAR, DANNI SPRING, HANNAH MAE STURGESS, JACK SWEENEY, SAMANTHA VALDELLION

"Just because something ends, that don't mean it wasn't a great success."


Directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews and featuring original music by Ovation Award-winning composer Gregory Nabours, Failure: A Love Story chronicles the lives, loves, and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920’s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

Creative Team

  • MICHAEL MATTHEWS, Director
  • EMILY ABBOTT, Production Stage Manager
  • REBECCA EISENBERG, Assistant Director
  • GREGORY NABOURS, Original Music and Music Director
  • JR BRUCE, Scenic Design
  • ALLISON DILLARD, Costume Design
  • MICHAEL O'HARA, Props Design
  • MATTHEW DENMAN, Lighting Design
  • JOHN KLOPPING and MATTHEW DENMAN, Production Photographers
  • RYAN WAGNER, Graphic Design
  • KEN WERTHER PUBLICITY, Press Representative

About the Director

MICHAEL MATTHEWS
Director/SDC
Los Angeles: Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination: Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations: Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Wolves (LA Premiere), All Your Hard Work (World Premiere), Very Still and Hard to See (LA Weekly Nominations: Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards: Best Director and Best Production, Musical), Nerve (LA Premiere), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nominations: Best Director and Best Production, Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination: Best Director, NAACP Award: Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place (Ovation Nomination: Best Director; NAACP Award: Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere) The Temperamentals (West Coast Premiere), Haram! Iran! (West Coast Premiere, GLAAD Nomination), Three Tall WomenThe Santa Land Diaries (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), The Jazz Age (West Coast Premiere), The Prodigal Father (World Premiere), Porcelain, Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Things (Ovation Nominations: Best Director and Best Production; Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations: Best Director and Best Production; Play), Four (West Coast Premiere); Dead End (Assistant Director, Ahmanson Theatre), and The Cherry Orchard (Assistant Director, Mark Taper Forum). Broadway: Butley (Assistant Director). Chicago: What’s Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations: Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations: Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and …for colored girls who have considered suicide… International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010). Michael is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.