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CAST LIST – Failure: A Love Story by Phillip Dawkins               

Nelly Fail –Emily Barnett

Jenny June Fail – Ashley Hale 

Gertrude Fail – Emma Olsen

John N. Fail – Vaughn Garigan

Mortimer Mortimer – David Cheek                      

The Chorus – Briley Barnett

The Chorus –Miranda Davis

 Thank you to everyone who auditioned; you are a very talented group of people. If you expressed interest in tech-work for Failure: A Love Story, we will be in touch with you soon. 

Actors: Our first cast meeting will take place on Saturday, February 27 at 2:30pm in the Backdoor Playhouse. We will read-through the script, discuss schedules, take measurements take cast photos and get to know one another. 

This is a powerful and beautiful play and I am so excited to be going on this exciting journey to create a memorable production with all of you. 

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Mark H. Creter

Artistic Director




Failure: A Love Story

by Phillip Dawkins

Monday, February 22, 2021, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Backdoor Playhouse

THE STORY: 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.

Roles are available for 3 women, 2 men

and an ensemble/chorus of 2-3 performers (any gender).

Auditions are open to all interested people.

No preparation is necessary.

Musical ability a plus.

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the scripts.

Failure: A Love Story by Phillip Dawkins will be performed April 8-17, 2021.

 Interested actors are encouraged to read the script in advance. You may borrow one for 24 hours from Mark Creter by contacting him at 931-372-3478 or


For further information call the Theatre office at  931-372-6595 or Mark Creter at 931-372-3478. 

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