In some ways, Loyola Arts is like a mother goose. Yes, of course, there’s our tendency to tell heartwarming stories, but bear with me, there’s more. We also take care of our little fledglings–ready for flying but not quite sure how to stay afloat–until they’re ready to take off on their own. We take a talented group of incoming freshmen and hone their skills, expand their experience, and impart them with the confidence and independence needed to succeed. And like a mother goose, though sad to part with our pseudo-children after four years, we’re always extremely proud of their accomplishments out in the real world. While this comparison is definitely cheesy, we nonetheless think it holds true.
Philip Dawkins–a Loyola University theatre and math alum from 2002–is a fine example of a graduate who has worked hard and found success in Chicago theatre. His new play, Failure: A Love Story, will make its world premiere as a part of Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater 2012-2013 season. On stage from Nov. 16 – Dec. 30, Failure: A Love Story will be the second of five productions for the upcoming season which focuses on the search for home, often in spite of overwhelming odds against that goal.
Here’s the play’s synopsis from the Victory Gardens Theater site:
1928 is the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives. Nelly was the first of the Fail girls to die, followed soon after by her sisters Jenny June and Gerty. As with so many things in life—blunt objects, disappearances and consumption—they never saw death coming. Written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins, Failure: A Love Story is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the Fail family home and clock shop. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love.
Again, we’re so proud of our Loyola alum producing great work–as well as a great mustache–to share with the world. Congratulations, Philip!