Laboratory Theater students to stage Failure: A Love Story July 29 – Aug. 8

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The Laboratory Theater of Florida, in conjunction with The Laboratory Theater of Florida: Education, will present Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, opening July 29 at 8 p.m. and playing for two weekends.
Step into 1928 and meet the Fail sisters, Nelly, Jenny June and Gerty. They live above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River and are destined to die within the year in reverse order.
This charming, whimsical play weaves through the story of the Fail sisters, their hopes and dreams, all while inching toward the end of their lives. Tuneful songs and a chorus of clocks follow the sisters as their time runs out in this magical, mystical fable about the power of love.
This show is co-directed by Madelaine Weymouth and Steven Michael Kennedy.
Weymouth notes, “Failure does something curious: it tells you exactly how it will end in the show’s first line. The kids and I had a great discussion: why would a playwright do that? Why give it all away? Eventually, we puzzled out that maybe the ending’s not the best part. The show focuses on how we spend the little time we have, and it does that by making us enjoy spending time with the characters we have onstage. We laugh with them, cry with them, and we root for them, even when we remember the inevitable will happen. That’s the magic of this show: it tells you what will happen, but then dares you to hope otherwise.”
This touching show is presented by the theater’s summer camp students, and all proceeds support the Lab’s education program.
Performance dates are July 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m., Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and matinees Aug. 1 and 8 at 2 pm.
Tickets are $20 ($15 on Thursday nights) for adults and $10 for students with valid student ID. Seating is limited.
For tickets, call the box office at 239-218-0481 or online at
The Laboratory Theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.


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