Failure: A Love Story


Failure: A Love Story

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-6, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ramseyer Auditorium.

Cast list announced

Bluffton University Theatre will present the play “Failure: A Love Story” by Philip Dawkins from Nov. 4-7. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-6, and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. Dr. Melissa Friesen, professor of theatre and communication, will direct the show.

In the play, colorful characters and a whimsical chorus tell the story of three sisters, their brother and an ardent suitor living above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out in 1928. A magical, tender fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, Bluffton University faculty and staff, non-Bluffton University students. Bluffton University students will have free admission. Purchase tickets at Masks are required, and socially distanced seating is available for the November 5 and 7 performances.

The roles and participating students are as follows:


Adam Shanaman ’22 of Bellevue, Ohio

Gertrude Fail

Payton Stephens ’23 of Lebanon, Ohio

Jenny June Fail

Audrey Hazelton ’23 of Ada, Ohio     

Nelly Fail

Abby Bush ’24 Marion, Ohio

John N. Fail

Travon Mason ’23 of Erlanger, Kentucky


Andrea Burden ’25 of Quincy, Ohio


Victoria “Aspyn” Rafac ’25 of Indian Lake, Ohio

Theatre Assistant

Rosanna Barber ’25 of Bowling Green, Ohio

Theatre Assistant

Emily Dienstberger ’25 of Delphos, Ohio

Theatre Assistant

Jose Duron Vargas ’23 of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Theatre Assistant

Cierra Long ’23 of Urbana, Ohio

Theatre Assistant

Taylor Waldeck ’23 of Springfield, Ohio               

Joan Bauer and Merv Schrock, both from Findlay, Ohio, will be the costume designer and the technical director, respectively.