Failure: A Love Story

Date: May 7, 2015 — June 7, 2015
Days & Times:

Wed. & Thurs. at 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm, Sun. at 2 pm
No performances May 10, 13 & 20

Price: $28

By Philip Dawkins
Directed by Maura Hanlon


“Upon entering the United States, the first order of business for Heiner and Marishka Failbottom was to have their bottoms chopped off by an overzealous Ellis Island desk clerk.” – a sentence from this comic love story, set in Chicago in 1928, told by a small ensemble of actors who play all of the people, the animals, the music and most of the inanimate objects. To describe it in any more detail will rob you of the joyful surprise in every twist and turn of fate in this brilliant little fable.



Holly Erin McCarthy (Gerty) is a native Cape Codder and veteran
Cape Rep actor who appeared in last year’s season opener, Jerusalem, and directed the hit children’s show, Lyle the Crocodile. Other Cape Rep credits include Avenue Q, Wintertime, By the Bog of Cats, and almost twenty other productions. Holly is also
the Founding Executive Director of Theater Under the Stairs, now in their h season.

Jenny June

Liz Tancredi (Jenny June) is an actress in NYC, last seen here at Cape Rep
as Rachel Crabbe in One Man, Two Guvnors. Favorite theater credits include Measure for Measure (Roxy Regional, TN), These Seven Sicknesses, Restoration Comedy ( The Flea Theater– both Drama Desk nominated), She Stoops to Conquer (NYC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Syracuse, NY), Icarus; a folk opera (Oberon/A.R.T.), The Memory of Water, Hedda Gabler, The Comedy of Errors (Boston, MA) and Snow White (Berkshire eater Festival). Originally from Amherst, MA, Liz graduated with a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. For more theater, film, and teaching credits go to A big thank you Mo, my parents, and my dear fiancé.


Meghan Magrath (Nelly) was last seen in Cape Rep’s production of Funny Girl (Mrs. O’Malley, Jenny). Other past credits at Cape Rep include My Fair Lady, The Emperor’s New Clothes, A Year with Frog and Toad, Steel Pier, Blithe Spirit, and 2011’s Old Sea Pines Inn Dinner Revue. She has also performed as a company singer with Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston (A Little Bit of Ireland, ChristmasTime). In New York, she appeared in e BooVerhaeghe Show (Playroom Theater), and most recently debuted her cabaret act, MegMag, at Radio Bushwick. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.

John N.

Sam Gillam (John N.) – is excited to return to Cape Rep. Past credits include Trip in Other Desert Cities (New Century eater), Stevie in Good People, Alan in One Man, Two Guvnors, Vinny in 9-Ball (Cape Rep), Cliff in Cabaret, Marco in A View From the Bridge, Orestes in Visions of an Ancient Dreamer, Michael in The Pillowman, Junior in Escape from Happiness, Young Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer (Brandeis Theatre Company), Fred in A Christmas Carol, Dwarf/Huntsman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Berkshire Theatre Group), Warren in This is Our Youth, and Baby San
in Tracers (Standing O Productions). Sam graduated with an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. He would like to thank his fiancée, his family and friends for their support and love.

Mortimer Mortimer

Jonathan C. Whitney (Mortimer Mortimer) is excited to return to Cape Rep Theatre playing Stanley Stubbers in last years production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Other productions: I Like
To Be Here (New Ohio Theatre, NYC), Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (various NYC locations), Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Snug/Fight Director in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jamie/Mark in Love/ Sick, and Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls (Ball State University). Jonathan has also appeared in web series, music videos, and ads. Currently living in NYC, BFA, Acting, 2013 Ball State University.

Everything Else

Jared Hagan (Everything Else) has appeared at Cape Rep in e Light In the Piazza, Jerusalem, The Mystery
of Edwin Drood, Spamalot, Mack & Mabel, Avenue Q, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, How
I Became a Pirate, A Class Act, My Fair Lady, Wintertime, A Year with Frog & Toad, Ragtime, Seussical, Steel Pier, Urinetown, Lady in the Dark, and five Sea Pines Revues. NYC: Two Hearts Bleed As One (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Avenue Q (GEVA), Master Class (Eventide), Streakin’ (New Provincetown eater), Batboy, Cabaret, Hair (PTC), Floyd Collins, Closer an Ever, The Lion in Winter (Counter Productions), A Grand Night for Singing, Little Women, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HJT), and Talking With (TUTS).

Everything Else

Andrew Ford (Everything Else) is thrilled to be back on stage at Cape Rep! Audiences may remember
him as Rev. Crisparkle in 2013’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood and as Brian in 2011-2012’s Avenue Q. Other recent credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Broward Stage Door Theater & Arizona Broadway Theater) and the title role in The Mikado (Cohoes Music Hall). Favorite roles include the Boss in Side Show (CCM), LeFou in Beauty & the Beast (La Comedia), the Herald in Marat/Sade (CCM) and Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff (Naples Dinner Theater). Andrew has also appeared with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and aboard Disney Cruise Line. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.



Maura Hanlon (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays including  Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep), and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). Mo is a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and most recently, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (including for last season’s productions of Failure: A Love Story and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) and a playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace! and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a Holy Cross grad who studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory, and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. Twice nominated for the prestigious Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum, many of her productions have been named among the favorites in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of….” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and for the Harwich Junior Theatre. Special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus, and Macklin.

Set Design

Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Cape Rep credits:  Jerusalem, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anna Christie, Avenue Q, Xanadu, Dirty Blonde, A Class Act, Eurydice, Side Man, Beauty Queen of Leenane and Circle Mirror Transformation. Recent designs in the Northeast include The Odyssey (World Premiere), Trouble in Tahiti (Glimmerglass Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare & Co./ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), and The Fabulous Lipitones (WHAT). Regional credits: Heathers, Sweet Potato Queens (World Premiere), First Date (Houston Press, Best Musical 2015), Striking 12, Bonnie & Clyde (TUTS Undergound), Smokey Joe’s Cafe ( Theatre Under the Stars ), Marie Antoinette (Houston Press Best Scenic Design, 2015), The Language Archive (Stages Theatre, Houston–2013 BATEH Scenic Design Award, Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design nominee), The Birds, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company), Boom (Black Lab Theatre, 2013 BATEH Award Nominee), Mother Divine (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Next to Normal, Much Ado About Nothing (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), 9 to 5 The Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Legacy eatre, Atlanta). International: Henry V, As You Like It, Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech Republic). Opera: The Magic Flute (San Jose Opera), Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Marriage of Figaro (New Orleans Opera), Bound, From My Mother’s Mother, Your Name Means the Sea (World Premieres) (Houston Grand Opera – HGOco). Ballet: Tsuru (World Premeire) (Houston Ballet/Asia Society Texas). Upcoming projects include Million Dollar Quartet ( Theatre Under the Stars), Wilde Tales, a world premiere youth opera commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, NY.

Costume Design

Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) has been resident Costume Designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. She has also been the resident designer at Harwich Junior Theatre and she has designed for Wheelock Family Theatre, Cape Cod Community College and WHAT. Robin is a nationally-known designer of handmade journey bags.

Lighting Design

Phil Kong (Lighting Design) Cape Rep Theatre credits include Good People, Jerusalem, Next to Normal, and Good Bye Mary Rose. Phil’s work has been seen internationally in dance, theater, and events. His most recent work includes Scenic Design for Menschen Machen Menschen in Hamburg and Lighting Design for the Czech Republic premiere of Into the Woods in Prague. Phil now splits his time between New York City and Hamburg.


Melissa Becker (Props Design) is a graduate of Emerson College. Last seen on the Cape Rep stage in Footlight Fantasies On the Road and Good People, she is a co-founder of Cape Rep children’s theatre and directed Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, Stuart Little, House at Pooh Corner, and Raggedy Ann.

Stage Manager

Holly Hansen (Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning to Cape Rep, having worked on Funny Girl last fall. She is currently in The Heiress at Eventide Arts, where she was seen last in HONK! the Musical. She also wrote and performed The Gift of the Magi at Cotuit Center for the Arts with her partner in crime Ari Lew. Holly has spent the last five summers performing Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, and interactive improv at
the Sterling Festival in Upstate New York, as well as teaching language and dialects there. She has a BFA in Acting from Elon University.

** Member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studios.


Cape Rep’s ‘Failure’ a success

“It’s a promising start to scroll down a program’s cast list and see that two actors (Jared Hagan and Andrew Ford) are playing, as it says in the playbill, “Everything Else, including the kitchen sink.” – Cape Cod Times

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