Rehearsing Failure. Theatre Novi Most, January through February 2015
January 24-February 22, 2015
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis
Living in exile in Los Angeles after fleeing the Nazis, Brecht rehearses The Life of Galileo with his wife Helene Weigel and two of his former lovers, Elizabeth Hauptmann, a writer, and Ruth Berlau, a director. As they work on this epic history play over the summer of 1947, the themes of Galileo resonate with Brecht’s own life and the unique relationships he had with his collaborators. Rehearsing Failure focuses on Brecht’s ensemble, particularly the women who sacrificed their own recognition to create some of the most important theatre of the twentieth century. With original songs and an unconventional structure, Rehearsing Failure borrows from Brecht’s own playbook – it’s a play that reaches back into history to examine contemporary themes of politics, sex and complicity. By doing so, Rehearsing Failure asks the question: What do you need to survive, as an artist and a person, and what are you willing to sacrifice?
Lisa Channer directs the premiere with script by Cory Hinkle, music composed and performed by Annie Enneking & Dan Dukich and dramaturgical consulting by Matthias Rothe. The cast includes Barbra Berlovitz, Pearce Bunting, Annie Enneking, Billy Mullaney and Sara Richardson.
For showtimes and more info: Theatre Novi Most. Rehearsing Failure is one project of the IAS Collaborative Rehearsing Failure: Brecht’s America. Director Lisa Channer and dramaturg Matthias Rothe also moderated a panel discussion in November entitled “To Embrace Failure? A Multi-disciplinary Rethinking“.