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Failure to Communicate

November 02, 2012

Performances on November 2,3, 8, 9 & 10 at 7:30pm.

See Box Office information HERE.


Conceived & Directed by Jonathan Walters
Adapted for the stage by Alex Huebsch & Jonathan Walters
Scene Designer: Associate Professor Michael Olich
Costume Designer: Ashton Hull
Lighting Designer: Staff Technical Director Matthew Robins

Sound Designer: Nicholas Erickson 

Devised by the Cast & Designers

Failure to Communicate is an original new theatre piece created by the Lewis & Clark Theatre Department inspired by the American film class ‘Cool Hand Luke’, re-imagining the setting into a totalitarian society that locks up its citizens when they ‘speak out of place’ in work camps where they can ‘get their mind right’.   In one of these camps a new woman comes in, and shakes up the docile obedient inmates and creates a small, but vital revolution demanding self-worth and freedom from the guards.  The play replaces the lead roles with women, and finds new texts from across the history of the worldwide struggle for civil and human rights to create a lively, song and movement filled new universal story about human dignity.

See an interview the with production’s Director, Dramaturg and a Performer HERE.

One Night ONLY:
“Devising in Contemporary Performance”
November 9, 2012 6-7pm (prior to 7:30pm curtain)
Fir Acres Theatre - Black Box
Admission is free. 

Failure to Communicate is directed by Jonathan Walters and was devised in collaboration with Lewis & Clark students. This panel will look at the different ways that contemporary performing artists are using techniques of devising to create new theatre, and will help to contextualize the work of Lewis & Clark students in Failure to Communicate within a wider framework of contemporary performance.

Panelists include:

Stephen Weeks (Moderator), Chair & Associate Professor (Lewis & Clark)
Jonathan Walters
, Artistic Director (Hand2Mouth)
Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Program Director (PICA)
Peter Ksander, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design (Reed College)
Rebecca Lingafelter, Assistant Professor of Theatre (Lewis & Clark)
Jen Mitas, Lecturer in Contemporary Performance