Rehearsing Failure

June 20-23, 2013


Part conceptual rock concert, part experimental docu-drama, Bertolt Brecht rehearses his final show, a remount of The Life of Galileo. As he does, he is haunted by his “ex-girlfriends” who have come back to make certain he looks at the contradictions in his politics, his art, and his life. A "staged concept album," this show explores Bertolt Brecht’s complicated collaborations with Elizabeth Hauptmann, Helene Weigel and Ruth Berlau as well as his own obsessive regrets about his moment of capitulation before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.


Rehearsing Failure is conceived by director Lisa Channer, playwright Cory Hinkle and composer Annie Enneking and features performers Barbra Berlovitz, Pearce Bunting, Dan Dukich, Annie Enneking, Billy Mullaney and Sara Richardson.

Lisa Channer is a co-founder of Theatre Novi Most and an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Minnesota. She has staged work in venues across the Twin Cities and around the world. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for work in Russia in spring 2011. She has an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

Cory Hinkle’s writing has been produced or developed at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis' Southern Theater (with Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp's Moving Company), the Williamstown Theater Festival, SPF Summer Play Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Illusion Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Salvage Vanguard, P73 Productions, Hangar Theater, and Red Eye Theater, among others. He is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships, a MAP Fund Grant, a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, and a PWC/NET Grant to co-create Rehearsing Failure. His work is published by Heinemann, Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is a Core Alumnus of the Playwrights' Center, a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University.

Annie Enneking is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang, which recently released its self-titled, debut album with the support of the Minnesota Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Fund. Annie was a finalist for the 2009 Bush Fellowship, and a recipient of the 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, in support of her original music theatre work, The Joans. Annie was a 2010 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow. She also is a fight director and an Associate Fight Instructor with Dueling Arts International, and has staged violence at theaters throughout the area.


Photo credit: Bill Prouty

New Works 4 Weeks is supported with project funding from Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature. Red Eye’s 29th season is made possible with general operating support from the Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.