Can You Hold Me? This is the last line that the character Failure played by Sarah Garton Stanley speaks at the end of the show. It is a direct question to the audience. Every night
members of the audience would come up and give Failure a hug. Or maybe they were hugging Sarah. We never knew. By that point it didn’t really matter. Failure attempts to give you the tools to understand why it has all gone so horribly wrong, and without solving anything, seeks to see if this wrong turn can still hold value in a market economy based on success. Failure exposes herself and contradicts herself, and truth be told discovers some previously unknown things about herself. This One-Person show fails to complete a lecture, fails to turn grey skies to blue and most decidedly fails to come up with a compelling recovery plan for Failures hometown: Detroit. But Failure does get a hug and that’s a start. Isn’t it?
Performed February 8-12, 2012 at the Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto