A Noble Failure

by Susan Mach

January 11, 2013 - February 3, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
- Winningstad Theater -
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Actor in a Lead Role - Bruce Burkhartsmeier


In this call-to-arms, Mach shares an eye-opening look at the current state of America’s public education system. Navigating a minefield of competition, quotas, retention, privatization, class size, corporate welfare, and litigation is tricky on the best of days, but what does any of it have to do with teaching Johnny to read? Told with empathy and humor, and featuring a rich cast of characters, A NOBLE FAILURE is startling in its immediacy and passionate in its plea to ‘Save Our Schools’.

A Noble Failure will be presented as a part of Fertile Ground 2013, Portland’s festival of new and developing works. A limited number of seats will be available for purchase each night using a Fertile Ground festival pass.


A teacher at Clackamas Community College, Mach is on a creative hot streak, having also won an Oregon Book Award and landed a spot on Artists Rep's 2012-13 season with her play "The Lost Boy." A staged reading in January's Fertile Ground festival built up the buzz for "A Noble Failure," which deals with the rising rhetoric about failing schools and Mach's contention that it is part of a campaign to push for the privitization of American education. Company member Bruce Burkhartsmeier, Mach's husband, will star.The Oregonian

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Photos by Owen Carey