A Noble Failure

January 11, 2013 - February 3, 2013

Winningstad Theater - 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

*World Premiere*

In this call-to-arms, Susan 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.


  • Writer Susan Mach
  • Director Philip Cuomo
  • Stage Manager Michelle Jazuk
  • Assistant Director Sascha Blocker
  • Scenic Designer Demetri Pavlatos
  • Costume Designer Emily Horton
  • Lighting Designer Jennifer Lin
  • Sound Designer Cameron McFee
  • Dramaturg Larkin Sackett


  • Truman Spencer Bruce Burkhartsmeier
  • Ivan Petrov Rolland Walsh
  • Rosalyn Davies Jacklyn Maddux
  • Barbara Rheiton Maureen Porter
  • Darren Loftus John San Nicolas
  • Hank Foster Gavin Hoffman