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Philip Dawkins

Critically acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins will help open this year’s book festival with the staging of his play Failure: a Love Story at UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center Theatre. Failure was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work following its premiere in 2012.

A review in the Chicago Sun Times called the production a “wonderful show that is profound, yet at the very same time whimsical beyond all imaging” and a Chicago Tribune review described it as a “tale full of emotional riches."

Dawkins other plays include Miss Marx: or the Involuntary Effect of Living, The Homosexuals, and Le Switch. He is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, and a founding member of Chicago Opera Vanguard. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and teaches in Chicago and around the country.

In a recent Playwright Center interview, Dawkins said, “I think of different theaters as portals between worlds, and the plays I write give me access to these worlds through these different portals. I love popping up in new portals…learning more about how different communities/worlds like to tell and receive their stories."

Dawkins will be popping up at UW-Fox Valley for a special event performance on April 17, 2015. Failure: a Love Story is scheduled to run April 16 – April 25.

Photo credit: Nicole Radja

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