Epic Fail

Play #: 2014
Pages: 25 pgs
Cast: Entirely gender flexible cast of 5-30+

Teenagers are faced with failure every day. Some mornings it feels like they have the letter F stamped on their foreheads in bright red ink. In a series of hilarious vignettes, students take on a multitude of challenges, each from a different perspective. From learning to driving a car, seemingly with mind of its own, to having an argument with a bag of chips in a vending machine, these teenagers discover that the only way to succeed is to stare failure in the face. And if they're going to take that risk, they might as well make it epic! Endless opportunities for creative staging, especially when fellow actors portray the gearshift, gas and brake pedals in the car scene. A true ensemble piece as any number of actors can be a part of the chorus or perform one of the many smaller roles.

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CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TAMPA, FL 10/27/2018
CHEYENNE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, WY 5/25/2018
DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GLENDALE, AZ 4/23/2018
HOBBS SCHOOL WAREHOUSE 1 Performance(s)
HOBBS, NM 3/15/2018
BLENNERHASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PARKERSBURG, WV 2/10/2018
LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ASHLAND, VA 1/11/2018
WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JESUP, GA 11/17/2017
CHEYENNE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, OK 10/7/2017
WILBUR PENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DAYTON, VA 6/2/2017
REAMS PERFORMING ARTS BOOSTER 1 Performance(s)
MIDDLETOWN, VA 5/15/2017
ALAMEDA SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALAMEDA, SK 5/12/2017
SPIRITWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SPIRITWOOD, SK 5/1/2017
MINAHIK WASKAHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCE ALBERT, SK 5/1/2017
MCCORMICK JR. HIGH 1 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, WY 4/24/2017
MINAHIK WASKAHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCE ALBERT, SK 4/20/2017
HOLY INNOCENTS EPISCOPAL SCHO 2 Performance(s)
ATLANTA, GA 3/23/2017
JENS HAVEN MEMORIAL SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NAIN, NL 3/16/2017
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PAW PAW, MI 1/28/2017
NOLI INDIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAN JACINTO, CA 11/18/2016
CARROLLTON HIGH PERFORMING ART 1 Performance(s)
CARROLLTON, GA 10/18/2016
KVCS WINSLOW JR. HIGH 2 Performance(s)
WINSLOW, ME 10/15/2016
DES MOINES MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
DES MOINES, NM 10/7/2016
PARK HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MO 6/15/2016
WILLOWSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SANTA ROSA, CA 5/5/2016
ABRAHAM LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CENTENNIAL, CO 5/1/2016
THE TOME SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEWARK, DE 5/1/2016
PRAIRIE MUSIC ARTS 1 Performance(s)
SUN PRAIRIE, WI 4/28/2016
COMPASS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MERIDIAN, ID 4/28/2016
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PINELLAS PARK, FL 4/15/2016
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WINTERVILLE, NC 3/11/2016
THE BROOK HILL SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BULLARD, TX 12/11/2015
BROWN COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
NASHVILLE, IN 11/17/2015
RAY HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
RAY, ND 11/17/2015
RUGBY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
RUGBY, ND 11/5/2015
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WEST DEPTFORD, NJ 10/29/2015
LAWRENCE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 9/9/2015
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NEWPORT, TN 5/15/2015
VANDEVENTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FRISCO, TX 5/1/2015
COCKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEWPORT, TN 5/1/2015
JAMESTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JAMESTOWN, ND 4/21/2015
PLEASANT HILL MIDDLE SCH 2 Performance(s)
PLEASANT HILL, CA 3/25/2015
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CHAPEL HILL, NO 3/11/2015
BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ARLINGTON, TN 1/30/2015
REMSEN UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
REMSEN, IA 1/24/2015
ANNVILLE-CLEONA MSHS 1 Performance(s)
ANNVILLE, PA 1/5/2015
RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MONONGAHELA, PA 11/19/2014
BADIN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HAMILTON, OH 11/13/2014
RIVERHEADS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
STAUNTON, VA 10/29/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
BETHESDA, MD 10/1/2014
STORY THEATER COMPANY 1 Performance(s)
AMES, IA 8/1/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
FREEPORT, FL 6/1/2014
SAM TASBY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DALLAS, TX 5/22/2014
PACOIMA MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PACOIMA, CA 5/15/2014
ASPEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 5/15/2014
HONAKER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HONAKER, VA 5/8/2014
REICHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WACO, TX 5/7/2014
THE COMMODORE PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
HAZARD, KY 4/27/2014
WOLSELEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WOLSELEY, SK 4/10/2014
ST. PAULS INTERMEDIATE 1 Performance(s)
GANDER NL, CA 4/4/2014
NORTON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
NORTON, MA 3/14/2014
GAYLESVILLE SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
GAYLESVILLE, AL 3/7/2014
NORTHWEST GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 3/7/2014
FHS THEATRE- DRAMA DEPT 1 Performance(s)
FRANKLIN, NC 2/22/2014
RJ MURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAINT AUGUSTINE , FL 2/21/2014
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GRAIN VALLEY, MO 2/17/2014
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BLUE EARTH, MN 1/25/2014
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OAK CREEK, WI 1/14/2014
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ERIEL, NJ 1/10/2014
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WEST ALLIS, WI 1/10/2014
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BRANDON, MN 12/24/2013
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MAPLE CREEK, SK 12/12/2013
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ALGOMA, WI 11/24/2013
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HAMILTON, IN, IN 11/14/2013
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FRANKLIN, NE 11/8/2013
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MANDAN, ND 11/4/2013
BROWN COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
NASHVILLE, IN 10/15/2013
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ODELL, NE 9/15/2013
ALGOMA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALGOMA, WI 9/15/2013
WALKERTON DISTRICT COMMUNITY S 2 Performance(s)
WALKERTON , ON 6/13/2013
ROBERT E. AYLOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MIDDLETOWN, VA 6/4/2013
FARNSWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SHEBOYGAN, WI 5/31/2013
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MOUNT PLEASANT, NC 5/30/2013
POWDER VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NORTH POWDER, OR 5/22/2013
MATTHEW J KUSS MIDDLE SCL 2 Performance(s)
NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI 5/17/2013
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MILTON, FL 5/14/2013
SCOTTS CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SYLVA, NC 5/10/2013
TURTLEFORD COMMUNITY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TURTLEFORD, SK 5/8/2013
CHHS DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
MERIDIAN, ID 5/3/2013
EAST ROBERTSON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CROSS PLAINS, TN 5/3/2013
BADIN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HAMILTON, OH 5/3/2013
DOVER-SHERBORN MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
DOVER, MA 4/26/2013
COFFEE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DOUGLAS, GA 4/26/2013
SAINT JEROME SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WEYMOUTH, MA 4/25/2013
PEARCE JUNIOR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
BURIN BAY ARM, NL 4/12/2013
PREECEVILLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PREECEVILLE, SK 4/11/2013
REDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
REDFIELD , SD 3/26/2013
CHAPIN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHAPIN, SC 3/15/2013
SCARBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SCARBOROUGH, ME 3/9/2013
MENA HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MENA, AR 3/1/2013
SCARBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SCARBOROUGH, ME 3/1/2013
RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BRADSHAW, WV 2/22/2013
MAZAMA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KLAMATH FALLS , OR 2/8/2013
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
SNELLVILLE, GA 1/31/2013
COFFEE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DOUGLAS, GA 1/29/2013
RED ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAMBERTON, MN 1/26/2013
VAN BUREN SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
FINDLAY, OH 1/13/2013
PALM SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL 12/13/2012
KAUAI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2 Performance(s)
LIHUE, HI 12/8/2012
MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GRANITEVILLE, SC 12/5/2012
MOUNTAIN BROOK JUNIOR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
BIRMINGHAM, AL 11/29/2012
CUMBERLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CUMBERLAND, VA 11/17/2012
ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ORTONVILLE, MN 11/16/2012
PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCETON, WV 11/15/2012
ELLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ELLENDALE, ND 11/15/2012
MEAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
MEAD, NE 11/14/2012
ELCHO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELCHO, WI 11/9/2012
SANDHILLS HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
DUNNING, NE 11/7/2012
GARDNER - SOUTH WILMINGTON HS 2 Performance(s)
GARDNER, IL 11/2/2012
DAN RIVER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RINGGOLD, VA 11/1/2012
CUMBERLAND CTY. PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CUMBERLAND, VA 10/26/2012
LAKELAND HIGHLANDS MIDDLE SCHO 2 Performance(s)
LAKELAND, FL 10/26/2012
DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
HOWARD CITY, MI 10/21/2012
CUMBERLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CUMBERLAND, VA 10/19/2012
TARBUT VTORAH 1 Performance(s)
IRVINE, CA 10/2/2012
WASA 1 Performance(s)
WILLCOX, AZ 9/20/2012
MBCI 1 Performance(s)
WINNIPEG, MB 6/15/2012
CLIFFORD H SMART MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI 6/11/2012
WILBUR PENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DAYTON, VA 6/1/2012
SAVANNAH ARTS ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
SAVANNAH, GA 5/23/2012
SSSAS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ALEXANDRIA, VA 5/20/2012
LAMONTE SPEECH DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LAMONTE , MO 5/12/2012
GRYGLA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GRYGLA, MN 5/11/2012
HENLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CROZET, VA 5/9/2012
LIVINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LIVINGSTON, CA 5/5/2012
MUSIC ON MAIN THEATER CLASS 1 Performance(s)
ALBEMARLE, NC 5/5/2012
SOMERSET ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL 5/2/2012
MT. VERNON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MOUNT VERNON, MO 5/1/2012
FEDERAL HOCKING HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
STEWART, OH 4/30/2012
MERROL HYDE MAGNET SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HENDERSONVILLE, TN 4/26/2012
DAVIDSON SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DAVIDSON, SK 4/18/2012
JENKINS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PALATKA, FL 4/15/2012
CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SANTA FE, NM 4/15/2012
PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHESTERFIELD, MO 4/15/2012
WACHTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BISMARCK, ND 4/12/2012
EATON SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
EATONIA, , SK 3/27/2012
JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAFAYETTE, IN 3/22/2012
HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HANOVER, PA 3/15/2012
WEST MESA HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA I 1 Performance(s)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 3/15/2012
PEORIA HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PEORIA HEIGHTS, IL 3/3/2012
DAVID L. RAHN JR. HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MT. MORRIS, IL 2/15/2012
DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MINDEN , NV 2/2/2012
MCLAUGHLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAKE WALES, FL 1/28/2012
SIBLEY EAST HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ARLINGTON, MN 1/23/2012
LESTER PRAIRIE SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN 1/23/2012
PRIOR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAVAGE, MN 1/20/2012
HOLDINGFORD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HOLDINGFORD, MN 1/13/2012
JOHNSON-WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BERRYVILLE, VA 12/16/2011
FORT BRAGG UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST 1 Performance(s)
FORT BRAGG, CA 12/16/2011
DURHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LEWISVILLE, TX 12/15/2011

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT BRADLEY HAYWARD

TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY “EPIC FAIL”

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: Barely a day goes by that I don't see a Facebook status update that says "Epic Fail!" Every time I think to myself, why are we so afraid of failure? Not only do I think we all have to experience failure in order to learn from our mistakes and put our best feet forward, but success is so much sweeter if you've really had to work for it. So I decided to come up with some of the major failures we all experienced in high school and present them in a funny way. In the end, I think everyone will be able to relate to the dilemmas that these characters face and smile at how they were able to overcome these obstacles.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I have a tremendous sweet tooth and often feel like candy and soda pop are calling my name, so I decided that's exactly what I would include in the play. I can personally relate to Logan's argument with the snacks in the vending machine, which is basically an inventive way to show her inner dialogue. My favorite line is when the bag of carrots realizes that even Pepto Bismol has a better place in the vending machine. I also love the scene where Chris is learning how to drive and all of the car parts become characters. The opportunities for creative staging are endless and I am excited to see how different schools approach this fun challenge.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: I believe that we have all feared failure at different times in our lives, so with that in mind, the characters reflect each and every one of us. From failed tests to failed relationships, the characters represent our ability to rise above any challenge that is hurled our way.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I wanted to include a variety of scenes that are both realistic and theatrical. Quite often our imaginations get carried away, which I think is never a bad thing! So while the scene in the principal's office is very true to life, so is the fantastical scene where Parker literally has a heart-to-heart conversation with her own heart. I also wanted to make sure the play was a true ensemble piece. No matter how big or small the role, all of the actors must work together to present the play, which is also true of real life. I think if we all come together and help each other out, anything is possible.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: This is a fun play to produce and a fun play to watch. The key words here are FUN and PLAY. Have fun with the dialogue and play around with the staging. So long as you keep that in mind, there is no such thing as failure...only epic success!