“Ever tried, ever failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail Better.” – Samuel Beckett

A love story, between UMO and Beckett. With a teeter totter. And ropes.

UMO explores the thoughts, themes, characters and images inspired by the writing of Samuel Beckett with FAIL BETTER, their critically acclaimed love letter to Samuel Beckett. Five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life, death, and going-on in typical Beckett fashion: with humor, metaphor, stillness, and gross indecency - creating a living, visceral experience. Their exploration takes them into the air on aerial ropes, balancing on a giant sculptural teeter totter and reacting in a sonic world that is the imagined inside of Beckett’s head.

UMO is thrilled to welcome Guest Artists Terry Crane and Jimmy Garver to FAIL BETTER once again. Terry is a world-renowned rope artist, and Jimmy is an extraordinary sound designer. Jon Schroeder, master set builder, designed our giant teeter totter. UMO Ensemble members Janet McAlpinDavid GodseyMaria Glanz and Lyam White perform, and Elizabeth Klob, executive artist of UMO, directs and serves as artistic visionary.

“UMO Ensemble’s remarkable tribute to [Beckett’s] genius, FAIL BETTER is a mesmerizing production... a visual delight and an intellectual teaser.” - The Seattle Times

“A brilliantly performed and orchestrated show… an artistic postcard from the edge of reality well worth going to see, hear, feel and experience.” - L. Steven Sieden,

Huffington Post


VASHON: Thursday, March 7, 7:30pm

Open Space for Arts & Community
18870 103rd Ave SW, Vashon 98070

Open Space for Arts & Community


A Benefit Performance for UMO: Admission by Donation

UMO builds our shows from the ground-up. Concept, movement, script, sound: every element is born in the rehearsal room. Enjoy one of the most acclaimed fruits of our labor with this special Vashon return performance of FAIL BETTER. All are invited to contribute in support of UMO's new works development.

MOUNT VERNON: Friday, March 8, 7:30pm

McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center
2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273

McIntyre Hall

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"... the muscled cast performs it while straddling a giant seesaw and clinging to a rope strung from two pulleys overhanging concrete pavement. Just when you think they can’t go on, they do."
- NY Times

UMO’s original work FAIL BETTER receives stunning reviews and sold out houses during its run in Seattle at the Samuel Beckett Festival and ACT Theatre, the 2015 NY Fringe Festival, and the 2016 Fury Factory Festival in San Francisco.


“UMO Ensemble’s remarkable tribute to (Beckett’s) genius, Fail Better is a mesmerizing production… a visual delight and an intellectual teaser.”

The Seattle Times.


“UMO found the genius in both Beckett and themselves.”

Drama in the Hood.


“It is truthful, thoughtful and it holds real power to touch the intellect and the emotions simultaneously.”

Seattle Star.


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UMO Ensemble has a repertoire of physical performances that are available for tour and bookings.

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To book a performance or inquire about corporate events just email Elizabeth Klob.