2016 FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater will feature UMO Ensemble's acclaimed FAIL BETTER

UMO will perform in San Francisco at Joe Goode's Annex during the 2016 FURY Factory Festival. Performance dates are as follows:

Thurs, 6/16 at 6:30PM
Friday, 6/17 at 9:00PM
Saturday, 6/18 at 6:30PM
Sunday, 6/19 at 6:30PM

BUY TICKETS HERE

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

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

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. This 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.

“A brilliantly performed and orchestrated show… an artistic postcard from the edge of reality well worth going to see, hear, feel and experience.” – Huffington Post


Quick Links


"... 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 and the 2015 NY Fringe Festival.

UMO explores the essential themes of Samuel Beckett’s prose using a giant teeter totter , ropes and pulleys. Five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life, death and going-on in typical Beckett fashion: with humor, metaphor, stillness and gross indecency; creating a visceral experience of Beckett.

Beckett’s writings speak directly to physical enterprise: walking, balancing, throwing, eating, hanging, and spinning. UMO takes these impulses, these questions and conundrums, and uses them to launch our love story – into the air itself.

UMO explores the essential themes of Samuel Beckett’s prose using a giant teeter totter , ropes and pulleys. Five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life, death and going-on in typical Beckett fashion: with humor, metaphor, stillness and gross indecency; creating a visceral experience of Beckett.

 

UMO is thrilled to welcome Guest Artists Terry Crane and Jimmy Garver to FAIL BETTER. Terry is a world-renowned rope artist, and Jimmy is an extraordinary sound designer, joining us from DC. Jon Schroeder, master set builder, designed our giant teeter totter. UMO Ensemble members Janet McAlpin, David Godsey, Maria Glanz and Lyam White will perform, and Elizabeth Klob, executive artist of UMO, will direct and serve 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.

 

“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.