Fringe Show Director Joshua James Campbell on Nostalgic “Failure: A Love Story”

Photo by Sasha Andreev.

Photo by Sasha Andreev.

Joshua James Campbell is known for his ascending acting career but he is also a fine director. He has both an experimental touch and, if you know his acting roles, a way of connecting with deep feelings. Even though he has been busy acting full time at the Guthrie in a terrific performance as Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, he actually found the time to direct a challenging one act set in the 1920s titled Failure: A Love Story.

Photo by Sasha Andreev.

Photo by Sasha Andreev.

Campbell shares “I love this play. It is wistful and artfully written. My dear college friend Philip Dawkins wrote it and I immediately fell in love with it. Actors play clocks, dogs and all sorts of silly characters, yet it is a real play that affects and teaches me.  And this cast performs it beautifully. I have a cast full of Professional Actors who work constantly in this city. I’m so happy to be able to highlight their abilities and have the Twin Cities see them in perhaps a new light.”

Failure: A Love Story
Through Aug. 10
Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Av., Mpls.

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