Playscript | $12 ($10 direct from UDP)
Perfect-bound. 80 pp, 5 x 8 in.
Publication Date: November 15, 2009
Series: Emergency Playscripts
Hello Failure was presented in the Prelude Festival in 2007, and produced at PS 122 in March 2008.
"The play opens quietly, more or less, on the Eastern Seaboard and then closes, more or less miraculously, somewhere else altogether, achieving on its happy and troublous way all the things a reader or audience member could hope for– distance, speed, heart, submersion, emergence, truth, mystery, and more. By the end, in a plain and simple and fairly sad way, everything stands for everything else, nothing is not filled with mystery, and to be a living human being is seen to be– despite the drawbacks– the most enviable thing of all." — WILL ENO
"One day people are going to realize that Kristen is the Chekhov of our time." — LAYLAGE COURIE
"Kristen Kosmas is one of the most exciting and accomplished new voices in the American theatre… Her story of seven submariners' wives marries Chekhovian realism to a language reminiscent of Gertrude Stein for one of the best new plays of the season." — GEORGE HUNKA (writing about the 2008 production of Hello Failure at PS 122)
"You can hate if you want but you're wrong." — ANDY HOROWITZ
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Kristen Kosmas is a writer and performer. Her plays and solo performances have been produced at theaters in Seattle, Austin, Boston, and Chicago, and in New York City at venues including the Prelude Festival, PS 122, Dixon Place, Little Theater, Barbes, and the Ontological/Hysteric Downstairs Series. Her play Hello Failure was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her multi-voice performance text This From Cloudland appeared in PLAY A Journal of Plays. An excerpt from her monologue, H., is in Supermachine Issue 3. In the Summer of 2011 Kristen is in residence at the Invisible Dog to work on There There, a performance installation dwelling on the wildly inappropriate, inspired by the surprisingly forgettable character Solyony from Chekhov's Three Sisters.