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Darwin's Meditation for The People Of Lincoln

dj mendel, d.j. mendel director, dbr, daniel bernard roumain, BAM, next wave festival

The Success of Failure, or

The Failure of Success


NYC/Minneapolis/San Francisco


Written and Composed  by

Cynthia Hopkins


Designed by

Jeff Sugg

Jim Findlay



Jamie McElhinney


Choreography by

David Neumann/Annie B. Parson


Directed by

D.J. Mendel



Cynthia Hopkins

Jeff Sugg

Jim Findlay





Mother Tongue
The List/Rosanne Cash
The Truth; A Tragedy
Must Don't Whip 'Um
Tom, Dick and Harry
Gravel's Spine
Fabulous Johnny
Fitcher's Bird
Speak Up!
Miss America
Wake Up and Waltz
Planet earth: Dreams
I'm Movin' On

Collaborating once again with her team of designers, Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, and director D.J. Mendel - Cynthia Hopkins delivers a far-out conclusion to her Accidental Trilogy - a magical adventure into the future of our Universe.


This inter-galactic tale is told with Hopkins' signature hybrid of spell-binding text, heart-wrenching songs, innovative orchestral environments, and immersive, handcrafted video-scapes. An epic folk tale from the far distant future, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) is the heroic saga of Ruom Yes Noremac's secret mission to save the world.


During the course of her lonely journey through space, Ruom Yes Noremac realizes that only by failing to save the Earth can she succeed in saving the Universe.

D.J. Mendel

Actor, Director, Writer

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