This project is an investigation of failure. My thesis was the worst experience I have ever had as a lighting designer, and the only time I have been embarrassed to have my work seen. This paper analyzes the design choices that I made and the process by which I made them, as well as the attitudes which informed those choices. Additionally, it attempts to identify the effects of choices made by other members of the production team, who contributed significantly to the overall condition of failure. The analysis is necessarily subjective. It is only as the person who was shaped by this experience that I can look back and attempt to analyze how the experience happened, and how it it shaped me. Besides the lighting plot, which is factual, my own memory is a major source of data, and it is shared via narrative. I have striven to make this analysis as accurate and as dispassionate as possible; it is also the ashes of a volcanically emotional experience. The results of the analysis are the most honest personal truths that I can excavate, but I cannot make a claim to objectivity.