Dead Man's Cell Phone

Friday, February 14 - 23, 2014
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
$15.00 - $25.00

Dead Man’s Cell Phone
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

“Ruhl’s zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in.” – Variety

When Jean answers the cell phone of a recently deceased café patron, she holds on to the device to keep the man alive in a strange yet significant way. Jean’s quiet life is turned upside-down as she’s thrust into a world of mysterious strangers, shady business deals, and the potential for true love.

A story about memory, redemption, and connection – and disconnection – in a technology obsessed world, Ruhl’s comedy is a mesmerizing reflection of today.

About the playwright and director
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination), Late: a cowboy song, and most recently, Stage Kiss. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Classic Stage Company. She was recently the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty Award, and the 2010 Lilly Award.

Jess Hutchinson creates invigorating, intimate, sometimes immersive theatrical experiences. As artistic director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, she directed world premieres, re-imagined classics, and championed the creation of the Treehouse Reading Series, which shepherded new plays through the middle of their development process. Favorite past productions include: Arcadia, The Dining Room (Jeff Citation Nomination: Best Director, Best Ensemble), The Man Who Was Thursday, Burying Miss America, Vox Pandora (New Leaf Theatre), Hideous Progeny (LiveWire Chicago Theatre), and Orange Flower Water (BackStage Theatre Company). She is pursuing her M.F.A. at The University of Texas at Austin.

View the program online.

Feb. 14, 15, 19-22 at 8pm
Feb. 16, 23 at 2pm

Community Outreach Event:
Sunday, February 16, following the 2pm matinee performance

How does technology alter the ways people interact with one another? What do we lose when we assume that all changes brought about via technology are good ones? Patrons are invited to join members of the creative team from Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone as we look at the connections – and disconnections – made in today’s world. The post-performance discussion will be held in the Winship Drama Building Atrium immediately following the performance of Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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