Oct. 1- 9, 2010
This comedy is about a woman who answers a stranger’s incessantly ringing cell phone only to discover that he is dead and she is suddenly holding the battery powered link between the isolation of life and the inclusiveness of death.
Sarah Ruhl was awarded the MacArthur Genius Fellowship in 2006 for “creating theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war.”
Ruhl’s latest play, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) opened on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play.
Director Gaye Jeffers finds the comedic spark of Sarah Ruhl fresh and intriguing. “I am always drawn to plays that some might categorize as quirky and questioning. When I began to read the plays of Sarah Ruhl, I knew that her voice was a unique one, and one that our audience should experience. Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a dark comedy that examines some fascinating ideas about what truly connects us and what loose ends we all leave behind.”
The cast of Dead Man’s Cell Phone features UTC students Savannah Daigle, Jennifer Ervin, Grace Holtz, Kaleb Moran, John Moser, and Grace Wright. Lesli Crowe, Madeline Homrich, Gregory Jackson, Will Park, Erin Skelly, and Alex Whittle portray the “Singers and Cell Phone Ballet Movers.”