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Dead Man's Cell Phone

  • Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Ave Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

A wildly imaginative comedy by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Phil Jordan

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café... A stranger at the next table who has had enough... And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean HouseEurydice, and In the Next Room. A work about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

In the words of director Phil Jordan, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a play that looks deep into our hearts and finds plenty to laugh about. Sarah Ruhl has a gift for telling the truth about human beings in a way that is both serious and funny. No other modern playwright captures the human spirit – in all its foibles and strength – in the way she is able to do. The play follows the journey of Jean, a lonely woman who finds her way through a dangerous landscape with only a dead man’s cell phone to guide her. Part thriller, part comedy, and completely engaging, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a modern play that feels like a mix of classical tragedy and psychological drama, infused in laughter from beginning to end.”

Sarah Ruhl’s plays have been produced at theaters around the country, including Lincoln Center Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, among others, and internationally. She is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (for The Clean House, 2004), the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award. The Clean House was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

Jean:  Gail Liston

Gordon:  Jim Carroll
Mrs. Gottlieb:  Nancy Pfeiffer

Hermia:  Kathy Stanley
Dwight:  Brian Plebanek
The Other Woman/The Stranger:  Susan Hanson
Grief Angels:  
Melanie Bacon, Katharine Ewing, Peggy Gilmer, Kathryn Lynn Morgen, Loretta Seybert

October 9th - 24th, 2015
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 / Sunday @ 2:00
Piano Bar opens one hour before each performance

Adult $22 / Senior $18 / Youth $15 / Military $18 / Matinee $15

Theatre Season Subscription - purchase all five shows and receive 20% off regular ticket prices (excludes matinees). Subscribers receive first choice of the best seats and free ticket exchange privileges. Theatre Season Subscription 20% off: Adults $90 / Seniors $74 / Youth $62.


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565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260

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Later Event: October 24
Dead Man's Cell Phone