The Elgin Theatre Company ends its 2017-2018 season with its production of Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl.
An incessantly ringing cell phone disturbs a woman sitting at a café table. She is furious at the owner for not picking up the call, until she discovers he’s dead. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new dramatic comedy. This work about how we memorialize the dead, and how that remembering changes us, is the odyssey of a woman confronting her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. This is a show for those who have felt the need for personal attachment in the detached world of cellular communication.
"Satire is her oxygen [...] In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave." - The Washington Post
"The beguiling new comedy [...] blends the mundane and the metaphysical, the blunt and the obscure, the patently bizarre and the bizarrely moving [...] [Ruhl] writes surrealist fantasies that happen to be populated by eccentrically real people, comedies in which the surface illogic of dreams is made meaningful – made truthful – by the deeper logic of human feeling." - The New York Times
"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
Ruhl is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. She has received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award, the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur "genius" award.
Performances of Dead Man's Cell Phone will be held on June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, 2018. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.
This production is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Dead Man's Cell Phone is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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A Woman, Jean....Kim Green of South Elgin
A Dead Man, Gordon....William Petersen of Carpentersville
Gordon's Mother, Mrs. Gottlieb....Marilyn House of Elgin
Gordon's Widow, Hermia....Debbie Fowler of Bartlett
Gordon's Brother, Dwight....Edward Duncan of Elgin
The Other Woman/The Stranger....Marina Dudanova of Palatine