By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Andrew Coopman
May 28 - June 7, 2020
Previews May 23 & 26
Pay-What-You-Can Wednesday June 3
Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre
“Thank God there are still people who build churches for the rest of us so that when someone dies or gets married we have a place to—. I could not put all of this— (she thinks the word grief) — in a low-ceilinged room—no—it requires height.
Jean’s cell phone rings.
Could someone please turn their fucking cell phone off.”
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 brilliant comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. It follows Jean, an unexceptional woman who embarks on an odyssey into the lives of others when she inherits— confiscates, really—the phone of a (dead) stranger. This is a play about how we memorialize the dead, and how that remembering changes us. It is the story of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Second-year MFA director Andrew Coopman directs.