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Dead Man's Cell Phone - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Sarah Ruhl

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573663925

"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
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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Various locations. The present.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
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 new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. 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.

REVIEWS

"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

"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] tackles big ideas with a voice that entertains" - NPR

"...beguiling new comedy...Ms. Ruhl's work blends the mundane and the metaphysical, the blunt and the obscure, the patently bizarre and the bizarrely moving." - New York Time


Dead Man's Cell Phone was first presented at Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. in 2007. It was directed by Rebecca Taichman.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JEAN - a woman
GORDON - a dead man
MRS. GOTTLIEB - Gordon's mother
HERMIA - Gordon's Widow
DWIGHT - Gordon's brother
THE OTHER WOMAN/THE STRANGER - has an accent
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by ... view full profile

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Reviews
Michael Kirby 8/29/2015 2:12 PM
I really enjoyed the beginning but became less interested toward the end.
Tammi Doyle 5/20/2014 2:22 PM
Cynthia Allan 3/25/2014 10:53 AM
This is a poetic script where the stage directions have as much rhythm as the dialogue. It is slightly odd and off-center, but at the heart of it is the question on how it came to be that technology keeps us ever more connected but increasingly out of touch with each other. Few playwrights have the ability to turn an immolation into a quotidian activity, but Ruhl manages to create mostly gentle, worn characters we recognize within an ever escalating world of the absurd.

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