(LEBANON, IL.) — A man dies in a quiet café. His cell phone continues to ring incessantly until the woman at the next table picks it up—and gets caught up in his troubles. So begins “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” presented by the McKendree University Theatre Department, Apr. 4-7 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s matinee starts at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free but reservations are required. Contact the Hett box office between noon and 4 p.m. at 618-537-6863. The Hett opens for general admission seating 30 minutes early.
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” premiered in 2007 and won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. The play explores modern technology’s ability to both connect and isolate people, said Director Michelle Magnussen, associate professor of theatre.
Cast members are Loren Terveer as Jean; Andrew Letscher as Gordon, a dead man with lots of loose ends; Brittany Thompson as Mrs. Gottlieb, his mother; Amanda Morgan as Carlotta; JD Lindley as Dwight, Gordon’s brother; and Korenna Anderson as Hermia, Gordon’s widow.
Makenna Kramer and Hunter Tucker are stage managers for the show. Assisting Technical Director Douglas Magnussen is crew member Elizabeth Birkner.