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- Saturday, April 21st, 2012 - MAC - Marshall Theatre: "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
"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 Linfield College theatre students will take audience members on a rollercoaster ride of unforeseen encounters with death, relationships, and technology in "Dead Man's Cell Phone." Performance dates are April 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m., April 15 at 2 p.m., and April 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. This play contains mature language and adult content. Strobe lights are used in this production. Written by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, "Dead Man's Cell Phone" is a thought-provoking comedy about the human capacity to connect. The story begins with a woman, Jean, sitting in a cafe when a cell phone rings. As the man across the way ignores his ringing phone, Jean grows quietly outraged and answers it. She soon discovers the man is dead and she has become the last link between him and the people in his life. Interacting with his overbearing mother, emotionally estranged wife, mysterious mistress, lonely brother and sinister career associate, Jean develops a desire to bring them comfort even when it means lying. Through her attempt to bring redemption to the man, Jean is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality and her need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. According to Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts who directs the play, the production will explore the way technology touches everyday life. "While it allows us to send instantaneous messages and connect to people all over the world in a matter of seconds, it also allows us to disconnect from the person sitting right in the next room," she said. Cast members include freshman Nicholas Granato; juniors Paige Keith, Jacob Priester, and Daphne Dossett; and seniors Bailey Anne Maxwell and Grace Beckett. The dance ensemble includes freshmen Allison Halley and Daniel Bradley; sophomores Timothy Marl and Whitney Weber; and senior Kanon Havens. Scenic design is by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts; costume design is by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate, costume designer and shop manager; and sound design and technical direction is by Rob Vaughn, technical director and instructional associate. Linfield students providing production support include assistant director Chris Forrer, lighting designer Katie Grainey, assistant sound designer Laura Haspel, makeup and hair designer Ebonee Atkins, and stage manager Meagan Gear. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students (any age, any school); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at http://www.linfield.edu/culture, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open April 14 and 21 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The box office is closed Mondays. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503.883.2292. To reach Ford Hall from Highway 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot. Visit http://www.linfield.edu/admission/visit/preparing-for-your-visit/campusmap.html for a map (Ford Hall is number 58B on the map).
Location: Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall
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