Longwood to present Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Published 12:15 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Longwood University Theatre’s production of the dark comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl will be presented Sept. 24-27 and Oct. 1-4 in the Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Communication Studies and Theatre.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, which premiered in 2007, received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. The play begins with 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.

“This wildly imaginative work is about how we memorialize the dead and how those memories change us,” said Lacy Klinger, assistant professor of theatre, who will direct the production. “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.”

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Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for senior citizens, Longwood faculty/staff and students from other colleges/schools; and $6 for Longwood students with ID.

Call or email the box office (434) 395-2474 or boxoffice@longwood.edu for tickets. The box office is next to the Mainstage Theatre on the first floor of the center, located at the corner of Franklin and Race streets.