SynopsisJean is sleepwalking through her life until she answers a dead man’s cell phone. It turns out to be a wake-up call that sends her on a date with the dead man’s brother, a drinking binge with his wife, and a mysterious rendez-vous with his mistress. Not to mention trips to the afterlife and the black market. In this quirky modern adventure, Jean re-connects to her own spirit and learns that life is for the living. Sarah Ruhl gained widespread recognition for her play The Clean House, which won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. She also won the 2006 MacArthur Fellowship for "creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war." Other plays include Eurydice and Passion Play.
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“Edgy” –Sun Times
“Playful” –Daily Herald
“Lovely” –Daily Herald
“Quirky” –Time Out
Literary Assistant Joy Meads explores the creation of the unique world of Dead Man's Cell Phone.
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses Sarah Ruhl's fantastical new play.
Artistic Apprentice Michael Vinson explores Sarah Ruhl's path as a playwright.