Dead Man's Cell Phone

The Arches presents

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Written by Sarah Ruhl // Directed by Stasi Schaeffer

Wed 8 - Fri 10 Jun 2011 | 7pm | £7/£5 + bf

Stasi Schaeffer directs the UK premiere of Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a remarkable play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

When Jean answers a ringing phone in a diner, she finds herself embarking on a journey that will change her life forever. From the back room of a stationery store, where true love is found inside embossed envelopes, to celestial Laundromats where beloveds wash their socks together for all eternity, Jean finds herself thrust into a surreal world where she is forced to confront her own assumptions about mortality, morality, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a poignant and hilarious juxtaposition between everyday mundanities and the more complex issues which dictate our lives: making connections, remembering the dead, falling in love, and lobster bisque.

Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Stasi Schaeffer. Design by Avril Scott. Sound design by RJ McConnell. Lighting design by Alexander Ridgers.

Running time: 1 hour 30 mins


“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

“She writes with space, sound and image as well as words; her goal is to make the audience live in the moment, to make the known unfamiliar in order to reanimate it.” John Lahr, New Yorker

“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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