If you were sitting in a café and the man next to you failed to answer his mobile phone would you lean over and answer it? Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a fantastical play about a woman who does just that, and suddenly finds her life turned upside down and inside out. Starring Lisa McCune, and directed by MTC Associate Director Peter Evans, Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens Thursday 1 July 2010 at 8:00pm at the MTC Theatre, Sumner.
 
When the stranger seated next to her in a café fails to answer his incessantly ringing mobile phone, Jean (Lisa McCune) decides to answer it, only to discover that the man seated next to her has croaked. Feeling somewhat responsible for the stranger and wanting to offer some comfort to the dead man’s family, what can Jean do but keep answering the phone? But responsibilities taken up lightly can become burdens in time. Soon she is telling the callers exactly what she thinks they need to hear, and being drawn more and more into their lives as they are into hers.
 
Dancing out of the light-footed imagination of Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a surreal and romantic fantasy about the needto connect in a technologically obsessed world.
 
‘Many loved the strange, off-kilter world of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House and here she is again infusing the everyday with a sense of wonder, a sense that love or plain human goodness can triumph over the cruelty of fate. But I find that beneath the optimism and simplicity there’s always something dark, ineffable and complex in Ruhl’s fables; her glass is only half full because it’s also half empty.’ MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips.
 
Sarah Ruhl is a brilliant American playwright with a unique comic voice. Ruhl’s productions have been staged all over America, including the Lincoln Centre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory and Yale Repertory, to name just a few. Ruhl is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the MacArther Grant, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award for her play, The Clean House. She is also the recipient of a 2008 PEN Award for Drama. Ruhl’s plays include: Passion Play, Eurydice, Melancholy Play, Orlando, Late and A Cowboy Love Song.
 
 ‘Watching a Ruhl play … is like being whisked into a smartly observed fun house. Give yourself over to it, and it’s a helluva ride.’The Miami Herald
 
Production Details:
Dead Man’s Cell Phone – MTC Theatre, Sumner
Season dates: 26 June to 7 August 2010
Opening night: Thursday 1 July 2010 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $42.55-$83.15 (Under 30s $30)
Booking information: MTC Box Office (03) 8688 0900 or mtc.com.au
Mini Subscriptions now on sale: 3-6 play packages start from as little as $130.80, Under 30s just $75.00. MTC Box Office (03) 8688 0800 or mtc.com.au
 
Join MTC for a  Sumner Sundowner – Book tickets to the Sunday 25 July performance of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and stay behind for free with a relaxed glass of wine and informal Q&A with the cast, all from the comfort of a bean bag.

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