Director Tracie Ewing is looking to cast 4 women and 2 men. One of the women's characters is in her 50s-60s, the other characters are between their late 20s and early 40s. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script.
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. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – 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.
- "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
- "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
- “…beguiling new comedy…Ms. Ruhl’s work blends the mundane and the metaphysical, the blunt and the obscure, the patently bizarre and the bizarrely moving.” – The New York Times
The reading will take place Tuesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. It is a Pay What You Can Event.