Monday, August 10, 2009

Announcing auditions: Dead Man's Cell Phone

Audition dates have been announced for Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, the first script in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 staged reading season. They will take place Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

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 cafĂ©. 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.

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