Baker, Harting, Maurer Join Dead Man's Cell Phone Cast in NYC

News   Baker, Harting, Maurer Join Dead Man's Cell Phone Cast in NYC
 
Full cast and production details have been announced for Playwrights Horizons' New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

Previews begin at the PH Mainstage on West 42nd Street Feb. 8, 2008. Joining previously announced Tony, Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, "Weeds"), Drama Desk and Obie Award winner and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America) and Obie Award winner Bill Camp (Homebody/Kabul, Coram Boy) will be David Aaron Baker (Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun, The Rainmaker, Abe Lincoln in Illinois), Carla Harting (Off-Broadway's Eurydice, Orson's Shadow) and Kelly Maurer (Broadway's The Old Neighborhood).

Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Bogart (artistic director of SITI Company), the production will open March 4. Ruhl's plays include the Pulitzer-nominated The Clean House, and Eurydice.

This is Parker's return to the stage for the first time since earning a 2005 Tony nomination for the Broadway production of Reckless. She previously won a Tony Award for Proof and was also nominated for Prelude to a Kiss. She stars in the hit Showtime series "Weeds," for which she earned a Golden Globe Award, as well as an Emmy nomination and second Golden Globe nomination.

According to Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, "Gordon (Bill Camp) is dead, but his cell phone lives on. When Jean (Mary-Louise Parker), an empathetic museum worker, answers his ringing phone beside her in a café, she is soon playing unwitting comforter and confessor to the man's grieving friends and family. Before she knows it, Jean is ensnarled in the underbelly of the dead man’s bizarre life. A wildly imaginative new comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technology-obsessed world."

The production will feature scenic and costume designs by G.W. Mercier, lighting design by Brian H Scott and soundscape by Darron L West. Production stage manager will be Elizabeth Moreau. The performance schedule will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Subscriptions are now available to guarantee seats to Dead Man's Cell Phone. Single tickets will go on sale Jan. 11.

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org or call (212) 279-4200.

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